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Don Coryell

July 2, 2010 by Post Team 

Don CoryellDon Coryell:This is a sad day for football boot, but the thought of man Coryell, was the very definition of life well lived. Don Coryell define a generation of football Charger 1978-1986. He was a master of the offense, every Sunday is showtime when he coached. The Chargers were the air circus, which was what he aspired to other crimes. And while known for crime, in its first years of the defense in the form of Louis Kelcher, Fred Dean Johnson and Gary “Big Hands broke opposing offensive lines.

Coryell was a strange contradiction. If you saw him on the bench watching the game, sometimes feared he was going right through players burn holes. Your typical posture was bent at the waist, hands on knees with fierce look that only products consumed in its entirety. However, having seen this in a press conference that was the most genial, enthusiastic man could wish to know. He praised his players and coaches, was a class act through and through. He spoke with a lisp, but she was so comfortable in his own skin barely noticed.

I was in high school when Don Coryell became head coach. We had moved to only recently, and I had been a lukewarm fan of the Rams. Someone mentioned the Chargers have won their last six games under Coryell and mocked me, it would be terrible next year. But there was no cable back then and the Chargers football was everything, so I saw the next season and was hooked. It was an aerial circus and sometimes crashed and burned, but for fun there was nothing better. Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joyner and John Jefferson, who not only dissect defenses, dismantled all under the steely-eyed look of Coryell.

Shakespeare wrote “The moon is an arrant thief, and her pale fire that takes away from the sun.” That was true for Coryell offense, there were many that were similar, but they were imperfect reflections of reality. Your Chargers lead the league in passing from 1978-1983. Some say it’s a shame that not make it into the Hall of Fame in this last round, and is absolutely right. It’s a shame for the Hall of Fame.

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