Former Patriots, Colts coach Ron Meyer passes away at 76

Former Patriots, Colts coach Ron Meyer passes away at 76

Meyer later landed in the National Football League as coach of the New England Patriots (1982-84) and Indianapolis Colts (1986-91). Meyer got his coaching start in the in high school ranks with Penn in Mishawaka in 1964.

Meyer finished 18-15 in his Patriots career, with his first year as coach coming in a strike-shortened season in 1982. During a December game against the Miami Dolphins that year, Meyer famously called a timeout so a stadium maintenance worker, Mark Henderson, could plow snow away from the spot where kicker John Smith was going to attempt a 33-yard field goal.

He is known for his time as SMU's head coach (1976-81) and the New England Patriots (1982-84). That bubbled over into an open battle over authority after the Patriots lost a 44-24 decision to the Miami Dolphins on October 21, 1984, when Meyer chose to fire Rust. That led to then-Patriots general manager firing Meyer, hiring another coach and reinstating Rust, a story that ultimately ended with the controversial coach coaching in Indianapolis.

Meyer led the Colts to their first division title and playoff appearance in Indy in 1987.

But if there is a lasting legacy to be found in the brief and tumultuous coaching tenure of Ron Meyer in Foxboro, it's seen every Sunday when Tom Brady walks to the sideline with a clean uniform and not much of a limp. Meyer's 1981 SMU team went 10-1 that season, and finished No. 5 in the nation before Meyer jumped to the pros.

Dolphins coach Don Shula was livid.

Irving Fryar left poses with New England Patriots coach Ron Meyer right during a press conference at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts on Wednesday
Former Patriots, Colts coach Ron Meyer passes away at 76

Smith, meanwhile, has steadfastly maintained that when the plow veered to clear the spot from which Matt Cavanaugh would hold the ball, it swept additional snow and slush into his approach to the kick and made it more hard.

The Patriots won, 3-0. He was a great man. Coach and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

He had an overall record of 54-50 in the National Football League and was 0-2 in the postseason.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on February 17, 1941, Meyer played quarterback and defensive back for two years at Purdue before turning to a coaching career. He spent six seasons at his alma mater before spending two seasons as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.

He also served a stint coaching in the short-lived XFL.

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