Edwards' decision is beyond due

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Nine days ago when Scott Pioli was hired as the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, I lauded the move as a tremendous hire. Of course, I still feel that way.

I also said at that point, putting coach Herm Edwards in limbo was unfair. Nine days later, I feel nine times stronger about that statement. It is beyond time for Edwards, one of the nicest, most respected gentlemen in the NFL, to know his fate.

If the Chiefs want to give Edwards his walking papers, they are certainly entitled to do that. After all, it is difficult to put a smiley face on the Chiefs' 6-26 record over the past two seasons. But a decision needs to be made.

It's been 25 days since the end of the Chiefs' season. If Edwards is the guy, announce it. If he isn't, announce it.

The general belief around the league is that there is no way three of Edwards assistants would have bolted for other jobs if they thought Edwards would be retained. There is also a belief the Chiefs are waiting for Todd Haley, the offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl-bound Arizona Cardinals, could be the target of the Chiefs. If so, let Edwards go.

A decision needs to be made. Edwards deserves that much.