The latter two addressed a change in philosophy in the Sun Devil football program.
Edwards was last seen on the sideline as the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. That said, Edwards had almost zero talent to work with, including a quarterback stable of Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle and the like.
The school held a presser today to formally announce the hiring, and for some reason, yet another agent vouched for Edwards's skill and integrity.
Edwards was introduced Monday at a news conference, which also featured ASU President Michael Crow and Athletic Director Ray Anderson. "I've done this my whole life". This was certainly a new head coaching name among inside the annual carousel, but Edwards has connections to decision makers at Arizona State.
Edwards is perhaps best known for his "you play to win the game" rant following a game while he was the Jets' head coach.
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Edwards has been a studio commentator for ESPN since his last coaching job with the Chiefs from 2006-08. The coach he's replacing, Todd Graham, went 46-31 in six years and led the team to five bowl games.
The former National Football League coach is now the 46th head coach of the program and it's also the first time Edwards hasn't coached at the collegiate level since 1989, but he made it clear that he's in Tempe to take the program to newer heights as well as evolve young athletes into men. He went 18-19 in the final three seasons but guided the school to a bowl game for the fifth time in sixth seasons this year.
Edwards' only college coaching experience was from 1987-1989, when he was the defensive backs coach at San Jose State.
Before coaching, he played in the National Football League from 1977 to 1986 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams as a defensive back.
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