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Siler City's Edwards will coach Cleveland Browns linebackers

Posted Friday, January 23, 2004

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The Cleveland Browns announced that George Edwards has been named linebackers coach, replacing Clancy Pendergast, who accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Arizona Cardinals.

Edwards will inherit a young line backing corps in Cleveland, led by Andra Davis, Ben Taylor and Kevin Bentley. Davis led the Browns with 170 tackles last season and also added 5.0 sacks in his first year as the starting middle linebacker. Edwards will also be looked to help tutor 2003 second round draft choice LB Chaun Thompson.

“George is an excellent addition to our staff,” Head Coach Butch Davis said. “We are very fortunate to be able to add someone with his experience and knowledge of our defensive system. He was a defensive coordinator last season and worked with two tremendous players in Lavar Arrington and Champ Bailey, and I know he will have a positive impact on our linebackers.”

Edwards spent the last two seasons (2002-03) with the Washington Redskins, acting as the club’s defensive coordinator in 2003. Under Edwards’ direction, the Redskins defense ranked 14th in the NFL, including 7th against the pass and produced a pair of Pro Bowlers in LB LaVar Arrington and CB Champ Bailey.

“I am elated to join the Cleveland staff and work with Butch Davis and Dave Campo,” Edwards said. “I am looking forward to getting to know and working with an excellent group of linebackers. This is a good fit for me, because it is a similar system to what I have worked in previously.”

He joined the Redskins in 2002 as assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and played a key role in orchestrating the Redskins fifth ranked defense. His primary responsibilities were to maximize the talents of a strong linebacking corps including Arrington, Jesse Armstead, Jeremiah Trotter and Kevin Mitchell. Working with Edwards, Arrington (107), Armstead (107) and Trotter (104) each broke the 100+ mark in tackles in 2002.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Edwards spent four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2001), where he worked as linebackers coach under current Browns defensive coordinator Dave Campo. Under Edwards’ tutelage, the Cowboys linebackers helped the Dallas defense finish second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in 2001.

Edwards spent the 1997 season as defensive line coach at the University of Georgia after working with the linebackers at Duke University in 1996. Prior to coaching for the Blue Devils, Edwards spent four seasons at Appalachian State University (1992-95). He began his coaching career at the University of Florida as a graduate assistant in 1991.

A four-year letter winner at linebacker at Duke, Edwards was a two-year special teams captain and was an honorable mention All-ACC selection in 1989. A native of Siler City, N.C., Edwards graduated from Duke with a political science degree and did post graduate study at the University of Florida. Edwards and his wife, Jami, have a son, B.J.

Edwards’ Coaching Background:

2003 Washington Redskins, defensive coordinator

2002 Washington Redskins, assistant defensive coordinator/linebackers coach

1998-2001 Dallas Cowboys, linebackers coach

1997 University of Georgia, defensive line coach

1996 Duke University, linebackers coach

1992-95 Appalachian State University, linebackers coach

1991 University of Florida, graduate assistant

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