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  • Don Coryell dies at 85

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ll-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 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.

  • #2
    Very sad. He basically invented the modern passing attack...all fans of the game owe him for that.

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        RIP Don Coryell.

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

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        • #5
          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.




          2 C 5:6-8 Jakob Murphy aka themaninblack

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          • #6
            Awww **** are you serious? Sad day in the football world.

            Originally posted by CJSchneider View Post
            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.
            Last edited by Ness; 07-02-2010, 12:48 AM.

            "Every light must fade, every heart return to darkness!"
            -San Francisco 49ers: Five Time Super Bowl Champions-
            Originally posted by Borat
            Oh, my bad. Didn't realize SWDC was the pinnacle of class and grace.

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            • #7
              R.I.P. Air Coryell


              mucho props to wiscbadgerfootball


              Originally posted by scottyboy
              like honestly lebron, instead of south beach, why don't you take your talents and just shove them up your ass.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CJSchneider View Post
                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.

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                • #9
                  went from living legend to legend.

                  Originally posted by Dick Vermeil
                  a genius

                  Sig by Fenikz

                  I remember NFLDC
                  don't tell anyone, but Charlie Casserly is a dope fiend

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                  • #10
                    Aw man, the redskins won 3 super bowls with the Air Coryell passing game
                    RIP Sean Michael Taylor

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                    • #11
                      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.

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                      • #12
                        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!

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                        • #13
                          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.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CC.SD View Post
                            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...

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                            • #15
                              A great innovator. He was the anti WCO.

                              RIP.

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