Former NFL head coach reportedly turns down offer to join Herm Edwards at Arizona State Andy Lyons/Getty Images
CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Herm Edwards of the Kansas City Chiefs watches the action from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Arizona State coaching staff circus took another weird turn on Friday.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman, new head coach Herm Edwards reportedly targeted former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini as his defensive coordinator, which Mangini turned down.

Mangini, of course, was Edwards’ replacement in New York from 2006-08 before eventually taking over the Browns from 2009-10.

The former coach last worked as a defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 and had previously held the position of tight ends coach with the franchise from 2013-14.

Edwards has already lost his two coordinators in DC Phil Bennett and OC Billy Napier, as well as offensive line coach Rob Sale since taking over at Arizona State earlier this month.

The coaching experiment has been odd so far. During his introductory press conference, Edwards seemed to be confused by a reporter’s affiliation with which, of course, was named after the team he had just accepted the coaching position with.

“I’m Catholic now; I’m a Christian,” Edwards said. “Watch out for them Devils. Just saying! We’re good, brother. We’re good! I ain’t taking it personal.”


Strange things are indeed going on in Tempe.

Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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