George Edwards named UF defensive coordinator

By Adam Silverstein
January 7, 2010

It is being widely reported that the Florida Gators have hired Miami Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards as their newest defensive coordinator. It is currently unknown if he will share duties with assistant defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chuck Heater or if he will take on all of the responsibilities himself.

Edwards, an 18-year coaching veteran, started his career with the Gators as an assistant under Steve Spurrier in 1991. He would then fill a similar role with Appalachian State (1992-95) and Duke (1996) before being hired by Georgia as a defensive line coach in 1997. Edwards moved to the NFL to coach the defensive line for the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2001) but was snatched up by the Washington Redskins and then-head coach Spurrier as an assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2002.

The Redskins promoted him to defensive coordinator in 2003, but he only lasted until the end of Spurrier’s tenure. Hired by the Cleveland Browns to coach linebackers in 2004, Edwards was stolen away in 2005 by then-Dolphins head coach Nick Saban in a lateral move. He has been retained by Miami through two head coaching changes to Cam Cameron and Tony Sparano, who moved him to inside linebackers coach in 2008.

The Miami Herald reports that Edwards “has been on coach Urban Meyer’s list of coaching candidates in the past so it makes sense for him to be on the Gators radar.” In 2003, then-Gators head coach Ron Zook offered Edwards the defensive coordinator position that would eventually go to Charlie Strong.

Prominent names Edwards has coached throughout his career include Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud (Georgia); Dexter Coakley (Dallas); LaVar Arrington, Jesse Armstead and Jeremiah Trotter (Washington); and Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Joey Porter (Miami). Former Florida now Dolphins LB Channing Crowder has referred to Edwards as “the best assistant coach in the NFL, period.”

Florida Gators (Projected) 2010 Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Urban Meyer

Interim Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line: Steve Addazio
Quarterbacks: Scot Loeffler
Wide Receivers: Billy Gonzales (LSU) Zach Azzanni
Running Backs: Kenny Carter (Louisville) Stan Drayton
Tight Ends: Brian White

Defensive Coordinator: Charlie Strong (Louisville) George Edwards Chuck Heater?
Assistant Defensive Coordinator, Safeties: Chuck Heater
Associate Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line: Dan McCarney
Linebackers: Charlie Strong (Louisville) D.J. Durkin
Cornerbacks: Vance Bedford (Louisville) TBD

Special Teams: Urban Meyer D.J. Durkin
Recruiting Coordinator: Billy Gonzales (LSU) TBD
Director of Player and Community Relations: Terry Jackson

8 Comments

  1. Aligator says:

    what position will he coach?

  2. Gatorfan33 says:

    I hope he is better at DC for us than he was at coaching Miami’s LB’s this year.

  3. Aligator says:

    the pros are way different, i bet he shares the duties with CH. He has also only coached lb’s forever, so i bet he actually takes that over and heater does DB’s with the other new coach helping out with safeties.

  4. Edwards has been an NFL defensive coordinator for a season as well as an assistant for one year. Story updated 7:40 p.m. (EST).

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    I hope we did not snub Heater. If we did, then this will be his last season

  6. ReptilesRule says:

    Urban must be high on him so I’m happy to see we are moving quickly and decisively on these hires so we can keep the ball rolling particularly on the recruiting front.

  7. JvilleJohnny says:

    They really took their time on this hire, and I think they got the right guy.. but I agree with 2bits, I hope Heater is co-defensive coordinator.

  8. Drew 4 Orange and Blue says:

    You have to like his experience…even if Heater is co-DC there will only be one calling the plays…that being said it’s tough not seeing this guy at his age and NFL experience being a good recruiter

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