Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dolphins' ILBs coach George Edwards leaves for Gators DC job

Less than a week after losing outside linebackers coach Jim Reid to the University of Virginia, the Miami Dolphins have also lost inside linebacker coach George Edwards to a big-time college program.

Edwards has been named the new defensive coordinator at the University of Florida under acting head coach and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio.

A linebacker at Duke University in the late 1980s, Edwards began his coaching career at Florida as an assistant in 1991. He has also coached at Appalachian State, Duke, and Georgia at the collegiate level, as well as for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns in the NFL.

Edwards was hired by the Dolphins in 2005 upon the arrival of head coach Nick Saban. He survived after Saban's departure and Cam Cameron's hiring in 2007, and was one of only two coaches retained when Bill Parcells became the team's vice president in 2008 and replaced Cameron with Tony Sparano.

Initially the linebackers' coach when he was hired by Saban, Edwards shifted to working solely with the inside linebackers after Parcells' staff implemented the 3-4 scheme. One of his main pupils during that time has been Florida alum Channing Crowder.

The Dolphins staff, which now has two openings at the inside and outside linebacker spots, is slated to coach the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl the week of Jan. 25.