Herman Edwards was hired as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday, replacing the retired Dick Vermeil and inheriting a team that barely missed the playoffs.
The Chiefs will give Edwards's former team, the New York Jets, a fourth-round draft pick as compensation. Edwards had two years left on his contract with New York.
At a news conference, Edwards insisted his players would embody teamwork, saying ''talent alone doesn't win games. Teams win games."
Edwards, who was a Chiefs assistant in the mid-1990s, also issued a warning: Don't ask about what happened during those last tumultuous days in New York.
''It's good to be back home. It's good to be here. I believe in family. And what happened in New York stays in New York," he said.
Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson called his longtime friend Edwards ''one of the most qualified head football coaches in the NFL today."
The Jets are talking to Jim Haslett, Mike Tice, and Joe Vitt, all of whom were head coaches in the NFL this season, about replacing Edwards.
GM Terry Bradway said Haslett, fired last week by New Orleans, spoke with Jets officials yesterday. He said the team also will talk to Tice, Minnesota's ex-coach, and Vitt, who went 4-7 as interim coach of the St. Louis Rams.
Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini is a candidate, and Bradway also indicated he has talked to the Giants about arranging an interview with their defensive coordinator, Tim Lewis.
In-house possibilities are offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, and assistant head coach/special teams coach Mike Westhoff.
Cottrell is firedNewly hired Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and is considering Tampa Bay assistant Mike Tomlin for the job.
Cottrell, who helped turn the Vikings' weakest link into a strength over the second half of last season, was interviewed for the head coaching job before the Vikings hired Childress.
Tomlin, 33, has been the defensive backs coach in Tampa since 2001. Cottrell was fired Sunday.