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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Is Herm Edwards Saying Goodbye?

ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg reported this morning that it is not a question of if New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards will be leaving his post to coach the Kansas City Chiefs, but when and for what compensation.

Assuming this is in fact correst: Unlike many Jet fans, I have mixed feelings about Edwards' departure. I agree that (i) this season has been an unmitigated disaster and much of the blame for the team's quitting rests squarely on Edwards and his never ending run of injury excuses, and (ii) Edwards has always been a terrible game coach (as Joe puts it, coaching to not lose insteade of win), always gambling at the wrong time and with the wrong players.

However, Edwards deserves credit for credit due as well. His personality was always a breath of fresh air after the Bill Parcells bluster and Al Groh's lack of same. He was always upbeat, personable and a pretty good quote. (His "Hello, you play to win the game" is right up there with Jim Fassels' pushing his chips to the middle of the table on the high comedy scale). And, as recently mentioned, he re-enforced a winning personality to the club originally built by Parcells. Say what you will, the Jets went to the Playoffs three times in his tenure, losing in the first round in his first year to the Raiders (thanks to John Abraham and his stomach virus and Chad Pennington's weak arm), crushed the Colts the second time through and advanced to within a Doug Brien field goal of the AFC Championship game last year (thanks again to John Abraham and his bum knee and Doug Brien's choke job on the second field goal) before losing to the Steelers and their shaky QB. Yes, the Jets were 4-12 this year and management has strangled this team's salary cap for the immediate future, but Terry Bradway needs to take a whole lot of blame for that mess as well.

So in the end, the Herm Edwards Era had its ups and downs. And who knows, maybe it's not over. Maybe Woody Johnson will decide he wants Edwads around or maybe the Chiefs won't cough up the right compensation. This is certainly not a done deal. But it certainly feels like the time for Edwards to move on.

So while many will rejoice at Coach Edwards' departure, I will always think of his tenure with a good feeling, even though that championship season never came.

5 Comments:

  • I'm not so sure Herm is leaving.

    Anyway, this is not one of your better posts. Bill Parcells' bluster is what turned the franchise around. Brien's second field goal was a long attempt becase of Herm's idiotic coaching in the final minute.

    And how exactly did Pennington's "weak arm" cause the loss to the Raiders in '01? Pennington was then the backup to Vinny T. And any good feelings you may have about the Herm era come from Pennington's superior performance in 2002 and the first half of 2004.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:59 AM  

  • Wow, Joe, thanks for your kind words. I said that parcells changed the complexion of the team, not Edwards. And yes, I agree that Edwards checked in ngetting the jets closer. But still, it was a 43 yarder right? he should hit 43 yarders. That was within his range all year. He's not Nugent.

    And Testarverde was the QB when the jets lost to the reaiders in the playoffs? I think not. I remember alot of inclomplete out passes.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:26 AM  

  • Don't be insulted, I just really don't like Herm and have little tolerance for dissent on the matter.

    Edwards got the Jets farther back when he had Pennington fall on the ball for a 2 yard loss. A 43 yarder at Heinz field is not easy - the percentage there from over 40 is around 35-40 percent.

    The loss to the Raiders in Herm's first season was with Vinny at QB. Perhaps you're confusing the second round loss in '02 with the first round loss in '01. Chad did not play at all until 2002.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 1:05 PM  

  • I guess I am. I am blanking on Vinny's play in that game. All I remember was Abraham's absense and how it affected the defense that night.

    In the same vein, as much as I don't think he deserves a big contract, Abraham is the onlt jet who can get pressure on a QB. Without him, the front 7 becomes much weaker.

    And I'm not insulted at all. You are a straight shooter

    By Blogger Elster, at 1:31 PM  

  • Vinny was okay. The Jets lost 38-24. The 2002 playoff loss was 30-10.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 1:51 PM  

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