There’s been a bit of learning curve for former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards at his new gig with Arizona State.
When introduced as the Sun Devils coach in December, Edwards didn’t seem to know the school’s mascot. And Edwards has found that National Signing Day is a whole different experience from the NFL.
Speaking on ESPN2 on Wednesday, Edwards said: “Signing Day is a little bit unusual for me, because in pro football, you get to draft them. In college, they get to pick you!”
Yeah, that is how it works.
That comment echoed what Edwards said on the “Golic and Wingo Show” last month. Mike Golic asked Edwards how things have changed since he was last an assistant coach at San Jose State in the late 1980s.
Edwards sounded a little surprised at the advanced recruiting work that is done by coaches.
“Mike, this is almost like professional football when it comes to, obviously, recruiting kids and, obviously, evaluating these guys. It’s big. We’re already onto the 2019 guys,” Edwards with a laugh. “After the seventh of next month, we’ve got six more guys to sign and we’re done. We’re already working on the 2019 guys.
“I basically came in here and really set up a pro model of how we’re going to go about evaluating players. But the evaluation is the key here in college football. It’s not like in pro football. In pro football, it’s kind of interesting because when you win, you draft last. In college football, you recruit. You gotta go after guys.”
Uh, it is interesting, but the never-ending cycle of recruiting is something even most fans knew.
Edwards continued: “I’ll tell you what now, you’re not only recruiting kids, sometimes you’re trying to recruit the parent, too. That’s what’s amazing. You gotta to stay in contact with these kids. I’m calling kids all the time, making visits. I’m all over the place. You’re asking an 18-year-old kid to come to your university and a lot of these kids have no idea why they’re going to go to the university. They don’t know. They want to be recruited. They want to know how many people are coming to their house, how many head coaches are calling them. It’s an amazing deal.”
Yep. It’s an amazing deal.
Edwards’ comment on Wednesday didn’t inspire a lot of confidence.