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    Coach Don Shula Dead at 90

    Winningest coach in NFL history, gone...



    Don Shula celebrating with the Dolphins after the teamís 14-7 Super Bowl win in 1973 against the Redskins.Credit...Associated Press


    By Ken Belson



    • May 4, 2020, 10:46 a.m. Eastern


    Don Shula, the winningest head coach in National Football League history and the only one to lead a team to a perfect season, died on Monday at his home. He was 90.


    His death was announced by the Miami Dolphins on Twitter.

    More here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/s...hula-dead.html

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    Bob Griese was quarterback for the Dolphins in the early 70's with Shula as the coach. Griese is from Evansville, IN close to my hometown. So, most people from my area still liked the Dolphins even if it weren't their favorite team.

    That was when Larry Csonka was fullback for the Dolphins. Griese would hand off or throw him the ball and he was like a battering ram running with the ball. He could plow through lots of defensive lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative Libertarian View Post
    Bob Griese was quarterback for the Dolphins in the early 70's with Shula as the coach. Griese is from Evansville, IN close to my hometown. So, most people from my area still liked the Dolphins even if it weren't their favorite team.

    That was when Larry Csonka was fullback for the Dolphins. Griese would hand off or throw him the ball and he was like a battering ram running with the ball. He could plow through lots of defensive lines.
    My wife is from Indiana.

    Her family were big supporters of the Dolphins back in that time frame because of the reason you stated.

    Florida was Dolphin crazy back in the Shula/Grisese day.

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    Aww. Rest in peace, Coach Shula. Having been THE WINNINGEST COACH IN NFL HISTORY! ...you've more than earned it.

    The toughest man the players will ever love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2cent View Post
    Aww. Rest in peace, Coach Shula. Having been THE WINNINGEST COACH IN NFL HISTORY! ...you've more than earned it.

    The toughest man the players will ever love.
    Not only the winningest coach, but the only one to ever have a perfect season and went completely undefeated in 1972.

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    Ah darn, RIP Don, Truly one of the great ones.

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    OPPS!

    Just posted the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiak View Post
    Not only the winningest coach, but the only one to ever have a perfect season and went completely undefeated in 1972.
    That perfect season actually was a 12-0 run, the other two wins were handed to the Dolphins by the officials on a silver platter, couple of the worst calls in NFL history gave them two extra regular season victories. Unless you are in your 70's, you probably don't know much about Don Shula.

    I met and knew Shula when working pressbox security for the Dolphins for 10-years. Always a gentleman, he was exceptionally talented as a coach - he also was head coach of the old Baltimore Colts when they lost the third Super Bowl to Joe Namath and the N.Y. Jets in Miami's Orange Bowl stadium, now torn down and the Miami Marlins baseball stadium was built on the site. Shula led the Dolphins to three straight Super Bowls, a loss to Dallas, and wins over Minnesota and Washington.

    He also was General Manager of the team, always a mistake in the NFL. Dolphins success went downhill after Shula retired because every coach they hired they also gave him the GM job. Very, very few men can handle both assignments - Belichek; Parsells; Cower; Nick Sabin; Jimmy Johnson about it. Fins went to the playoffs and an AFC title game a couple of times, but have been mediocre, even below mediocre, for about 30-years with a couple of good seasons stuck in between. Buffalo in the 90's kept decent Dolphins teams in their place, but under Shula, they beat Buffalo 20-straight in the 1970's. Their front office is, and remains a shambles since Shula and Sabin departed and even Bill Parsells couldn't resurrect them. They have been trying to replace Dan Marino since the moment he retired, and the lame South Florida press corps constantly is predicting Super Bowl's for the team - isn't going to happen.

    I am from the Buffalo area, so not particularly a Dolphins fan, even less a Shula fan after he retired. Once he retired, he became worse than Donald Trump, lending his name to just about every thing from laundry soap to steak houses. He was responsible for Larry Czonka's banishment from the Dolphin fraternity (Czonk lives in Alaska and doesn't ever come to Miami for anything relating to the Dolphins).

    Most NFL teams have tremendous stars of Pro Bowl and Hall of Fame material who are honored and remembered by the fans. In the case of the Miami Dolphins, in 2020, they still have only two they can brag about - Don Shula and Dan Marino, nobody else is worthy of being remembered. Ricky Williams was a bull of a fullback, Fins fans dumped all over him for using pot and taking early retirement, but hell, their only offense weapon for five years was to hand him the ball 30+ times a game and bang him into the line. Even guys like John Riggins and Earl Campbell would come apart taking that kind of punishment. I never felt upset about Williams' using drugs - he couldn't have kept that pace up without the pot.

    RIP Coach Shula, but the man couldn't even find his way to the football stadium the past 20-years, and all we ever heard on local tv, daily, year after year after year was "This is Coach Don Shula." Advertising something he probably was so senile he didn't even know what it was.

    Not his fault - fault of lously owners, coaches and the stupid mistake of giving the front office and scouting department to the Head Coach for 20+ years. That's why the team is second division and about to stay there another 10-years. No talent from the field to the owner's suites. I know all the writers who cover the South Florida sports teams - nobody ever writes anything critical about the Dolphins, but one of them, a veteran, told me once he notified the Dolphins front office to check out a young receiver playing for Kutztown State (thik it is in Philadelphia) - said the guy would be great. Dolphins front office never looked at the kid - laughed about the school and ignored the tip - that player was Andre Reid, in the Hall of Fame from the Buffalo Bills, whose scouting department DOES know where places like Kutztown State; Slippery Rock; Lehigh; Bucknell; Florida Atlantic; Central Florida and Florida International colleges are.

    Standard for the NFL is if you are going with a rookie QB - you are telling the fans not to expect results for the next five seasons. That's the Miami Dolphins. When Shula had em, he was great - he became a sort of clown in his retirement years. An unfortunate legacy.

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    One of the Titans of the 70s (He was a student of Al Davis )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator Monroe View Post
    One of the Titans of the 70s (He was a student of Al Davis )
    Always liked Al Davis for his competitive teams, and the Raaadars ability to take players other teams avoided like the plague and win with them.

    Has the NFL made a decision or the Raiders made it, to move to Las Vegas from Oakland? If they do, like the old Baltimore Colts who were legendary, and snuck out of town in the middle of the night to become the Indy Colts, they will lose their luster and history, which is 59-years old. That would leave only one team in Oakland wearing black - the Hells Angels.

    Al Davis is the only person who raised the society level of two cities, Oakland and Los Angeles, by leaving both.

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