Herm Edwards is in his seventh season as an ESPN analyst, one fewer year than he spent as an NFL head coach with the Jets and Chiefs from 2001 to 2008.

And this is just the way he likes it.

"I won't go back [to coaching]," he said. "I'm staying in this seat. I'm enjoying it. I get to coach all 32 teams. I never have to worry about my quarterback getting hurt anymore . . . And I can say things that head coaches can't say."

Edwards is 61, eight years younger than the Giants' Tom Coughlin, but he said these days he prefers simply to talk about football on television and to focus on raising his 9- and 10-year-old daughters at his home in Carmel, California.

"I want to raise them here," he said by phone late last week. "I don't want to move them all over the place."

Edwards had dabbled in TV analysis during his days with the Jets, and the network had told him if he ever wanted to pursue broadcasting full time he might have a knack for it, given his knowledge and personality.

"I've got a great relationship with ESPN and hopefully I'm doing a good job for them; I think I am," he said. "I've got a wonderful platform to talk about football. I feel like I'm an ambassador for the game and I know enough because I've done everything you can ask a person to do other than be an owner, probably . . . I think I can take the fan behind the curtains, and that's what they want."

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Edwards usually visits Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN's headquarters, twice a month during the season and stays for five or six days at a time. He also does a number of speaking engagements during the year.

"I'm having fun," he said. "I always tell people who ask me how it is, I tell them, 'Look, you play in Philadelphia and your first head [coaching] job is in New York, if you can survive that, you can go on television."

Edwards said being a member of the media was an easy transition because he always knew where journalists were coming from.

"I understood the media when I was a player," he said. "I understood the process and I never took it personally. You have an obligation with the media. It talks about the game. You just can't take what they say personally. When they get personal you have to have that sidebar and say, we can disagree but it can't be personal on either side.

"I get it. I understand it."