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Remembering Don Coryell

Posted by Albert Breer  July 2, 2010 10:35 AM

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"A lot of that goes with other teams hiring people from that system or leaving it and going to the next team and taking the offense with them," Belichick continued. "It's like what we've seen out of San Diego this year. We of course played the Jets, which was (Brian) Schottenheimer, then we played San Diego, which actually wasn't San Diego, it was Norv Turner, but it was San Diego because there was a lot of carryover there.

Then we played Buffalo, which was San Diego, and then we played Cleveland, which was (Rob) Chudzinski, and that was San Diego. Now we're playing Cam (Cameron) and that's San Diego. The Norv influence between San Diego and Dallas with (Jason) Garrett there, in seven games we've had a lot of similarity in the offensive systems that we've seen, predominantly San Diego but to an extent the Norv Turner system, which is somewhat similar to the San Diego system.

"Again, that is a function of those coordinators and head coaches going from one system into another and taking it with them. That's just like it was with (Bill) Walsh, (George) Seifert, (Mike) Holmgren, (Jon) Gruden, Ray Rhodes and then all the other disciples that have come through, too, like (Mike) McCarthy and those guys, Dennis Green. They all took the West Coast with them.

"So it was prevalent and in terms of league-wide it was used in high percentages throughout the season. I can't remember exactly how the Coryell system went, but my sense of it was that it didn't break apart too much. Now when Gibbs went to Washington then it was Dan Henning, although his coaches stayed together for the most part for quite a while. Bugel went to Arizona. Who else? But [Don] Coryell and Sid Gillman, that was a very well thought out and excellent passing system with a lot of production."

And if you want to take it to another level, Coryell carries over some to the Patriots system as well.

See how Henning was referenced over and over by Belichick? Well, Henning was quarterbacks coach under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis with the Jets in 1998 and '99, and thus some Coryell's influence, no doubt, touched Weis, who installed his system with the Patriots starting in 2000.

More proof that if you're judged by how many people you affected, Coryell had a truly enormous impact on the game.
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