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Old 12-25-2007, 07:08 AM  
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Ex-Jets coach Herm Edwards won't revisit shadowy departure

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Herm Edwards is 13-18 in two seasons with the Chiefs after going 39-41 in five seasons with the Jets (below). Riedel/AP

Herm Edwards is 13-18 in two seasons with the Chiefs after going 39-41 in five seasons with the Jets (below).
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Al Groh bolted for a college job. Bill Belichick was in such a rush to quit that he scribbled his resignation as "HC of the NYJ" on a sheet of loose-leaf paper. Bill Parcells retired (ha!). Rich Kotite didn't resign and wasn't fired; officially, he "stepped aside."

There have been many clumsy separations over the years for the Jets and their coaches, but the most mysterious departure belongs to Herm Edwards - a shadowy chapter that will be revisited this week with the Chiefs (4-11) coming to town for a meaningless season finale against the Jets (3-12) Sunday at the Meadowlands.

"I wish it hadn't ended with all the smokescreens and all that stuff," Edwards told the Daily News from his office in Kansas City. "Time heals a lot of wounds. I never had any animosity against anybody. I know what happened and why it happened. The public will never know exactly what happened. It's not for them to know. A decision was made and it was best for both parties. I carry that to my grave."

Edwards was released from his contract after the 2005 season, only six weeks after owner Woody Johnson professed his "love" for him. There are many different versions of what happened. This much can't be disputed: A once-happy marriage went bad in a hurry.

Essentially, Edwards dropped hints about desiring a contract extension, and the Jets, coming off a 4-12 season, didn't want to re-up for a coach who had two years remaining on his deal. Some in the organization were miffed by his public flirtation with the Chiefs, and soon there were rumors circulating around Weeb Ewbank Hall about the possibility of hiring then-Patriots assistant Eric Mangini - speculation that, no doubt, irked Edwards.

The Jets wound up with a fourth-round pick as compensation from Kansas City, which they used to select Leon Washington, who was voted this year's team MVP. At the time of the divorce, a Jets official said they "stole" the pick from the Chiefs, implying that Edwards was going to get fired anyway. The public perception, though, is that an unhappy Edwards orchestrated his ouster.

"Everyone doesn't have all the information," said Edwards, declining to offer juicy details. "I know in my heart of hearts I did nothing wrong. I know that. Whether people believe me or not. ... People who know what I'm about, they know what kind of person I am. That's all that matters."

Edwards is proud of his record with the Jets. He finished a mediocre 39-41 in five seasons, but there were three postseason appearances and two playoff victories. In Kansas City, his two-year mark is 13-18 with one playoff berth - the same numbers Mangini has compiled with the Jets.

"We never got to the big game, but one thing I can say is the players always played to their talent level," Edwards said. "That's all you can do. We didn't embarrass anybody."

Edwards had "a good five-year run," according to GM Mike Tannenbaum, saying the former coach "did a lot of positive things for the organization." Edwards insisted he harbors no bitterness toward the Jets, saying he respects Johnson for giving him his first head coaching job.

Both sides took the high road, but it would be na´ve to think there are no raw feelings.

The Jets' roster includes 16 holdovers from the Edwards regime, which should add some juice to an otherwise dud game. He's particularly close with Chad Pennington, whose name already is being mentioned as a quarterback possibility for the Chiefs in 2008.

"It'll be good to see him," said Pennington, who suspects his former coach will receive a mixed reception from the crowd.

Said Laveranues Coles: "Herminator, my man. Just a great coach, always a great motivational speaker. I don't think there are any hard feelings, not from me."

When the schedule was announced last spring, this had the makings of a dramatic finale, but the Chiefs have dropped eight straight and the Jets, too, are a mess. NBC even dropped it from prime time.

"I don't know what happened to them," Edwards said. "They had a good team last year."
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Said Laveranues Coles: "Herminator, my man. Just a great coach, always a great motivational speaker. I don't think there are any hard feelings, not from me."
Herm also told Coles before he went to the Redskins ''as long as I'm the Coach, you will be here''.

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"I don't know what happened to them," Edwards said. "They had a good team last year."
LOL! Take credit for having 2 teams in the playoffs last year, and now not knowing what happened. now that's funny.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:28 AM   #2
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:43 AM   #3
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He's the kick returner the chiefs don't have in addition to being a nifty Joe Washington type-back. Aw, they probably would have taken some bum with the pick if they kept it anyways.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:03 PM   #4
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Herm pulled a Nick Saban on the Jets.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:10 PM   #5
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He was below .500 with the Jets and he's below .500 here. And some say he's a good coach. I cannot imagine why.
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"We never got to the big game, but one thing I can say is the players always played to their talent level," Edwards said. "That's all you can do. We didn't embarrass anybody."
Still pointing the finger, what a f***ing POS.

Aren't coaches supposed to get players to play better than their talent level?
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:16 PM   #7
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Aren't coaches supposed to get players to play better than their talent level?
Good coaches tend to.

I hope he gets booed and then loses by 30 to the Jets. I hate rooting against the Chiefs but now I am rooting against Herm.
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**** you, Herm. Nothing is ever your fault. EVER.
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He's the kick returner the chiefs don't have in addition to being a nifty Joe Washington type-back. Aw, they probably would have taken some bum with the pick if they kept it anyways.
There were several Guards we could have selected at that spot instead of getting a sub.500 head coach.
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