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Ron Meyer
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Sport Football
Born February 17, 1941 (1941-02-17) (age 68)
Career highlights
Overall 61–40–1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Championships
1981 SWC championship
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973-1975
1976-1981
1982-1984
1986-1991
2000
UNLV
SMU
New England Patriots
Indianapolis Colts
Chicago Enforcers

Ron Meyer (born February 17, 1941) is a former college and professional football coach. He is best known for being the head coach of the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

Biography

Meyer's head coaching career began at UNLV, where he coached from 1971 to 1975. In 1974, he had an undefeated season at UNLV at 11–0. In 1976, Meyer was the head coach of Southern Methodist University where he coached until 1981. This tenure included winning the Southwest Conference championship in 1981 with running backs Eric Dickerson and Craig James. While at SMU, Meyer was the losing coach in the famous "Miracle Bowl" in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, where SMU held a 45–25 lead against BYU with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, only to lose 46–45 thanks to three touchdown passes from Jim McMahon.

Meyer moved to the pros in 1982, where he would coach the New England Patriots for 3 seasons. He was named the AFC Coach of the Year in his first season where he led the New England Patriots to the playoffs in the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season after the team had finished with the league's worst record the prior season. He is perhaps best remembered by New England fans for coaching during the infamous Snowplow Game against the 1982 Miami Dolphins seasoMiami Dolphins on December 12, 1982. Under heavy snow at Foxboro Stadium with 4:45 remaining in the game, the Patriots lined up for a go-ahead field goal. Meyer called for a stadium worker named Mark Henderson (who was on a prison work release) to drive his snowplow on the field in order to clear an area for holder Matt Cavanaugh to spot the ball and to give kicker John Smith better footing. The Patriots went on to win the game, 3–0, on their way to their first playoff appearance since the 1979 season.

In 1984, Meyer was fired in midseason despite having a 5–3 record and was replaced by Raymond Berry. The move was prompted by team-wide alienation of players on Meyer's part, to where Patriots GM Patrick Sullivan was forced to hold player-only meetings. Meyer responded by firing assistant coach Rod Rust, though he did not have authority to do so. He was fired soon after. [1] Rust was rehired by Berry, and the Patriots reached Super Bowl XX in 1985 and won the AFC East championship in 1986. Rust became head coach upon Berry's resignation after the 1989 season, but was fired after a disastrous 1–15 campaign in 1990.

Meyer spent over a year out of coaching after being dismissed by the Patriots. Late in the 1986 season, he was hired to coach the Indianapolis Colts, who were 0–13 at the time. Meyer promptly lead the Colts to 3 straight victories to finish 3–13. A year later, he won the AFC East Division title with the Colts where he once again won the AFC Coach of the Year. Meyer was helped in large part by being reunited with his former college standout, Eric Dickerson, who was acquired by the Colts in a three-team, 10-player involving the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills.

The Colts did not return to the playoffs under Meyer, slipping by one game in each of the next three seasons, from 9-7 in 1988, to 8–8 in 1989 and 7–9 in 1990, despite the selection of quarterback Jeff George with the first overall pick in the 1990 draft. In 1991, when the Colts started off 0–5, he was let go.

The year after his dismissal from Indianapolis, Meyer became an analyst for CNN's Pro Football show. He would remain in that role for 2 seasons.

In 1994, Meyer returned to coaching again. This time Meyer became the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Las Vegas Posse franchise. The Posse finished the season 5–13. In addition to the poor record, the team suffered from poor attendance and eventually folded. Meyer would return to his role at CNN the following season.

In 2000, Meyer would return to coaching yet again, this time as part of the XFL's Chicago Enforcers franchise. The team would finish 5–5 and would lose to the eventual champion, the Los Angeles Xtreme. After the season, the XFL folded.

He is currently an NFL analyst for the show "The Score on the NFL" on the Canadian sports channel The Score.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
UNLV Rebels (Independent) (1973–1975)
1973 UNLV 8–3
1974 UNLV 12–1 L Grantland Rice
1975 UNLV 7–4
UNLV: 27–8
SMU Mustangs (SWC) (1976–1981)
1976 SMU 3–8
1977 SMU 4–7
1978 SMU 4–6–1
1979 SMU 5–6
1980 SMU 8–4 L Holiday 20 20
1981 SMU 10–1 5
SMU: 34–32–1
Total: 61–40–1
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

References

  1. ^ see Tales From The Patriots Sidelines (Illinois: Sports Publishing LLP), by Michael Felger
Preceded by
Dave Smith
Southern Methodist University Head Football Coach
1976–1981
Succeeded by
Bobby Collins
Preceded by
Ron Erhardt
New England Patriots Head Coaches
1982–1984
Succeeded by
Raymond Berry
Preceded by
Rod Dowhower
Indianapolis Colts Head Coaches
1986–1991
Succeeded by
Rick Venturi
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