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Multiple reports are emerging from San Diego that former Chargers coach Don Coryell has died at the age of 85.

Coryell coached the Chargers from 1978 through half of the 1986 season, compiling a record if 72-60. He resigned after eight games in his final year on the job.

A finalist for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, the coach took full advantage of rules changes aimed at opening up the passing game to create Air Coryell, an attack that turned quarterback Dan Fouts and tight end Kellen Winslow into Hall of Famers -- and the Chargers into perennial contenders.

Coryell had been ill for months. Eventually, he passed due to complications from pneumonia.

He also served as head coach of the Cardinals from 1973 through 1977. Before that, Coryell coached at San Diego State for more than a decade.

A great coach.

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A huge influence on Joe Gibbs.

Absolutely. It's a shame this one was moved from the Stadium to Around the NFL. He was Gibbs' mentor.

Regardless... It can't be said too many times... RIP, Coach.

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RIP Coach. I'll probably remember Coryell more for his stint with the Cardinals, as they were up there with the Cowboys and Skins vying for NFC East supremacy for a few years in the mid-70s. Seems like Don was the Marty of the 70s and early 80s, consistently making the playoffs but never able to reach the big game.

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Coryell memorial service is Monday (today)

By Union-Tribune

Originally published July 10, 2010 at 11:42 p.m., updated July 11, 2010 at midnight

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Don Coryell has been credited with molding the modern passing game.

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Don Coryell, who twice reversed the fortunes of San Diego football franchises and revolutionized the passing game in the National Football League, has died at the age of 85.

The public memorial service celebrating the life of Don Coryell is scheduled for Monday, July 12, at San Diego State University's Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, beginning at 2 p.m. PT. The doors to Viejas Arena will open at 1 p.m. and all fans and friends are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will be streamed live at GoAztecs.com, for those who cannot attend.

The service is expected to last approximately 90 minutes and is scheduled to include eulogies by Fred Dryer, Dan Fouts, Joe Gibbs, Jim Hanifan and John Madden.

In lieu of flowers, the Coryell family asks for contributions to: The Don Coryell Scholarship Fund, in care of The Campanile Foundation, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4313.

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