Kansas City Chiefs Can Herm Edwards
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"The Kansas City Chiefs fired Herman Edwards as their coach after a 2-14 season.
The move came a week and a half after the team hired Scott Pioli as its general manager to replace Carl Peterson, who resigned as the club's president and GM.
"After careful deliberation over the last week, Scott and I decided that it was in the best interests of the Chiefs to move forward in a different direction," Clark Hunt, the team's chairman, said in a written statement released by the club.
"This was not an easy decision. Herm is an outstanding football coach and a man of integrity. We appreciate his leadership over the past three seasons, and we wish him all the best in the future."
Edwards went 15-34 in three seasons with the Chiefs, including 0-1 in the playoffs.
"Since my arrival last week, Herm and I have had several conversations as part of my overall evaluation of the football operation," Pioli said in a written statement released by the Chiefs. "After careful consideration, Clark and I felt that it was best to make a change. What I conveyed last week in the press conference I still believe to be true--Herm is a great man and a tremendous football coach. He respects the game and the league, and he is passionate about his players and his craft.
"Over the course of this last week, I have also spent time meeting and visiting with most of the assistant coaches, and I will continue to do so over the next several days. All of the coaches from last year's staff, with the exception of one, are under contract through the 2009 season."
Edwards issued a lengthy written statement through the team.
In it, Edwards said: "First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Hunt Family for the opportunity to spend nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as the head coach of 'Lamar's Team' the past three seasons. Lamar [Hunt, the Chiefs' late founder] was a special, special man, who provided tremendous opportunities to so many, myself included.
"There is not a more gracious family in all of professional sports than the Hunts. To Norma, Clark and Tavia, Lamar, Jr. and Rita, Sharron and David, and Dan, I would like to thank them for all of them for the encouragement and many kindnesses they extended to me, my wife, Lia, and our entire family over the years. The Chiefs franchise is clearly in good hands for many years to come under Clark's leadership. I have no doubt that Clark and Scott Pioli will continue to steer the Chiefs in the right direction.
"I would be remiss if I did not thank Carl Peterson for his support and friendship over the years. He gave me my first opportunity as a player in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also gave me a chance to coach in the league both as an assistant and as a head coach. What a remarkably positive impact Carl made on the lives of so many.
"There are many fine, fine people in the Kansas City Chiefs organization too numerous to mention who worked so tirelessly to help our football team. I am fortunate to call so many of them friends. I am a better man and a better coach in so many ways because of them. Hopefully, they feel the same way because of our time together.
"Finally, to the players and coaches who worked so hard for our team, I appreciate their efforts. This is going to be a very good football team. The support of Chiefs fans across the country has been tremendous. They are truly passionate about their football team. Chiefs fans will be proud to cheer for this team for many years to come. With the tremendous nucleus of young talent on this roster, I sincerely believe that his team is poised to do great things. I respect the tough decision that was made to move in a new direction. I wish the players and the organization the very best as they move forward."
Among the candidates being mentioned as possible replacements are recently fired Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and Kirk Ferentz, the coach at Iowa.
Edwards's firing means that 11 NFL teams will change head coaches between the beginning of this season and start of next season. The Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders are the only clubs still looking for coaches."
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