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Splat
07-01-2010, 08:06 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/01/reports-don-coryell-dies-at-85/

Multiple reports are emerging from San Diego that former Chargers coach Don Coryell has died at the age of 85.

Coryell coached the Chargers from 1978 through half of the 1986 season, compiling a record if 72-60. He resigned after eight games in his final year on the job.

A finalist for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, the coach took full advantage of rules changes aimed at opening up the passing game to create Air Coryell, an attack that turned quarterback Dan Fouts and tight end Kellen Winslow (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2772) into Hall of Famers -- and the Chargers into perennial contenders.

Coryell had been ill for months. Eventually, he passed due to complications from pneumonia.

He also served as head coach of the Cardinals from 1973 through 1977. Before that, Coryell coached at San Diego State for more than a decade.

BeerBaron
07-01-2010, 08:10 PM
Very sad. He basically invented the modern passing attack...all fans of the game owe him for that.

yourfavestoner
07-01-2010, 08:14 PM
RIP to one of the greatest offensive minds in the history of the game, and a San Diego legend.

He needs a frickin statue whenever SD decides to build a new stadium.

TACKLE
07-01-2010, 08:50 PM
RIP Don Coryell.

Like YFS said, one of the great offensive minds of all time and also one of the most influential.

CJSchneider
07-01-2010, 09:50 PM
His influence on the style of play in football today is incredible when you think about it. He was the first coach with 100 wins at the collegiate and pro level. How he is not in the HOF is a travesty.

Ness
07-02-2010, 12:30 AM
Awww **** are you serious? Sad day in the football world.

His influence on the style of play in football today is incredible when you think about it. He was the first coach with 100 wins at the collegiate and pro level. How he is not in the HOF is a travesty.

Yes well the HOF needs to get it's act together. The man should have been in a long time ago.

EvilNixon
07-02-2010, 11:47 AM
R.I.P. Air Coryell

yourfavestoner
07-02-2010, 11:52 AM
His influence on the style of play in football today is incredible when you think about it. He was the first coach with 100 wins at the collegiate and pro level. How he is not in the HOF is a travesty.

http://meandthefinancelady.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/lombardi-trophy.jpg

Addict
07-02-2010, 05:58 PM
went from living legend to legend.


a genius

21ST
07-03-2010, 06:54 AM
Aw man, the redskins won 3 super bowls with the Air Coryell passing game

LizardState
07-03-2010, 10:58 AM
He was an awesome offensive coach, posted the best winning %age in NCAA history when he coached the SD St. Aztecs in the late 60s, 104-19-2 for almost 88%.

With all that was reported about the high-scoring Bolts offfense under Air Coryell they forget their Bruise Bros. defense, from the wiki entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Coryell

Detractors of Coryell point to the Chargers' defensive shortcomings. However, in 1979 the Chargers allowed the fewest points (246) in the AFC. In 1980 their defense led the NFL with 60 sacks spearheaded by a frontline of All-Pros in Fred Dean, Gary "Big Hands" Johnson and Louie Kelcher. The group was locally nicknamed "the Bruise Brothers", coined from a popular act at the time, The Blues Brothers.

San Diego should name streets after this man.

He s/b included in the next HoF ballot, sad that it will take his death to do it. RIP.

NY+Giants=NYG
07-07-2010, 07:00 AM
Nooooooooooo! His system is one of my favorite systems! In the NFL, that system is truly amazing! My college favorite system is without a doubt the Air Raid! Man, he will be missed though. But it will live on with all the other Air C. coaches out there so his legacy will go on!

CC.SD
07-08-2010, 06:59 PM
Obviously I think he should be in the hall but to be honest it's understandable; as much impact as Coryell had there's no Super Bowl, and his career, though filled with accomplishments, was split between the college game and the NFL.

A big time loss to the game, no question.

Splat
07-08-2010, 07:02 PM
Obviously I think he should be in the hall but to be honest it's understandable; as much impact as Coryell had there's no Super Bowl, and his career, though filled with accomplishments, was split between the college game and the NFL.

A big time loss to the game, no question.

Speaking of dieing I thought you were dead...

bigbluedefense
07-08-2010, 07:04 PM
A great innovator. He was the anti WCO.

RIP.

CC.SD
07-08-2010, 07:25 PM
Speaking of dieing I thought you were dead...

Nope was just hanging out and chilling with my friends, but then a studly scotsman ruined it all.

yodabear
07-10-2010, 09:56 AM
Prolly missed this with all the LeBron hoopla. RIP, great offensive mind, need more more of them.