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Don Coryell, Jimmy Johnson not among Hall finalists

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While former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy is among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014, two other prominent former coaches didn’t make the final list.

The late Don Coryell, widely respected for his accomplishments as an offensive coach, was one of 10 semifinalists who didn’t make the cut.

Also falling short of the votes needed to be a finalist was Cowboys and Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson, who led Dallas to two Super Bowl titles and had a major role in the construction of a third Cowboys Super Bowl winner.

Coryell, who led the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers to multiple playoff berths, was a finalist for the Class of 2010. He has not received finalist consideration since. Johnson has yet to be a finalist.

Including postseason play, Coryell’s teams were 114-89-1 (.561), while Johnson’s clubs posted a 89-68 mark (.567).

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23 Responses to “Don Coryell, Jimmy Johnson not among Hall finalists”
  1. dadawg77 says: Jan 10, 2014 12:56 AM

    How does one of the more overrated coaches make it and not Johnson? How can you be a defensive coach with the greatest QB in history and only win one super bowl and be considered for the hall?

  2. nfl4days says: Jan 10, 2014 12:56 AM

    Jerry Jones ruined something really special in Dallas. Dallas would have 6-7 superbowls if JJ had stayed. Switzer won that SB by not getting in the way of what jimmy established.

  3. charger383 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:14 AM

    Coryell and Johnson did way more than Dungy. Remember Air Coryell, did they call anything Dungy?

  4. staffordsyear says: Jan 10, 2014 1:19 AM

    If cris carter can get in then both these guys have a great chance, eventually.

  5. cjnunes426 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:51 AM

    Both of them are more impactful on the game than Dungey. Better coaches too.

  6. don2074978 says: Jan 10, 2014 4:12 AM

    I think the problem for Jimmy Johnson is that even Barry Switzer could win a Super Bowl with the talent he had.

  7. jersey73 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:19 AM

    I’m still going to say the final 5 will be: Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Will Shields, Michael Strahan, and Charles Haley.

    Marvin Harrison will eventually get in, but I think the logjam at WR will keep him out right now. Tony Dungy will get in eventually too. But coaches tend to wait. Even Vince Lombardi wasn’t a first ballot HOFer. Only Don Shula, Chuck Knoll, and Tom Landry were first ballot HOFers and they won multiple Superbowls.

  8. 49erstim says: Jan 10, 2014 6:52 AM

    Am I the only one that’s frustrated with the bottleneck that’s being created by the selection process? We need to have a catch-up time where more guys get in. I’m thinking guys that have been on the list for a while, but are obvious HOFers they just don’t get the votes.

  9. 44mpo says: Jan 10, 2014 7:00 AM

    A lot of coaches are way more deserving to be in the HOF before Johnson. He was able to put together a very good team thanks to the Vikings and the Herschel Walker trade. But put in regular circumstances, like he had at Miami, he proved he was a mediocre coach at best. His final game, a 62 to 7 defeat in the playoffs to Jacksonville was a fitting end for a self promoting bag of gas.

  10. dolfan72 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:53 AM

    Johnson is a snake in the grass who has no business being considered. He won with a Cowboy team after getting a slew of draft picks for a has been named Hershel Walker. If Barry Switzer can come out of retirement and win with that team, I COULD HAVE COACHED IT!

    Don’t let Johnson fool you. He knew that team’s luck would run out SOONER rather than LATER. That was why he left Dallas.

    I was one of the many who campaigned, pleaded, prodded, and pushed to see him succeed Shula in Miami. I APOLOGIZE TO FANS EVERYWHERE FOR THAT! Johnson ruined that team and stuck them with WANNSTUPID! Johnson wanted to quit after ’98 but stayed when he convinced Huizenga to put WANNSTUPID on staff after Shula wanted Huizenga to hire Marty Shottenheimer!

    Keep Johnson OFF!

  11. broncostevenp says: Jan 10, 2014 8:06 AM

    Do we really need to talk about the 800 pound gorilla in the room here? It’s pretty obvious why Dungy is and Johnson isn’t. I’ll let someone else have the honor of saying it.

  12. mustafa67 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:27 AM

    Dungy was a fine coach and an even better human being. But he is not a Hall of Famer. He severely underachieved at both Tampa Bay and Indianapolis. Dungy should have at least 4 rings if not more, he was not half the coach or personnel man Johnson was.

  13. cshearing says: Jan 10, 2014 8:37 AM

    Yeah, I do not see how Dungy gets in. It’s not the Hall of Nice Guys.

  14. jdbaker01 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:45 AM

    This is what happens when you have morons like Peter King selecting the players. Let’s face it, he’s probably busy practicing writing his name with the last name Favre like a schoolgirl in love.

  15. ttommytom says: Jan 10, 2014 8:48 AM

    Dungy over Coryell is a joke.

    Those voting must have missed a generation or two of football…

  16. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 10, 2014 8:52 AM

    Bettis is the only worthy finalist.

  17. jlb10 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:32 AM

    the voters should be ashamed of themselves. don coryell should have been in years ago. he did much more for the game than dungy ever did.
    same could probably said of johnson

    what about the only 2 time sb winner tom flores? only coach with 2 rings not in the hof. why is that?

  18. sean987 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:04 AM

    To those trashing Jimmy for winning with that much talent and Switzer even winning with those players, who the heck do you think drafted those players? Jerry Jones? That’s why Jerry fired him in the first place. He wasn’t getting enough credit and wanted to prove everyone wrong. We’re still waiting Jerry….

  19. whinybabycarsonpalmer says: Jan 10, 2014 10:52 AM

    I’ll bring up the elephant in the room. I like Tony Dungy a lot. He’s a great guy and a good coach. But I don’t believe he would have won a SB had Peyton Manning not been his QB. However, the bigger issue is that they’re saying one of his qualifications is that he’s the first African American to win a Super Bowl. I could care less if he was the first purple person to win the Super Bowl, he’s not HOF material. Are they going to let someone in the HOF for being the first person of that ethnicity to win a SB? Or maybe in the next century, the first female to win a SB? I hope not. Are we going to start Affirmative Action for HOF entry? HOF entry should be based SOLELY on contributions and accomplishments that were above and beyond those of others.

    And before the haters start in on me, I’m a minority myself, so you can’t claim I’m some pro-white person. I could give a crap what color someone is. I’m all for equal opportunity, as long as it’s based on equal merit and nothing else.

  20. gromit45 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:07 AM

    I was all ready to comment but after reading thru what was said by y’all, it’s covered. Smartest commenters on the inter-webs are at PFT.
    (yes, and some smart a$$e$)

  21. cometkazie says: Jan 10, 2014 11:59 AM

    I think the HOF should be limited to those who had a significant impact on the game.

    It’s way too easy to get in now.

  22. fringetastic says: Jan 10, 2014 2:37 PM

    Coryell should be in because he introduced real innovation. I don’t think JJ should be in because he just had good players.

  23. 1bigtex says: Jan 10, 2014 7:50 PM

    Uh jlb10, how can you claim Tom Flores to be the only 2 timing winning Super Bowl coach in a post to a story about Jimmy Johnson? How many Super Bowl rings does Johnson have(Here’s a hint, they mention it IN the story)? How many does George Sieffert have? Of those three coaches, who has the worst record (Here’s a hint, he’s only 11 games over .500)?

    It seems as if the number of clueless Raiders’ fans is infinite.

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