George Edwards (American football)

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George Edwards
Current position
Title Defensive Coordinator
Team Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-01-16) January 16, 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Siler City, North Carolina
Career information
College Duke
Career highlights
Honors Honorable mention All-ACC (1989)
Team(s) as a player
1986–89 Duke
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1991 Florida
1992–1995 Appalachian State
1996 Duke
1997 Georgia
Defensive Line
1998–2001 Dallas Cowboys
2002 Washington Redskins
Asst. Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
2003 Washington Redskins
Defensive Coordinator
2004 Cleveland Browns
2005–2009 Miami Dolphins
2010 Florida Gators
Defensive Coordinator
2010–2011 Buffalo Bills
Defensive Coordinator
2012–2013 Miami Dolphins
2014–present Minnesota Vikings
Defensive Coordinator

George Edwards (born January 16, 1967) is an American football coach, serving as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was formerly the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills from 2010 to 2011. He has over 20 years of collegiate and professional coaching experience.

Playing career[edit]

A four-year letterman at Duke, Edwards was a two-year special teams captain and an honorable mention All-ACC selection at linebacker in 1989.

Collegiate coaching career[edit]

Edwards' first coaching job came at Florida, where he was an assistant in 1991. He also held assistant jobs at Appalachian State (1992–1995), Duke (1996) and Georgia (1997).

At Georgia in 1997, Edwards tutored Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud, who were both selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft.

Professional coaching career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Edwards held the position of linebackers coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1998 to 2001. Linebacker Dexter Coakley was selected to two Pro Bowls under Edwards tutelage and led the team in tackles all four seasons in that span.

Washington Redskins[edit]

In 2002, Edwards moved on to the Washington Redskins under the title of Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach. That season linebacker LaVar Arrington had his most productive career year, recording 107 tackles and 11 quarterback sacks to earn a Pro Bowl selection. Each of the team's three starting linebackers - Arrington, Jessie Armstead and Jeremiah Trotter - surpassed 100 tackles that season.

The following season, Edwards was promoted to the role of defensive coordinator. The team had two Pro Bowlers on defense that season - Arrington and cornerback Champ Bailey.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Edwards served as linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns for one season in 2004.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

After his stint in Cleveland, Edwards became linebackers coach of the Miami Dolphins under first-year head coach Nick Saban. He served in that capacity for five seasons and was one of only two members of the coaching staff retained after Cam Cameron was fired after the 2007 season. Edwards left Miami to become the University of Florida defensive coordinator. Weeks later, he left Florida and accepted a job as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On February 4, 2010, the Buffalo Bills confirmed that Edwards accepted the job as the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator, replacing Perry Fewell.[1][2] He was fired on January 2, 2012, and replaced by Dave Wannstedt.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On January 30, 2012, Edwards was named linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins under defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and head coach Joe Philbin. This is his second stint with the Dolphins as a position coach.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On January 16, 2014, Edwards was hired by the Minnesota Vikings to be their Defensive Coordinator under new Head Coach Mike Zimmer.[3]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marvin Lewis
Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Gregg Williams
Preceded by
Perry Fewell
Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Dave Wannstedt
Preceded by
Alan Williams
Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by