Former UGA and NFL RB Robert Edwards offers his opinions of the 2010 Georgia Bulldogs, including the RBs (Updated)

Former UGA and NFL running back Robert Edwards is the new head football coach at Arlington Christian, a private school located in Fairburn. It is the first coaching job for Edwards, 35, who was picked in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

Edwards blew out his knee in the NFL All-Rookie Flag Football game before the Pro Bowl, and didn’t play again until the 2003 season with the Miami Dolphins. Edwards played three seasons in the CFL before retiring in 2007.

former UGA RB Robert Edwards scored five touchdowns in a game vs. South Carolina (Photo courtesy of Arlington Christian)

Former UGA RB Robert Edwards scored five touchdowns in a game vs. South Carolina (Photo courtesy of Arlington Christian)

Q. What made you want to coach?

A. I wanted be around kids. I wanted to be around the game because I’ve been around football my whole life. I pursued the avenue of trying to coach college ball. But with no experience, that was difficult … I thought it was going to be as an assistant, but (the principal) asked me to be the head coach. I told him to “let me think about it” because to be the head guy, and never having done it before, there comes a lot of responsibility. But I talked it over with my wife, prayed about it, and decided to take the job … They are not expecting me to win every game next year. They know I’m a new coach and as long as I build the program, have a good relationship with the kids, and put God first, then they will be happy.

Q. What would you tell a kid interested in playing football for you at Arlington?

A. It’s a small school. It’s very homey — everybody knows everybody and the education is great. The values are great. They teach Godly principles. It’s a family-oriented school and good atmosphere to learn … Now athletic-wise, I think for football players it will be a great opportunity to learn from a guy like me, with the experiences I’ve had, good and bad, and the challenges I’ve had to overcome, such as working back from not being able to play. I think I will provide the kids with inspiration that they may need if they have doubts. I also have a lot of friends who are going to come by and teach them something … Takeo Spikes, Hines Ward, and my brother Terrence Edwards. With coaches, I learn heavily on Mike Bobo and Kirby Smart. I know these guys personally, so I can get them on the phone, and ask them how to handle certain situations, how to run my offense and defense.

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Q. I know you visited Georgia’s practices last week. What are your thoughts on the team?

A. First of all, the facility that they are building is going to be outrageous. I’m kind of jealous I won’t be a student-athlete and able to experience that … But with the coaches, there was a need to change on the defensive side of the ball. They weren’t getting it done the last couple of years, whether it be the coaches fault or the players not playing up to expectations. I think it was a needed change, and the coach from Dallas will be great addition and he will bring the attitude of a pro-style defense. And he will bring the attitude they have to have every week to be successful. On offense, they have the playmakers. They have to establish them a quarterback, but they have a nice trio of running backs that can compliment each other. The have a tight end who is going to be All-Conference, and probably the best wide reciever in the nation. They just have to find someone to get them the ball. I think the O-line has been banged up the last couple of years. They can’t seem to stay healthy. If they stay healthy, then it will be the key to the success of the offense.

Q. What’s your evaluation of Georgia’s running backs?

A. I think Washaun Ealey is outstanding. He still has to find his way but he shows glimpes of that Knowshon Moreno-type of swagger. And Caleb King, being a guy myself who came off injury, it takes a while to overcome it. I know a lot of people expected him to bounce back after one year, but it takes longer for some people. Toward the end of last season, people saw that he was getting stronger and he was having more confidence and running with more authority… The third back (Carlton Thomas) comes in and gives them a change of pace as far as screens and catching passes out of the back, while Branden Smith comes in for reverses and direct snaps. So they have a lot weapons they use, and I’m excited to see how Bobo calls plays this season.

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TheNumber34

March 30th, 2010
6:27 am

Congrats to Robert Edwards for turning a bad situation into good. Robert, you’re a great example of what a man should be, and we UGA fans are very proud of you!

Tech Fan

March 30th, 2010
7:08 am

I second that! Congratulations Robert. It is great to see people with character leading young men. Wishing you nothing but good luck.

georgiadawg70

March 30th, 2010
7:28 am

Thanks Robert for all the memories.

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Lance

March 30th, 2010
8:15 am

Just a good guy. Shame he injuried his knee so early in his carrer.

Paddy

March 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Well, Robert figured out our offensive backs and duties pretty quick. Does that asessment make us as predictable to the rest of the SEC as I think it does? It has been for the last 3 years, at least.

