Vikings bring back defensive coordinator George Edwards for 2018

A source close to the Vikings tells Sporting News that the team has renewed defensive coordinator George Edwards’ contract for 2018.

Edwards’ previous deal expired after the 2017 season, but the Vikings made an easy decision to retain him after he guided the NFL’s No. 1 defense during a run to the NFC Championship game. Terms of the new contract were not immediately available.

This is not like some of these other “oops” moments from coaches who’ve taken jobs and then decided they’d made a mistake, for whatever reason.

Billy Donovan took the Orlando Magic job in June 2007 after he’d won consecutive NCAA championships at Florida and the Magic decided to dump a truckload of money on him: five years, $27.5 million. They’d fired Brian Hill on May 24. They announced Donovan as his replacement on June 3. He made an impulsive decision, motivated by money and proximity and the fact he’d be starting over with the Gators after losing the five starters who’d delivered him two titles. So he made a considered decision to renege.

The Cardinals also have officially hired Kirby Wilson as their new running backs coach, a source told Sporting News. News of Arizona’s interest in Wilson was first reported by Sporting News.

But here’s the final lesson for the rest of the NFL: Youovercome key injuries if you stay positive … and if you have quality depth for the next-man-up mantra to succeed.

Such depth often comes in the form of late-round draft picks, under-the-radar free-agent signings and undrafted free agents who fit in well. A good example is 2016 fifth-rounder Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Big V had a few rough starts after replacing Peters at the critical left tackle spot, but he got better as the season progressed — credit to him and the coaches who worked with him. He did not allow a sack against Vikings Pro Bowler Everson Griffen or the Patriots pass-rushers who had been so effective in wins over Tennessee and Jacksonville.
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