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Florida defensive coordinator George Edwards to join Buffalo Bills staff



Georgeedwards One day after signing the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, Florida has lost its defensive coordinator.

George Edwards' tenure with the Gators has ended less than one month after he was hired to replace former defensive coordinator Charlie Strong,

The Buffalo Bills announced Thursday they have hired the former Miami Dolphins assistant coach as their new defensive coordinator. Edwards was hired at Florida on Jan. 8 after five seasons with the Dolphins.

“We are very excited that George Edwards has joined our staff as defensive coordinator,” head coach Chan Gailey said in a statement.  “He brings a wealth of experience, not only as a motivator and communicator, but he has been involved with some great schemes and we are excited about him being the head of our defense.”

The move comes less than 24 hours after Florida's press conference lauding its top-ranked class.

During his press conference Wednesday afternoon, UF coach Urban Meyer spoke extensively about the work of his coaching staff. He made a point to mention every coach except Edwards, which has led to speculation that Edwards has not been a part of the late-game recruiting.

“I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to come in and have a chance to work with Coach Gailey again and the staff that he has been able to put together,” Edwards said.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to come to Buffalo and look forward to getting started as quickly as possible. This is a team that has played good defense in the past and I am excited to continue on with that tradition.”

Edwards made no mention of Florida in his statements in the Bills' press release.

Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will coordinate the hiring process for a new coach.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:38pm]


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