Hootie Bookems

March 30th, 2010
8:48 am

Dear Paddy, get a lfie. Sincerely, Hootie

Pope UGA XXIII

March 30th, 2010
9:05 am

Paddy appears to still be nursing a St Patrick’s Day
green beer hangover

Dawg Fan

March 30th, 2010
9:22 am

Robert, you are one of my all-time favorite Bulldogs. Best of luck to you in your new career! Sounds like you will not only help your guys to be good football players, but fine young men as well.

Mr. Holmes

March 30th, 2010
9:27 am

It’s one thing to know what a team might do, it’s another to stop it.

Pretty sure we knew 90% of Florida’s plays ran through Tebow. Didn’t help us all that much.

dawglasville

March 30th, 2010
9:35 am

I would have loved to have seen Robert at tailback for UGA for all four years. His senior season was one of the best I’ve ever seen from any Georgia tailback. He is a great example for all of us on where your priorities should be.

Hard Truth Soldier.....

March 30th, 2010
10:46 am

Robert Due yo thang up there man! Make All Brothers look good, love all the kids, have fun, and keep an eye on incoming freshman Ken Malcome. This kid is good. Real good!

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Supes

March 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

UGA fans should always be proud and grateful to former players like Robert Edwards. He was an outstanding RB at UGA, I will always remember the 3TD game against FLA. Shame his career got cut short, he would have been a great RB in the NFL had it not. Glad to see that he’s found his life’s calling in coaching tough. Wish him and his family all the best.

prospero

March 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

Robert Edwards. Why I despise the Pats, Eh.

GratefulDawghead

March 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

Greatest Birthday Ever…November 1 1997 ….Robert Edwards Runs over Florida! Glory Glory!!!

Freddie G

March 30th, 2010
1:48 pm

Congratulations Robert, we look back with fond memores of your career at Georgia and wish you will have success in your new Job and eventually achieve your goal of coaching in College. It is good to see that you put God first in your thoughts and with God all things are possible. We Dog fans are proud of you.

run the ball with Ealey

March 30th, 2010
3:03 pm

I agree 100% with Edwards about Ealey. He’s special. And will ony get better. Ealey is the best RB who has ever played at Georgia. He’s outgaining Herschel and Moreno in yards per carry. He ran well against big defenses like Strong’s Florida and Chavis’ LSU. Georgia already had a tryout for RB, Ealey won, against REAL BULLETS. He eared it. He’s the starter.

Tallcarl

March 30th, 2010
4:15 pm

God bless you and your family Robert, God brought you here for a reason and he will continue to open doors for you. You were one of the best leaders by example in Georgia history and a damn good Dawg.

now tha't funny

March 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

Robert Edwards was an athletic freak of nature. He did some things on the field that very few backs have done at Ga. Thanks for the thoughts and memories Mr. Edwards. Good luck

Run the ball Bobo.

Big Fan.

bill_in_atl

March 30th, 2010
5:18 pm

Robert Edwards scared my UT and UF friends more than just about any other player we’ve had in the past 25 years. They were right to be scared.

Too bad it took our coaches so long to figure out what he could do carrying the ball.

I hope he enjoys a long and fulfilling job coaching kids. All the best to Robert.

Pago Flyer

March 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

Can we just beat UF/UT/UK this year?

DawginLex

March 30th, 2010
5:23 pm

I remember Munson talking before the SC game while robert was there in Athens. He had just switched over to offense. Someone asked Larry what he thought of UGA’s chances. He just smiled and said “pretty darn good”. When asked why Larry said “something I saw with the running backs”. Larry knew football.

Jacket Backer

March 30th, 2010
5:29 pm

my kids went to Arlington ( 2 are now at GT ! ) and the 3rd is graduating from ACS in May…….Edwards seems like good guy and i wish him the best ( even though he is a bulldog )…….

DirtyDawg

March 30th, 2010
5:42 pm

I never did hear how Robert made out financially with his injury following the rookie, all-star, year, but given that it was an NFL, Pro Bowl-sanctioned event there should have been something to ensure he’d be ‘fixed for life’, or something.

I too want to say, thanks for the memories Robert…particularly that damn Florida game. It came during that period when we were losing to ‘em over and over again, and we were going down there year after year – with Florida ‘friends’ – and, frankly ‘bein’ a good sport about those outcomes was gettin’ damned old’. That game, for at least the one year, gave me a renewed enthusiasm for the trips. Of course, we immediately started losing again, but at least we had that one. Oh yeah, I also found out that my Florida friends ain’t nearly as ‘nice’ after gettin’ their butts beat as I was.

Kyle

March 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

My vote for best running back (after H, of course) goes to Rodney Hampton.

Dawg 3/20

March 30th, 2010
7:25 pm

“Greatest Birthday Ever…November 1 1997 ….Robert Edwards Runs over Florida! Glory Glory!!!”

