- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2009

From combined dispatches

Herm Edwards, the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs during the worst two-year span in team history, was fired Friday.

Edwards goes out with a three-year regular-season record of 15-33 and with one year remaining on a four-year, $12 million contract. As coach of the New York Jets from 2001 to 2005, he had a regular-season mark of 39-41 and was 2-3 in the playoffs. He was 6-26 with the Chiefs the past two seasons.

Edwards had been waiting to learn his fate since president and general manager Carl Peterson resigned Dec. 15. When Scott Pioli was introduced as Peterson’s successor Jan. 13, he was noncommittal and said only that he intended to speak with Edwards.

“This was not an easy decision. Herm is an outstanding football coach and a man of integrity. We appreciate his leadership over the past three seasons, and we wish him all the best in the future,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said.

Pioli said he had several conversations with Edwards in the past week.

“After careful consideration, Clark and I felt that it was best to make a change,” Pioli said.

Bob Moore, a team spokesman, said the Chiefs didn’t have a timeline for replacing Edwards. He said all the assistant coaches still with Kansas City are under contract.

In a statement released by the team, Edwards said he respected “the tough decision that was made to move in a new direction.”

“There is not a more gracious family in all of professional sports than the Hunts,” he said. “To the players and coaches who worked so hard for our team, I appreciate their efforts.”

LIONS: For the second time in three years, Detroit turned to an ex-St. Louis coach to try to turn around its dismal offense.

New coach Jim Schwartz hired Scott Linehan as offensive coordinator. The Rams fired Linehan as head coach after the team started 0-4.

“Scott brings a lot of experience, not only to the offensive coordinator position, but also coaching the quarterbacks, which is a job description for our offensive coordinator, and also head coaching experience in the NFL,” Schwartz said.

In 2006, the Lions also turned to a fired Rams coach to head their offensive effort, hiring Mike Martz a month after he was fired by St. Louis. He coached the Rams from 2000 to 2005, including a Super Bowl loss after the 2001 season.

49ers: Former Broncos coach Dan Reeves interviewed for San Francisco’s open offensive coordinator position.

Reeves met with Niners coach Mike Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif. The team is trying to fill the gap created in their coaching staff by Mike Martz’s firing Dec. 30.

Reeves was a head coach for 23 seasons in the NFL with Denver, the New York Giants and Atlanta. He has been out of coaching since the Falcons replaced him with Wade Phillips with three games left in the 2003 season.

GIANTS: Tom Coughlin picked Jack Bicknell Jr., one of his former Boston College players, as his assistant offensive line coach.

Bicknell was coach at Louisiana Tech for eight years before coming to Boston College, where he had served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach the past two seasons. Coughlin succeeded Bicknell’s father as coach at the school in 1991.

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