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Herm Edwards, 8-Year NFL Head Coach

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January 29, 2024 8:08 pm

Herm Edwards, 8-Year NFL Head Coach

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January 29, 2024 8:08 pm

Herm Edwards joined JR to discuss if he has a problem with Dan Campbell's aggressive coaching and if the disrespect of Brock Purdy is justified. 

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Thank you. No doubt about it. I guess the first question is to get your thoughts on Dan Campbell. Do you believe he was a little too aggressive in going forward on fourth down twice yesterday instead of at least trying to kick the ball through the uprights? I believe he stayed true to his core of what type of coach he is. Because I think when you're in that situation, obviously your players understand, you know, in situational football this whole season, he didn't rely a lot on his kicker. Now, when you think about the Lions kicker, how many kicks did he make over 45 yards?

I don't know because he didn't do it a lot. So I don't know if he doesn't trust this kicker or that's just his mindset. He's going to be aggressive.

And that's fine and dandy. But I think when you sit there and have to make that decision, especially in games, you have to ask yourself this. If it doesn't work, am I giving the other team momentum? And that's big in football. Momentum is very, very big.

And you can't can't correlate it. But players know it. Coaches know it. Momentum of a football game is important. And when you give another team momentum because of the decision you might have made in which decisions you've made are basically you're trusting your players to carry it out. And that's the core of it all. You know, I've said it all my whole life and I've been on both sides of it as a player and as a coach.

You can make a bunch of decisions, but you have no control of what those players are going to do when you make that decision. Herman Edwards is joining us, the JR sport show here on CBS Sports Radio. Their kicker, Michael Badgley, coach, he did not take a kick over 50 yards this past season and he only took one kick over 40 yards. And he went out there and he nailed that one. Well, there you have it. I mean, look, all I know is the team they're playing against, 49ers, that kicker missed some kicks.

So, you know, we can wrestle with this and you can be on either side you want. I thought it was a game where when you think about the Lions, I think more than the kicks, what was puzzling to me is this, is until a team stops what you're doing, don't stop doing it. The 49ers never stopped the Detroit Lions from running the football. And for some reason, they just, they stopped doing it. And to me, that was the big, to me, that was the big turning point in the game.

Make them stop you from running the ball. They never, they never got close to the crack toss. They were cracking those ends with those wide receivers and they were running around and making six yards a game.

And why they got away from it, I don't know. But, you know, Dan Campbell did a fabulous job with the football team. It was a fun game to watch. And this is, that's, you know, that's football. I've been in those games. I've played in those type of games. I've coached in those type of games. It's hard losing a game like that because it's the finality of it all. And maybe the tougher one to lose beside the championship game is when you lose a Super Bowl. And I've been on that bad side of it.

Lost one. Coach Sherman Edwards is here with us. The JR Sportbree show on CBS Sports Radio. We're going to get back to the lines, but you talk about running the football. It seems that on the AFC Championship side, we saw the Ravens playing from behind with the Chiefs scoring right out of the gate early twice. The Ravens didn't get a chance to do what they planned on getting into. Lamar Jackson having to throw the ball 37 times now has a postseason record of two and four.

What do you think is missing, if anything, from the Ravens to kind of get them over that hump in the postseason? They never ran their offense. They never attempted to run the football.

Are you kidding me? They never attempted to run the football. I mean, the Kansas City Chiefs ran the ball 32 times. The Baltimore Ravens ran it 16 times. This game was not out of reach. This was a 17 to 10 game. The offense never got going.

Why? Because they never ran the ball in the beginning of the game. It was kind of like, OK, they made a couple of runs, and then after that, they just went back, dropped back passing. Look, Lamar Jackson is not a dropback quarterback. He doesn't play from the pocket. That's not his strength. His strength is get him in the running game, get the flow of the game going, so he can set up with his legs and play action pass, move the pocket. That's what they did all year.

This is why he's the MVP. But that wasn't the case. They never got to the running game.

Are you kidding me? The Kansas City Chiefs ran the ball more than the Baltimore Ravens. Let me ask you this, Coach. Do you pick do you put that at the hands of Munkin, the offensive coordinator, or you put that at Lamar?

Why do you think that was the case? Who deserves it? Lamar doesn't call the play. And I'm not putting it on the coach either.

I'm just saying they never got to it. Why? I don't know. That's the question you have to ask that coach. I didn't formulate the game plan.

I wasn't involved in the game plan. All I know is this. This was the number one running team in the National Football League. With Lamar Jackson being a part of it.

And it never came to fruition for some reason. Herman Edwards is here with us. Former coach, former player, analyst now as well on ESPN here on CBS Sports Radio. When you look towards the future and we know Patrick Mahomes is sitting at the top of the totem pole now going to another Super Bowl. Who is the closest, in your opinion, from the quarterbacks and knocking them off in the AFC? He's knocking off Josh Allen. He's knocking off Lamar Jackson.

Who's the closest if anybody? Well, until somebody beats nobody. He sits in a position that all these quarterbacks are hoping to get to. Because right now, he's chasing history. He's chasing Tom Brady and Joe Montana, guys that have gone on these Super Bowl runs. I mean, he's just chasing history. I mean, the guy doesn't lose in playoff games. I mean, the big deal this year was that he never played a playoff game on the road. Well, he checked that box.

