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    Don Coryell dead at age 85

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d818efd3a/article/former-chargers-coach-passing-guru-don-coryell-dies-at-85

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    Re:Don Coryell dead at age 85

    "For Don Coryell to not be in the Hall of Fame is a lack of understanding of the legacy of the game."

    What he brought to offensive football changed the game.
    I'll never forget watching him endlessly pacing up and down the sidelines with a look of intensity that could vaporize steel.

    God bless him and his family.
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    Re:Don Coryell dead at age 85

    RIP.. Don't know a whole lot about him as I don't follow much of the history.. But he seemed like a nice guy and a real pioneer of the game

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    Re:Don Coryell dead at age 85

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    RIP.. Don't know a whole lot about him as I don't follow much of the history.. But he seemed like a nice guy and a real pioneer of the game
    If you've got nothing better to do, wiki him, and the 'air coryell' offense. The Guy revolutionized the game. Like its said in the article, Bill Walsh gets all the credit for the WCO because San Fran won titles, but that stemmed from what Coryell did in the 70's.

    He re-defined the TE, with Winslow. Winslow was like Tony Gonzalez, except 30 years ago in a time where TE's were big, huge, powerful blockers and short yardage receivers.

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    Re:Don Coryell dead at age 85

    i_bleed_purple wrote:
    V4L wrote:
    RIP.. Don't know a whole lot about him as I don't follow much of the history.. But he seemed like a nice guy and a real pioneer of the game
    If you've got nothing better to do, wiki him, and the 'air coryell' offense. The Guy revolutionized the game. Like its said in the article, Bill Walsh gets all the credit for the WCO because San Fran won titles, but that stemmed from what Coryell did in the 70's.

    He re-defined the TE, with Winslow. Winslow was like Tony Gonzalez, except 30 years ago in a time where TE's were big, huge, powerful blockers and short yardage receivers.

    Yah, I knew that much

    Was watching a little bit of stuff on him on NFL Network.. Know the minimum about him and "air coryell" I suppose

    Know a few of the players he worked with

    Was a sad day yesterday when we lose someone like him

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    Re:Don Coryell dead at age 85

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jim_trotter/07/02/coryell.original/index.html

    Don Coryell's bold approach helped mold the NFL into what it is today
    Posted: Friday July 2, 2010 10:22AM ; Updated: Friday July 2, 2010 10:22AM
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    Retired quarterback Brian Sipe was speaking at a luncheon for the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum a couple of years ago when someone asked about playing at San Diego State for Don Coryell, the intense and wildly imaginative coach who loved to throw the football. Sipe smiled and paused. It was as if he were asking himself: How best to describe the offensive genius that was Coryell?

    After a brief moment, Sipe recounted how when the Cleveland Browns drafted him into the NFL in 1972, it felt like he had been placed in a remedial class for passing offenses. "I felt like I had taken a step back," he said. "The things we were doing at San Diego State were far more advanced."

    The NFL learned as much a year later, when Coryell joined the St. Louis Cardinals. In a league that relied heavily on the run, Coryell challenged conventional philosophies by winging it. His approach was so bold, his game plans so innovative, that in five seasons with the Cardinals and nine with the Chargers, he not only changed how the game was played -- but molded it into what we see today.

    His contributions deserve to be remembered, because Thursday, Coryell died in La Mesa, Calif., after a lengthy illness. He was 85.
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    Re:Don Coryell dead at age 85

    jargomcfargo wrote:
    "For Don Coryell to not be in the Hall of Fame is a lack of understanding of the legacy of the game."
    ain't that the truth and just shows how people who have been big factors in the development of the game get overlooked for HOF honours.
    I guess if he'd managed some SB wins then the HOF selection committee would be falling over themselves to get him in. Ironic that people now suddenly recognise what he did for the game.
    Sadly missed and condolences to his family.
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