ASU's Edwards fired up at introductory press conference

Lawrence Cooper
December 5, 2017

Edwards last coached the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-2006.

Arizona State formally introduced its new football head coach, former ESPN analyst and NFL coach Herm Edwards, on Monday morning in Tempe, Ariz. He now takes over for a Sun Devils program that has not won more than eight games since 2014.

"We want to recruit, we want to coach, we want to develop and we want to elevate", Anderson said.

ASU AD Anderson is a former agent, and Edwards was one of his former clients. That said, Edwards had almost zero talent to work with, including a quarterback stable of Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle and the like.

The department's New Leadership Model will be similar to an National Football League approach using a general manager structure.

Edwards, who will oversee the New Leadership Model, arrives in Tempe with a football legacy that has impacted thousands, whether as a player, coach, analyst, motivational speaker and author, or community advocate and philanthropist.

ASU made the announcement on Sunday night
Herm Edwards coaching the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 ASU made the announcement on Sunday night

While Edwards hasn't coached since being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2008 season, the 63-year-old showed he had plenty of fire on Monday.

The former National Football League coach is now the 46th head coach of the program and it's also the first time Edwards hasn't coached at the collegiate level since 1989, but he made it clear that he's in Tempe to take the program to newer heights as well as evolve young athletes into men.

Arizona State fired Todd Graham on November 26 after his sixth season at the helm.

Edwards is perhaps best known for his "you play to win the game" rant following a game while he was the Jets' head coach.

This season, Arizona State posted a 7-5 record and face N.C. State in the Sun Bowl on December 29.

"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass", Edwards said in the release.

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