He won two of them. So, I mean, it doesn't matter to him. This guy is different. And we're watching history in front of us unfold. No different than when we watched Tom Brady, Captain America, and what he did for almost a decade. And what we watched before that, it was Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers, what they were able to do on their run.

Now the Kansas City Chiefs are the team that's making this run. Herman Edwards is here with us. The JR Sportbree Show on CBS Sports Radio opposing him in the Super Bowl on February 11th is Brock Purdy. For the life of me, I mean, even after some of the plays that he made yesterday, I'm still trying to figure out where some of the criticism comes in for Purdy, especially for where he was drafted. When you watched Brock Purdy, what is your evaluation of him and what he does out there on the field? He's a fantastic quarterback.

I recruited him out of high school. It didn't surprise me what he did yesterday when he took off running. I mean, if you watched him in high school, you watched him in college, he could do that. And the 49ers offense, he's not asked to do that. But the last two games that he's played in the playoff competition, he's the guy that's been able to do that. He did it against the Green Bay Packers and brought them back, you know, when they had a deficit and everybody was saying this was an offense that, you know, he plays in, that they always want to play with a lead.

That is true. But in the fourth quarter, when he needed to make plays, he did that against the Green Bay Packers. In this game, unbeknownst, he got off script and it shocked the Detroit Lions. They weren't prepared for that. They thought he was going to stay in the pocket and if we just keep him in the pocket and they play from behind, you know, this is what he's got to do.

And lo and behold, that's not what he did. He left the pocket, made plays, got off script, threw the ball, you know, when he was on the run. And so, you know, it's funny because sometimes you're labeled according to how you get drafted. And it's like, you know, he's Mr. irrelevant. He gets drafted in the round. He gets drafted in and people assume, well, then that's what he is. Well, and pro football is a great, it's a great, it's a great indicator of when you become a professional football player, you write your own script. It's not when you get drafted or how you got drafted. I've seen a lot of guys get drafted in the first round and they don't play up to that first round billing.

You see some players that are free agents and become Hall of Famers. He's Mr. irrelevant. And they think, well, he's Mr. irrelevant. Well, then he's just, you know, he's one of those quarterbacks to manage the game. No, he's the winning quarterback. And when the lights are bright, he doesn't run to the shade. He runs to the spotlight. It makes plays.

That's what he does. Head coach Herman Edwards is here with us, the JR Sport Reshow on CBS Sports Radio. Any early thoughts on what we're going to see between this this record-breaking quarterback and Patrick Mahomes and Purdy in the Super Bowl out in Vegas? Well, you got a first round, you got a first rounder in the Hall of Famer in Patrick Mahomes, the guy that's going to break a lot of records. And you got this guy Brock Purdy that everybody wants to say, well, he's, you know, he's the manager of the game.

And I think you're at the end of the day. These are the two teams that are left standing. And Brock Purdy last year got hurt in the championship game, you know, and that knocked him out.

Now he's going to a Super Bowl, his first Super Bowl. I think we just need to sit back and watch how this thing unfolds. I think it'll be a great game. Final question for you, coach. Even amongst the game, this there's already been a lot of talk there. We'll continue to be talk about a lot of the openings and how college football is changing. You've coached on on every level and any thoughts on on some of the coordinators becoming coaches and Belichick, you know, not having a job right now. I don't know if we'll see him again.

What do you what is your thoughts on how just coaching continues to change? Well, I think, you know, I don't know about Bill. I think Bill will be back as a head coach. Maybe not this season, but next year.

I think he'll have another opportunity to break the record. You know, it's the coaching carousel never changes. There's always some surprises. It's going to a lot of younger guys in the coaching profession. I mean, that's what a lot of these owners are looking for. A lot of these jobs go to offensive guys and the fact that if you've touched the quarterback, either as a quarterback coach or offensive coordinator, those guys are kind of a hot commodity right now.

But, you know, it's an it's just that's what it is. I mean, and you understand it when you get an opportunity, you make the best of it, you know, and that's what these guys do. And I think any guy to get the job, he deserves it.

He earned it. And then, you know, you got to go win and you have a short window in today's world in the NFL. It's not a five year window. It's probably a two and a half, three year window of can you turn a team around?

And if you don't turn it around in time, obviously they'll look for somebody else. Final question for you, coach. Given all the emphasis, as you just mentioned on offense, we know you made your bones on defense when you played. How have you taken towards just watching and taking in the game, knowing that so many of the rules have skewed towards offense?

How do you feel about it as a product, just as a fan and even someone who played? Well, I think as a product, you understand that it's a scoring league. People want to see scoring. But at the end of the day, look at the teams that are in the playoffs. Look at the two teams that are in the Super Bowl. OK, they got good offenses.

But guess what? Kansas City has a top five defense and so do the 49ers. So at the end, you still have to make stops. Right.

You still got to make stops. And in those teams, the Baltimore Ravens, an outstanding defense, the Detroit Lions, that's their Achilles heel right now. Right. They got to work on that. I mean, they become one of those teams.

So I just think somewhere along the line, you've got to be able to make some stops. A peanut butter M&M's production in a world where Super Bowl winners get the world's admiration and a fancy ring. But the runners up get nothing. One retired cop. That's one retired quarterback. Read the script.

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