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05-04-2020, 07:46 AM   #1
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Don Shula has passed

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Hall of Fame Dolphins coach Don Shula died Monday morning at his home at age 90, the team confirmed.

"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene," the Dolphins said in a statement.

No additional details on Shula's death have been provided.

Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history and spent the majority of his career coaching the Dolphins. During his tenure, he led Miami to two Super Bowl championships and coached the only perfect season in league history. The 1972 Dolphins became the first and only team to have an undefeated season while going 17–0. The historic season ended in a 14–7 victory over Washington in Super Bowl VII. , , ,
Don Shula death: Longtime Dolphins coach dies at age 90 - Sports Illustrated

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. . . Shula, who was only 33 when he stepped into his first head-coaching job, coached only two National Football League teams, the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins, and either despite or because of his dictatorial style, he ended his career with a 347-173-6 record, the NFL’s only perfect season — 17-0 with the 1972 Dolphins — and six Super Bowl appearances. He won two of them, capping that historic 1972 season with a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins, then beating the Minnesota Vikings a year later in Super Bowl VIII.

In his 33 seasons as a head coach — no one else has coached as many consecutive seasons in pro ball — he averaged 10 regular-season victories and had only two losing seasons. Only one other coach, George Halas, founder of the Chicago Bears and one of the founders of the league, made the 300-victory plateau, winning 325.. . .
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The men who built the NFL are just about all gone...
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the founders are all gone

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the ones who built the traditions of the game well traditions are always being created are they ?

Don Shula certainly was one of the great coaches
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It's amazing to think that Bill Belichick is only at 237 wins after 20 years with the Patriots. Of course, he had a failed stop with the Browns before that, but it's probably unlikely he will get to 300 wins -- and this is in a time when there are more NFL games played per season than in Don Shula's time.

(A lot of other things have made it harder to win consistently, including the salary cap and free agency).

Edit: Belichick is at 273 wins, so the above is wrong. Of course the Patriots will likely not be as good with Tom Brady leaving. It could easily take three to four seasons to get the 300 mark, at which point he would be 72...


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only two on this list are still active

1 Don Shula 328
2 George Halas 318
3 Bill Belichick 273
4 Tom Landry 250
5 Curly Lambeau 226
6 Andy Reid 207
7 Marty Schottenheimer 200
8 Chuck Noll 193
9 Dan Reeves 190
10 Chuck Knox 186
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Weirdly, when I heard the news, the first thing I remembered about him was seeing him at his steakhouse in Chicago many years ago, which was a complete surprise.
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