Herm Edwards could be on the verge of making an unexpected return to coaching in 2018.
The former NFL cornerback and coach has emerged as a serious candidate to replace Todd Graham as the head coach at Arizona State University, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.
Edwards will interview with Arizona State vice president of athletics Ray Anderson sometime this week.
Edwards has been out of coaching since being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2008 season. He was hired as an NFL analyst by ESPN in 2009, and continues to hold that position today. Every year for the past seven years he has served as a coach in the Under Armour All-American game, which features several of the top high school football recruits in the country.
If he is going to make a return to full-time coaching, Edwards made it clear that the job has to be the right fit for him.
“It has to be the right fit,” Edwards said on Wednesday (via Bonagura). “Coaching is about fits.”
Edwards played in the NFL for 10 seasons (1977-1986), spending nine years with the Philadelphia Eagles, and one year split between the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams.
He landed his first coaching job at San Jose State University in 1987 before moving on to an NFL scouting and coaching career in 1990.
Edwards was named head coach of the New York Jets in 2001, and would hold that position through the 2005 season.
Following the 2005 season, Edwards was traded to the Chiefs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Edwards lasted on three seasons in Kansas City before being fired.
Edwards has a career record of 54-74 in the regular season and 2-4 in the postseason as an NFL head coach.
As a player, he will forever be remembered for his role in the “Miracle at the Meadowlands.”
As a coach, he has always been notorious for the following soundbite.
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