[QUOTE]Don Coryell, the innovative coach whose San Diego Chargers teams featured some of the most dynamic passing attacks in league history, has died. He was 85.
The Chargers confirmed Coryell died Thursday at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, just outside of San Diego. The team did not release the cause of death, but Coryell had been in poor health for some time.
Coryell is one of the founding fathers of the modern passing game. He coached at San Diego State and in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chargers.
From 1978-86 with the Chargers, his "Air Coryell" offense -- led by quarterback Dan Fouts -- set numerous NFL records.
He's the first coach to win 100 games in college and pro football, but he never reached the Super Bowl. [/QUOTE]
Loved watching the Chargers run his innovative offense. They were always the most wide open, entertaining games. RIP, Coach. Your imprint on the way football is played can never be erased. Condolences to the family.
That early 80's SD team coincided with my becoming a ravenous NFL fan. So even though I lived for Freeman, Gastineao, Klecko, Mehl, etc, I loved watching the real Kellen Winslow, Muncie, Fouts, Joiner, Jefferson. Wonder how a SF-SD would have played out.
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A great era in football but if I recall correctly he got a ton of crap from the "experts" for his offense. I was watching SD/Cinn playof game from '81 I think the other night on NFL network, coincidental?
[QUOTE=Johnny Bravo;3638149]Air Coryell in the early 80's was fun to watch. It was watching a Jets/Chargers game that really got me to be a die hard Jets fan[B](The Jets outdueled the Chargers 41-29). [/B]:rip:
[QUOTE=jetswin;3638197]A great era in football but if I recall correctly he got a ton of crap from the "experts" for his offense. I was watching SD/Cinn playof game from '81 I think the other night on NFL network, coincidental?
He saved Fouts career because in Fouts first 5 years he had 34 tds and 51 picks in 43 game starts..:eek: