Former NFL player and coach Dan Reeves dies at 77

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2022 6:00 pm    Post subject: Former NFL player and coach Dan Reeves dies at 77

January 1st is an awful day for the Broncos


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Dan Reeves, player and coach who participated in nine Super Bowls, dies at 77
Dan Reeves, an NFL player, assistant coach and head coach who retired having participated in a then-record nine Super Bowls, has died at the age of 77.

A quarterback at South Carolina better known for his running ability than his passing, Reeves signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 1965 and initially was asked to try to make the roster on defense and special teams, but when the Cowboys had injuries at halfback and decided to give Reeves a try at the position, he flourished.

Reeves’ best season as a player came in 1966, when he led the NFL with 16 touchdowns. In eight seasons with the Cowboys, Reeves had 1,990 rushing yards and 1,693 receiving yards, and he totaled 42 touchdowns. He played in two Super Bowls, helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl VI. He then joined the Cowboys’ coaching staff as an assistant to Tom Landry, where he coached in three more Super Bowls.

In 1981, the Broncos hired Reeves as their head coach, making him the youngest head coach in the NFL at the time. In 1983 the Broncos acquired John Elway, and Reeves and Elway got to the Super Bowl together after the 1986, 1987 and 1989 seasons. But they lost all three Super Bowls, Reeves and Elway began to have a personal falling out, and Reeves was fired after an 8-8 season in 1992.

Reeves then spent the next four years coaching the Giants, and he was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 1993, but the Giants declined after that and he was fired again following the 1996 season. The Falcons hired him in 1997, and in 1998, the Falcons had one of the most unexpected Super Bowl appearances in NFL history, winning the NFC Championship Game and facing Elway and the Broncos in the Super Bowl, where Reeves’ Falcons lost.

That was Reeves’ ninth and final Super Bowl appearance, setting a new NFL record for the most combined appearances by a player or coach. (That total has since been surpassed by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.)

Reeves’ family released a statement saying he died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, after a long illness.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2022 7:03 pm    Post subject:

The NFL's Hall Of Fame process is a joke, and he should have been in a long, long time ago. RIP.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:27 am    Post subject:

They make it sound like just personal diffs of opinion. Elway was pissed at the ouster of Mike Shanahan amid 3 SB Ls and a 55-10 L to Frisco. And Elway was a rook in 1983! who refused to play out East which tells you how much gall he could show when things weren't to his liking. Then Reeves goes, Shanahan returns, Elway wins his trophies w/ the last against Reeves. Tryin to conjure the closest approx NBA example to that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:08 pm    Post subject:

As good as the Falcons record was in 98, that was such a massive upset of the 15-1 Vikings team that scored 556 points, a record at the time. We never got to see a Broncos-Vikings Super Bowl that year, which would have been one of the best and most intriguing matchups ever.

The Falcons also kept Steve Young and the 49ers from getting a first round bye which would have drastically changed the NFC playoff picture and Young had one of his best years in 98.

Minnesota never seemed to recover after that loss. Minnesota made the playoffs after that but they were never on the same level and the Rams offense was clearly much better than the 99 and 2000 Vikings offense.

What a massive impact just one great season had.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:08 pm    Post subject:

ChickenStu wrote:
The NFL's Hall Of Fame process is a joke, and he should have been in a long, long time ago. RIP.


I was wondering why Madden didn’t get in until 2006.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:29 pm    Post subject:

Steve007 wrote:
ChickenStu wrote:
The NFL's Hall Of Fame process is a joke, and he should have been in a long, long time ago. RIP.


I was wondering why Madden didn’t get in until 2006.


Because the NFL's HOF voting guidelines mandate that the voters can't consider their impact across more than one line. For example, Madden was considered as only a coach. His broadcasting career and/or impact on football could not be a factor. So when it comes to Reeves, it's similar, it's strictly whether he deserves to be in as a player (he didn't) or as a coach (he does imo). But when you add it all up, you take his career as a coach, all the wins, the 4 Super Bowl appearances, and then add in an important playing career, and there's just no question he should be in.

And they only allow like 5 players in each year, and it's stupid. There are so many players who are obvious HOF'ers who get passed over each year because they can only let 5 in each year. They need to overhaul the entire system.
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