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Any chance of Kirk Ferentz leaving Iowa for Kansas City improved today.  New Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli fired head coach Herm Edwards. 

The Chiefs have fired coach Herm Edwards after three seasons, and some reports had former Denver coach Mike Shanahan as the likely target to take his place.

The move came 10 days after new general manager Scott Pioli was introduced as Carl Peterson's replacement and a lengthy and mysterious period in which word rarely leaked about Pioli's thinking or the direction the Chiefs might go.

"After careful deliberation over the last week, Scott and I decided that it was in the best interests of the Chiefs to move forward in a different direction," team chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team. "This was not an easy decision. Herm is an outstanding football coach and a man of integrity. We appreciate his leadership over the past three seasons, and we wish him all the best in the future."

Three of Edwards' assistants left within the past week: secondary coach David Gibbs to Houston, special teams coach Mike Priefer to Denver and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham to Detroit. Edwards was told last week he would not be going to Mobile, Ala., for the annual Senior Bowl, the first formal chance for NFL coaches to scout college prospects.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Hunt family for the opportunity to spend nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs," Edwards said in a statement. "There is not a more gracious family in all of professional sports than the Hunts. To the players and coaches who worked so hard for our team, I appreciate their efforts. This is going to be a very good football team. I respect the tough decision that was made to move in a new direction. I wish the players and the organization the very best as they move forward."

Edwards was 15-33 in Kansas City, including going 4-12 in 2007 and 2-14 in '08.

"Since my arrival last week, Herm and I have had several conversations as part of my overall evaluation of the football operation," new general manager Scott Pioli said. "After careful consideration, Clark and I felt that it was best to make a change.

"What I conveyed last week in the press conference I still believe to be true - Herm is a great man and a tremendous football coach. He respects the game and the league, and he is passionate about his players and his craft.

"Over the course of this last week, I have also spent time meeting and visiting with most of the assistant coaches, and I will continue to do so over the next several days. All of the coaches from last year's staff, with the exception of one, are under contract through the 2009 season."

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