Kansas City Chiefs Fire Herm Edwards

NFLGridironGabSenior Analyst IJanuary 23, 2009

News out of Kansas City is that the Kansas City Chiefs have fired Herm Edwards.

Edwards was 15-33 after only three seasons in KC. This should not come as a surprise to anyone after the hiring last week of Scott Pioli as GM of the team.

“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 statement.

“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."

Overall in eight years as a head coach in the NFL, including five with the New York Jets, Edwards' record was 54-74. He was 39-41 with the Jets. In playoff games he was 2-4.

Possible replacements for Edwards include Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and don’t count out former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan.

It appears that Shanahan is the frontrunner right now.

“On behalf of my family, I want to thank Herm for his service to the Chiefs,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a team statement. “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.

“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.”