Florida confirms Edwards hire


Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.

The hiring of Miami Dolphins' assistant George Edwards became official Friday, with a release from the University of Florida naming Edwards the defensive coordinator.

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George Edwards timeline

1991 Florida (Graduate Assistant)
1992-95 Appalachian State (Linebackers Coach)
1996 Duke (Linebackers Coach)
1997 Georgia (Defensive Line Coach)
1998-2001 Dallas Cowboys (Linebackers Coach)
2002 Washington Redskins (Linebackers Coach)
2003 Washington Redskins (Defensive Coordinator)
2004 Cleveland Browns (Linebackers Coach)
2005-07 Miami Dolphins (Linebackers Coach)
2008-09 Miami Dolphins (Inside Linebackers Coach)

UF also announced that safeties coach Chuck Heater will serve as co-defensive coordinator.

The Sun confirmed Thursday night that Edwards would be named the Gators' defensive coordinator.

"George is a tremendous teacher of the game of football," UF coach Urban Meyer said. "He has proven himself at the highest level in the National Football League, but his roots started at the college level at Florida and in the SEC. He is a great addition to our staff and will be a great coach and mentor to our players."

Edwards, 43, started his coaching career as an assistant at Florida under Steve Spurrier in 1991. He's been in the NFL the past 12 years, the last three with the Dolphins coaching the linebackers.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the UF coaching staff," Edwards said. "I started my career at the college level at Florida and I enjoy teaching and molding young me. I am looking forward to working with a great group of people at Florida and a great group of players."

Edwards has coached with four NFL teams — Miami, Cleveland, Washington and Dallas. He served as Spurrier's defensive coordinator with the Redskins in 2003.

He comes to Florida with an endorsement from Dolphins' linebacker Channing Crowder, a former Gator.

"Coach Edwards is one of the best assistants in the NFL," Crowder said. "He has had a huge impact on me and I looked up to him like a father."

The hiring of Edwards completes Meyer's coaching staff. But there's a chance another possible change could be forthcoming.

Defensive line coach Dan McCarney is expected to be on a short list of candidates for the South Florida job that came open Friday with the firing of head coach Jim Leavitt. McCarney was the defensive line coach at USF before coming to UF two years ago.

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