George Edwards (American football)
|Date of birth||January 16, 1967|
|Place of birth||Siler City, North Carolina|
|Honors||Honorable mention All-ACC (1989)|
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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.
Collegiate coaching career
Professional coaching career
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.
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.
Edwards served as linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns for one season in 2004.
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.
On February 4, 2010, the Buffalo Bills confirmed that Edwards accepted the job as the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator, replacing Perry Fewell. He was fired on January 2, 2012, and replaced by Dave Wannstedt.
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.
- Mansour, A.J. "Vikings Reportedly Hire George Edwards To Fill Defensive Coordinator Role". KFAN.com. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
|Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinators
|Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinators
|Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator