Fouts, Madden, Gibbs will speak at Coryell memorial service

The “celebration of life” to be held next week for a man who arguably should be in the Hall of Fame will include three speakers who already have been enshrined in Canton.

The Chargers announced today that Dan Fouts, John Madden, and Joe Gibbs will address the crowd attending Don Coryell’s memorial service at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University, along with former NFL defensive end Fred Dryer and former NFL coach Jim Hanifan.

The event begins at 2:00 p.m. local time on Monday, July 12.

Contributions in Coach Coryell’s honor can be made to the Campanile Foundation, Attn: Don Coryell Scholarship Fund, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4313.

6 responses to “Fouts, Madden, Gibbs will speak at Coryell memorial service

  1. “How is Don Coryell not in Canton? ”
    Short answer: he isn’t a Hall of Fame worthy coach.
    Longer answer: He doesn’t have the wins, winning percentage nor appearances in the Super Bowl (much less wins) . There are three coaches in the HoF that did not win the Super Bowl/Championship: Bud Grant, Marv Levy, George Allen. Both Grant and Levy have four Super Bowl appearances a piece. Allen had a ridiculous winning percentage and a Super Bowl appearance.
    As head coach, Coryell displayed a pattern of only coaching one side of the ball. His defenses were regularly bad and in many cases atrocious (he literally had the worse defense in the NFL twice in his coaching career). In 14 years, the best he achieved was losing in the conference championship game twice. That simply doesn’t cut it for getting into the HoF *as a head coach*.
    As a contributor, I might buy his enshrinement, but as a head coach he was average.

  2. 1. GreenAndGold says: July 7, 2010 10:45 PM
    How is Don Coryell not in Canton?
    Because they don’t know what they’re doing over there.

  3. The passing attack this man introduced changed the NFL on both sides of the ball.
    The offensive passing attack he pioneered led to multiple Super Bowl appearances by Dallas, the Rams and the Pats. Defenses spent years trying to adjust to defend it.
    Yes, he himself as a head coach never made the Super Bowl, much less won it.
    But he had a huge impact on the NFL itself. And he should be in Canton.

  4. @manofaiki – It isn’t just about Super Bowls. There are head coaches in Canton that do not have Super Bowl wins. However, there are no coaches in Canton that do not at least have one Super Bowl *appearance*. Coryell’s winning percentage is only .572. In fact, he had a better winning percentage in St. Louis than in San Diego. As a HEAD COACH, he doesn’t deserve to be in Canton. Without championships, a HoF coach is measured by wins and winning percentages and by those measures Coryell was incredibly average.
    A big reason that he was such an average coach is that he only coached one side of the ball. As a contributor, I might buy the argument for his enshrinement, but as a head coach he is no where close. Guys like Wade Phillips have a better winning percentage than Coryell.

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