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tk13
01-07-2006, 12:47 AM
Heimerdinger takes a shot at Jeff Fisher...

http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060107/SPORTS01/601070305/1011

Jets prepare for life after Herm

By ANDREA ADELSON
The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Herman Edwards stopped by the Jets' facility for a short time Friday to collect a few items before going on his way.

Now the Jets join a crowded group searching for a head coach.

The Chiefs and Jets finally agreed to compensation Friday, leaving Edwards free to negotiate with Kansas City to replace longtime mentor Dick Vermeil. The Jets, in turn, will receive a surprisingly low fourth-round pick from Kansas City.

Though Edwards technically remained Jets coach until a new deal with the Chiefs was finished, the organization started the process of replacing him.

On their list of candidates are their three top assistants: defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, along with Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, former Saints coach Jim Haslett and former Packers coach Mike Sherman.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders could be added to the list because of his close ties with Jets general manager Terry Bradway. Though there is no timetable to make a hire, the Jets realize they must move quickly because there are so many vacancies. For one, Henderson interviewed Friday with the Saints in San Antonio.

Despite all the upheaval with the organization, Bradway was unavailable for comment but released a statement.

"We will begin interviewing head coaching candidates immediately," Bradway said. "We will comply with the guidelines set forth by the National Football League and we will conduct a thorough and complete interview process."

Heimerdinger, who was on vacation in Phoenix, expects to talk with the team when he returns next week. He was sad to see his boss go, especially after Edwards kept the team together this past season despite injury problems.

"I thought he was tremendous," Heimerdinger said. "I've been a part of a team that quit on us with about seven games left and being miserable as a coach. Herm got them to play every week. You knew they were going to bust their butts. He amazed me."

Cornerback David Barrett was completely shocked with the departure. When Edwards addressed his players for the final time Monday, he told them he looked forward to seeing them in March for the start of the off-season conditioning program.

Later Monday at his final news conference, Edwards said, "I'm happy to be the coach here and I'm going to be the coach here, like I said before."

"I'm very surprised," Barrett said in a telephone interview. "But I don't feel bad about it. I know this is a business. In a business anything can happen at any given time. I wish him the best."

It appears the Jets got below-market value for Edwards. When the Chiefs hired Vermeil in 2001 they were forced to give St. Louis a second- and third-round pick even though he had retired after leaving the Rams.

The Raiders received two No. 1s, two No. 2s and $8 million from Tampa Bay for Jon Gruden, and New England got picks in the first four rounds from the Jets for Bill Parcells.

But the situation in Hempstead became untenable for Edwards and the organization. Though owner Woody Johnson told the team in November he wanted Edwards to stay, he made few comments publicly to squelch the rampant speculation the Chiefs wanted his coach.

The idea that Edwards would ask for an extension after going 4-12 might have rubbed some in the organization the wrong way, leaving them no choice but to let Edwards go, no matter the small return. Edwards, who took the Jets to the playoffs three times in five years, is the fourth coach to leave the team without getting fired.

Parcells went to the front office after the 1999 season, Bill Belichick stuck around for a day before bolting for New England and Al Groh quit after one year.

Looking to the future, the Jets might want to hire someone with previous head coaching experience. Sherman and Haslett recently were let go from their posts after extended stays. Fassel has experience in New York, having coached the Giants for seven seasons and taking them to the Super Bowl in 2001.

When reached Friday, Fassel declined comment on his situation.

Whoever gets the job faces big questions. Will they give Chad Pennington a chance to win the starting quarterback job despite his second rotator cuff injury? Will Curtis Martin be allowed to stick around for one more season despite his age? How will they rebuild the offense?

Only time will tell.

Count Zarth
01-07-2006, 01:47 AM
How interesting that Germ's players never quit on him, yet he quit on his players.

Tactical Funky
01-07-2006, 01:55 AM
How interesting that Germ's players never quit on him, yet he quit on his players.
The Jets are a mess; I can't say that I blame him. KC is the most - or one of the most - desirable of the coaching positions available currently.

I'm willing to give Edwards a shot.

tk13
01-07-2006, 01:58 AM
I think it's more like his ownership quit on Herm. All they had to say was "no thanks" to Carl and avoid this whole mess.

quiettiger
01-07-2006, 03:10 AM
"The idea that Edwards would ask for an extension after going 4-12 might have rubbed some in the organization the wrong way, leaving them no choice but to let Edwards go, no matter the small return. Edwards, who took the Jets to the playoffs three times in five years, is the fourth coach to leave the team without getting fired.

Parcells went to the front office after the 1999 season, Bill Belichick stuck around for a day before bolting for New England and Al Groh quit after one year."

--Jets are a mess and have been for awhile. The Chiefs got Herm cheap and they are still complaining. Herm wants the same thing that Haslett wants and that is to have management believe in him enough to let him stick around without having to look over his shoulder.

---The Jets need to look for an experienced coach because that team is in disarray bigtime.

---Herm didn't turn his back on his players. He didn't have a choice. His options were shrinking and the odds of him doing anything next year regardless are bad. Herm needed to go. Jets needed a change.

Count Zarth
01-07-2006, 03:17 AM
Well I will say this much.

Edwards will have management behind him 100% here. That will help.

grandllama
01-07-2006, 03:20 AM
Hell, I think Marty would be perfect for the Jets..... they wouldn't even miss a step.

RedDread
01-07-2006, 04:16 AM
The next eight months are gonna suck baows. Are we seriously gonna have to listen to all this crap the whole offseason?

the Talking Can
01-07-2006, 05:14 AM
How interesting that Germ's players never quit on him, yet he quit on his players.

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