Don Coryell passed away in 2010, and many football fans don’t know of his contributions to the game. Coryell was the head coach of the San Diego State Aztecs football team throughout the 1960’s and into the 1970’s when he was given his first chance as a head coach in the National Football League.
In 1973, he was hired as the head coach of the lowly St. Louis Cardinals and within a couple of years had turned them into a team that won back to back division championships. The Cardinals never could make a championship run under Coryell, but they remained competitive during his time there.
In 1978, he became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers ufabet สมัครผ่านมือถือ were also in need of some help and Coryell brought the desired spark. The benefits of this great coach paid off immediately as the likes of Dan Fouts, John Jefferson, Chuck Muncie, Charlie Joiner, Kellen Winslow, and James Brooks excelled in his new offense, dubbed “Air Coryell”. The Chargers would play in some of the biggest games of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and also were considered one of the best teams of the era.
Coryell’s influence is still felt today as many coaches use principles or whole offensive schemes that he came up with. There are also a number of coaches still active in the league that learned from him too. It isn’t just Chargers fans that should be saddened by the passing of Don Coryell, but football fans everywhere.