Herman Edwards Named Head Coach Of The New York Jets

Hempstead, N.Y. - Herman Edwards, who served as the defensive backs coach at San Jose State University during the 1987 through 1989 seasons, was named the head coach of the New York Jets. Edwards, 46-years-old, succeeds Al Groh, who took the head football coaching job at the University of Virginia.

Edwards joins the Jets after serving as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the last five seasons. Before he joined the Buccaneers staff, he was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

During his coaching stay at San Jose State, teams completed less than 50 percent of its pass attempts each season. Jay Taylor, one of his cornerbacks, went on to play in the National Football League for Phoenix and Kansas City.

Edwards played his college football at California and San Diego State. He still shares the California record of four interceptions in one game. Edwards played 10 seasons in the National Football League for the Phildelphia Eagles from 1977 through 1986 and earned All-Pro honors in 1980 and 1981 while playing for Spartan alum Dick Vermeil.

The Jets' new head coach is the fourth former San Jose State University assistant football coach to become a head coach in the National Football League. Others include Dennis Erickson (San Jose State, 1979-81; Seattle Seahawks, 1995-98), Dom Capers (San Jose State, 1977; Carolina Panthers, 1995-98), John Mackovic (San Jose State, 1969-70; Kansas City Chiefs, 1983-86). San Jose State grads to coach an NFL team are Bill Walsh (San Francisco, 1979-88), Dick Vermeil (Philadelphia, 1976-82; St. Louis, 1997-99; Kansas City, 2001) and Al Saunders (San Diego, 1986-88).