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Inside The Coaching Staff: George Edwards

Posted Mar 15, 2012

George Edwards might be a new addition to the staff in 2012, but he’s certainly not new to the Dolphins.

The longtime NFL assistant returns to Miami for a second stint after spending the last two seasons as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.

Edwards spent five seasons with the DoIphins working under Nick Saban, Cam Cameron and Tony Sparano. He served as linebackers coach from 2005-07 before focusing on the inside linebackers in 2008-09. In his return to Miami, Edwards will be supervising all the linebackers again.

In our continuing series looking deeper into the new members of Head Coach Joe Philbin’s staff, we introduce you to Edwards and give you a better look at his background and his style.

NFL Coaching Experience: One of the most experienced coaches on the staff, Edwards’ NFL career began with the Cowboys in 1998. After four years in Dallas, Edwards spent two seasons in Washington, including one (2003) as defensive coordinator. Then there was a one-year stint in Cleveland as linebackers coach before Edwards joined the Dolphins for the first time.

College Coaching Experience: Edwards worked at four different schools during his seven seasons as a college assistant. He began at Florida in 1991 as a graduate assistant before moving to Appalachian State, where he spent four seasons as linebackers coach. From there, there were one-year stints at Duke and Georgia.

Playing Career Summary: Edwards played four seasons at Duke. He was an All-ACC honorable mention at linebacker in 1989 and also was a two-year special teams captain. Edwards helped lead Duke to a share of the ACC title in 1989, the last time the Blue Devils have won the title in football.

Did You Know?: In his one year as defensive line coach at the University of Georgia in 1997, Edwards coached a couple of freshmen who would become first-round picks in the 2001 draft — Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud.

By The Numbers: Edwards has coached five different Pro Bowl players through the years — Dexter Coakley in Dallas, LaVar Arrington and Champ Bailey in Washington, Zach Thomas in Miami and Kyle Williams in Buffalo. With Edwards as defensive coordinator, the Buffalo Bills finished third in the AFC in pass defense in 2010.

Dolphins Connections: Edwards has not coached with any of the new members of the staff, but he worked with special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi, defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, defensive quality control/assistant linebackers coach David Corrao and assistant strength and conditioning coach Dave Puloka during his first stint with the Dolphins.

Off The Field: Edwards likes to spend time with his wife, Jami, and their son, B.J., and also enjoys fishing and reading. His favorite author is Henry David Thoreau and Edwards says he’s also doing a lot of biblical readings these days.

Edwards On His Coaching Philosophy: “The biggest thing that you see in this league, there’s such a wide variety of things offenses are doing in terms of matchups and that kind of thing. From week to week, the biggest thing is you don’t want to beat yourself. You don’t want to give up a lot of big plays, you want to be able to stop the run, get off the field on third down, the different aspects that you break down, you want to not give up points in the red zone, so from that aspect of it you want to break the game down and you want to look at it from those coaching points. You want to go out and do the best that your personnel can do to get those things stopped that they’re trying to accomplish each week.”

Edwards On Rejoining The Dolphins: “It’s great. I look at this as a great opportunity. I’m glad to be back. Some familiar faces and a lot of changes. Coach Philbin and working with Kevin (Coyle) is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.”

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