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Bucs assistant says he's in running for Jets job

Herm Edwards worked in Kansas City with new general manager Terry Bradway.

By RICK STROUD

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2001


TAMPA -- Bucs defensive backs coach Herm Edwards learned he is a candidate for the Jets coaching job Wednesday, a day before Terry Bradway was named general manager.

Bradway, 45, the Kansas City Chiefs personnel director, was hired Thursday by the Jets to replace Bill Parcells.

A scout for the Giants during their Super Bowl championship seasons in '86 and '90, Bradway was hired a day after the Jets interviewed Bucs player personnel director Jerry Angelo and Giants assistant general manager Rick Donohue.

"I talked to him (Wednesday)," Edwards said. "He said he would want to interview me.

"He kind of knows how I would work with coaches as far as the draft and the communication that's needed. That doesn't mean I'm going to be the guy."

Bradway said Thursday that he already had begun looking for a replacement for Al Groh, who quit Dec. 30 to take the coaching job at Virginia.

"There are some good coaches out there," Bradway said. "We'll start the interview process as soon as possible without making a hasty decision."

Apparently, the list could begin with Edwards, who worked with Bradway from 1990-95 with the Chiefs.

"We link back to when I was a player in Philadelphia," Edwards said. "He worked with the Stars of the USFL and before that worked with the Giants. (Chiefs general manager) Carl Peterson hired him as a scout and the Stars used to play in our (Veterans) stadium. So he goes to work for Carl and takes the job in Kansas City."

Edwards, assistant head coach for five seasons under Tony Dungy, has received plenty of attention this off-season. He is scheduled to interview for the Houston Texans coaching job Jan. 22.

"I think it's good to get your name mentioned and once you go inside and interview, they understand how you operate and how you run your program."

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR UPDATE: Chiefs offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said he plans to interview for similar positions with Tampa Bay and Chicago.

Raye left Kansas City on Thursday and is expected to meet with Dungy in Orlando either today or Saturday at the third annual Rotary Gridiron Classic Florida college all-star game.

Raye, 54, was Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator under Leeman Bennett in 1985-86 when the Bucs had consecutive 2-14 seasons. The Bucs are looking for a replacement for Les Steckel, who was fired Tuesday.

Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen is a candidate to replace Steckel. But Dungy likely will do most of his interviewing next week during workouts for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Bills offensive coordinator Joe Pendry reportedly said he was contacted by Dungy.

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