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George Edwards To Coach In East-West Shrine Game

The Vikings’ defensive coordinator will be heading up the West team.

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When it comes to the Minnesota Vikings’ defense, Defensive Coordinator George Edwards doesn’t seem to get a whole lot of credit. (Yes, we’ve been guilty of this, too.) The defense is generally considered Mike Zimmer’s defense, but Edwards has played a role in their rise since joining the Vikings with Zimmer back in 2016.

Well, we might not always give him the proper credit, but it appears that someone has noticed his coaching skills.

Per the folks at, Edwards will be one of the two head coaches in the upcoming East-West Shrine Game, one of the college all-star games for athletes to showcase their skills prior to the NFL Scouting Combine and, ultimately, the NFL Draft. Edwards will be the head coach of the West team, while former NFL defensive tackle and current Arizona Cardinals assistant Brentson Buckner will be heading up the East coaching staff.

NFL teams nominated coaching prospects for the job of coaching these college all-stars last week, and Edwards and Buckner were chosen. They will fill out their coaching staff with other coaches that were nominated by their teams.

While it doesn’t get quite the level of hype that the Senior Bowl does, the East-West Shrine Game is still fairly important. More than 70 players from last year’s contest made NFL rosters last season, including Vikings’ tight end David Morgan. It would appear to be a good thing for Edwards to be able to get a look at these players up close as part of the coaching staff, and we’ll have to see if any of his charges wind up in purple this spring.

The game will take place on Saturday, 21 January at 2:00 PM Central, and it will be aired on the NFL Network.

Congratulations to George Edwards on being selected as a head coach in the East-West Shrine Game.