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Don Coryell Named as NFL Hall of Fame Finalist

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Don Coryell, the former coach head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, was picked as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023. However, he will need to get 80% of the Hall of Fame vote to make it into the hall.

Coryell coached the Cardinals from 1973-1977; while coaching the Cardinals, he posted a 70-42-1 record. He coached the Cardinals to the playoffs twice in five seasons. Coryell won two division titles and won Coach of the Year in 1974 with the Cardinals.

Don Coryell coached the Chargers from 1978 to 1986. He developed one of the NFL’s most dynamic passing games with the Chargers. The offense was called “Air Coryell.” It featured pre-snap motion and only one running back. It was an offense predicated on throwing down the field.

During his time with the Chargers made back-to-back trips to the AFC title games in 1980 and 1981. In Coryell’s tenure with the Chargers, they averaged 26.2 points per game and 390.8 total yards per game.

Coryell finished his career with an 11-83-1 record and was one of the greatest offensive minds in NFL history.

 

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