Pioli could take time with Edwards' decision

January, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

For those expecting a fast resolution to the head coaching situation in Kansas City, you may have to adjust your time frame.

There are indications out of Kansas City that new general manager Scott Pioli will take his time in deciding whether to keep coach Herm Edwards or bring in a new coach. The expectation is now for the decision to spill into next week.

Assisstant coaches in Kansas City have been excused for the weekend.

Pioli, who was hired Tuesday, has met with Edwards and others and is expected to continue to gather information before he decides what he wants to do.

Pioli can't be blamed for taking his time. In fact, this lack of a fast decision shows he is studying and examining Edwards fairly. He said he'd have an open mind about the current staff and he is clearly taking his time to ensure he makes the right decision.

If Pioli were to quickly dispatch Edwards, who was has been in limbo for nearly three weeks, the coach would know he was never given a fair shake by his new boss. That is not the case. It may keep Edwards, who is in the last year of his contract, hanging well into next week, but at least Edwards knows he still has a chance to be the team's coach.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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