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DivineBronco
07-01-2010, 09:40 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/01/reports-don-coryell-dies-at-85/

broncosteven
07-01-2010, 09:47 PM
Very sad.

Loved watching his Cardinal and Charger teams in the 70's. Jim Hart and Fouts really benefited from Don.

RIP

strafen
07-01-2010, 10:00 PM
I vaguely remember him from seeing SD-Den games.
R.I.P

broncocalijohn
07-01-2010, 10:21 PM
Sad to hear. If you love offense and screw the defense, then you would have loved Coryell (unless of course you are a Broncos fan). Sad to hear. Changed how football offense is played. So much credit goes to late Bill Walsh but it all started back in the early 70s with Coryell.

UberBroncoMan
07-02-2010, 03:06 AM
At first glance all I thought of was The Godfather.

Champagne Powder
07-02-2010, 04:18 AM
I think eventually they will put Coryell into the HOF. Why couldn't they do it while he was still alive?

boltaneer
07-02-2010, 05:58 AM
I think eventually they will put Coryell into the HOF. Why couldn't they do it while he was still alive?

He deserves it and he had a nice push for it this year but there are just so many spots available each year and the West Coast tends to get ignored by the writers.

RIP Coach.

Rohirrim
07-02-2010, 06:00 AM
Air Coryell. A great innovator. Much of the modern game (especially the passing game) you see on Sundays was created by Don Coryell.

gunns
07-02-2010, 10:36 AM
I love defense but having the privilege to watch Elway I have to thank Coryell. I do not understand why he is not in the HOF. He changed the face of the game. RIP

CEH
07-02-2010, 11:39 AM
I had season tickets to the Chargers from 78-85. The prime Coryell years

I'm not sure why their defense gave up so many points. The had all pros at DE, DT and CB but you gotta love those 39-38 last seond wins. The MIA playoff game still ranks right up their as far as one of the most entertaining games ever

John Jefferson was just plain sick until he got greedy and Klein ship his ass to GB. Replaced by Wes Chandler and the O didn't miss a beat

However I think Kellen Winslow revolutionized the TE position with this speed and receiving ability. He was the ultimate matchup problem back then.

As much as I like Sharpe, Winslow for me is the best I've ever seen

JJJ
07-02-2010, 12:26 PM
Sad day in Boltville. Deserves the HOF. But never made the big show. But if there is one coach without a SB win who deserves to go though it is probably him. Just a real nice guy too.

It was fun growing up being a fan of Air Coryell.

Smiling Assassin27
07-02-2010, 12:34 PM
RIP, Coach Coryell. I used to love watching him in St. Louis. His teams were great to watch with Jim Hart, Terry Metcalf, Mel Gray and Roger Wehrli.

crawdad
07-02-2010, 12:38 PM
RIP Air Coryell, I always liked him as a coach even at SD.

JJJ
07-02-2010, 12:58 PM
RIP, Coach Coryell. I used to love watching him in St. Louis. His teams were great to watch with Jim Hart, Terry Metcalf, Mel Gray and Roger Wehrli.

These three were unbelievable players.

Hogan11
07-02-2010, 01:38 PM
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of him is that Miami/SD playoff game in 1981.

I liked him a lot better when he was coaching the Cards ;) R.I.P.

CEH
07-02-2010, 08:28 PM
Here's a nice video about Air Coryell



They sure were fun to watch

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/09000d5d8114b417/Top-Ten-Receiving-Corps-Air-Coryell

Los Broncos
07-02-2010, 09:28 PM
Wow there were some unreal catches in that video.

boltaneer
07-02-2010, 11:25 PM
I still can't believe he's not in the HoF.

It shows how clueless the sportswriters of this country are. Do they even know the history of this game? Maybe they'll learn a little history by watching the tributes on NFL Network this week.

I've always wondered wtf is it the sportswriters who get to choose this honor and not a committee of ex-players and coaches.