Congrats, the only win of that decade against Florida! By the way that UGA 1997 team was good but even though they beat Florida they still couldn’t win a National Title…….kind of like 2004 & 2007!!!!!!!!!!!

SD Dawg

March 30th, 2010
7:52 pm

Robert Edwards has been my favorite Dawg since the day he lined up in the backfield against South Carolina and ran all over them. He had that “it” quality and I am quite sure that he would have gone down as the best UGA RB this side of Hershel had he a) played four years at the position and b) not had so many injuries. He just had a knack for making guys miss and he did so with subtle moves.

Best of luck to him as a HS coach. Although I have to wonder why Robert couldn’t be a RB coach in college. Hell, we went and hired Brian McClendon, a WR in college, as our RB coach. Weird.

Tommy Maddox

March 30th, 2010
7:58 pm

He was such a great player. Looks like he’s still great!

jdog

March 30th, 2010
9:25 pm

Wow! A positive blog! Robert Edwards must bring out the best in everybody. There’s no doubt he’ll do the same with the kids at Landmark.

BG

March 30th, 2010
9:53 pm

Robert Edwards is a DGD! Thanks for all the memories!

OldDawg55

March 30th, 2010
10:43 pm

Good to have you back in Georgia, Robert. The Edwards family has been good for Georgia. I like to think that you, Terry, Takeo and lots of others got a good start on that great drinking water in Tennille. I am too old for you to remember but it would have been great to have had y’all around for some great Tennille Tiger teams. All the best in GISA football…it’ll take a great deal of work!!

dawgfan

March 30th, 2010
11:05 pm

The thing that always struck me about Edwards was how freaking enormous he was for a running back. Imagine trying to tackle that guy. Good grief. I crap my pants just thinking about it.

hind tit

March 30th, 2010
11:08 pm

good luck robert everyones pulling for you. you where hired for being the person you are. i see a great future for you in shaping young mens lives and thats the most important thing.

Michael Carvell

March 31st, 2010
2:42 am

I agree. I have no idea why a college team would not hire Robert Edwards this year. He has plenty of college and pro (NFL/CFL) experience. Robert also has his college degree. UGA would’ve been a good place, as would’ve Tennessee. If UGA can switch around McClendon (who played WR at UGA) to RB coach, then why not shift McClendon or someone else around to DB coach, or even put Robert there. If you remember, DB is where Robert started his UGA career. Maybe Robert didn’t market himself hard enough? Or waited too late? And what about the NFL? They hire former players with zero coaching experience as assistants all the time. Anyways, I really think it all works out for the best for Robert. He will get some good experience without having to move his family, and I’m sure somewhere down the road he will have plenty of opportunities to coach at any level of football.

Dawg Fan

March 31st, 2010
8:50 am

I saw Robert play his senior year at WACO. Played flanker until they put him in the backfield for 2 plays. Both went for long touchdowns and broke open a tight game. Then he goes to UGA and they put him on defense. 2 years later he is in the backfield running past everybody. Just seems that Robert just kept getting played out of position. Could have been unbelieveable at WACO and UGA if he had been in the backfield the whole time. Congrats to a great player.

dawgs01

March 31st, 2010
11:06 am

I have the newspaper clipping framed of robert running over the florida defense. That was a great day. Best to luck with him coaching. That is a small school and he will get the opportunity to make a major impact in all his players on and off the field.

Florida Dawg

April 5th, 2010
6:59 am

Robert Edwards is a class act…thanks for all you have done for UGA.

Chuck Uga

April 7th, 2010
12:00 am

Congrats Robert! Very proud of watching you in the NFL. I have some pics I want you to autograph for the UGA Wall of Fame!

Eva Stephens

April 7th, 2010
9:25 am

Robert, you are a very good role model for your cousin, Lil Chris Edwards. Lil Chris wants to play for Georgia Tech; because that is where Big Chris played. I will be happy if he becomes a Bulldog or a Bee. Smile! You will be a very good head coach; just like you were a great football player. It will take time. Always believe in God and you will be fine. Eva Stephens-Sandersville, GA

Big Chris Edwards

April 13th, 2010
11:09 am

@Eva…Lil Chris Edwards wiil be a Jacket! Lol Seriously, congrats cuz! I know you will do well, because of your love for God, people, and the game.

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Marcin

August 23rd, 2012
10:15 am

“Tell me,doctor Freeman.You have destroyed so much.What is it ectxaly what you have created?Can you name even one thing? I thought not.”- Robert Culp,a.k.a. Dr. Breen. (HL2: EP1)RIP :(