Herm Edwards For The First Time Since Being Fired

March 12, 2009 – 7:50 am by Michael Bean

Former Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards won’t be on the sideline in the National Football League for the first time since his playing days ended in 1986 with the Los Angeles Rams. That’s a long run. Edwards has taken a gig at ESPN for the time being and he took some time out to talk to WHB in Kansas City to talk about the new job, enjoying things he hasn’t been able to do since embarking on a coaching career, whether or not he has plans to return to the game, and of course, about his tenure in KC.

On whether he agreed that his job in Kansas City might have been safe had it not been for the Chiefs owner Clark Hunt needing to let Carl Peterson go:

“Well I don’t know that so much. I know that we had a good relationship, Clark and myself. And Carl and myself. Now what transpired through all the rest of that stuff, I don’t know. And really it’s not even worth worrying about. I mean, they went in the direction they needed to go in. And the thing I’m happy about is I was part of getting it going in that direction.”

Does he think Larry Johnson will be retained by the Chiefs?

“I do. With a new staff in there, he’s got another opportunity to..whatever’s happened in the past has happened in the past. And what he does going forward is probably the most important thing.”

Did he think LJ had the ability to improve himself on and off the field?

“Well I hope so. I think what he went through last year, I don’t think he liked that a whole lot. I think he was a little bit remorseful of what all went down, of when he had to sit down. When he had to sit down, all of a sudden, and when he was healthy, it had nothing to do with his health..it was because of what he had done off the field. That got him. So hopefully he understands where he stands now.”

On his decision to bench Johnson towards the end of the season, not suspend him, which would have cost him a huge chunk of his salary:

“The money’s one thing but I think even that, when you sit a player down and they can’t play – that hurts them more. I mean that even hurts ’em more. Because that is where they perform; that is what they want to do. You know, football players want to play football. They make enough money now where you fine them, they just kind of look at you and go okay. You know, but when you sit them down and they can’t perform, hopefully that makes them understand, hey you know what, it’s not only about money it’s about you not performing.”

Listen here to Herm Edwards on WHB in Kansas City

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  1. 2 Responses to “Herm Edwards For The First Time Since Being Fired”

  2. Herm is a class act. Maybe needed to be a little tougher, and maybe a little out of place on sundays, but class act none the less. I wish the King and Clark would have let him start his thing in year 1 instead of year 3. It was too late then. I believe he knew that too. He made comments, as did clark early on, thtat people would not be able to handle a youth movement. Herms legacy will be how this team performs this year. But he will have to share it with Haley, because Haley will be doing the coaching, and that’s the way it should be.
    I think Herm should consider the front office. there is no question about his ability to relate and work with players, adn there is little question about his ability to evaluate talent. I seriously doubt he had a lot of input on the first 2 drafts, I think #3 probably most wore his signature.His honesty and integrity will make him attractive to deal with for agents as a GM or in a similar role.

    By tom on Mar 13, 2009

  3. Thanks for the comment Tom. Agreed. I have some qualms with Herm as a decision maker and with how he weighs when to be conservative vs. take risks. but I agree about him being a class act. When I heard the interview, I thought the same thing, and there’s no doubt the league and the players who get to work with him are better off because of him being in the game. Cheers.

    By Bunk on Mar 13, 2009

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