- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former San Diego Chargers coach Sid Gillman is No. 18 on ESPN’s list of all-time NFL coaches.
He coached the Chargers from 1960-71. The Chargers won five division titles and one league championship in the first six years of the American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970.
Gillman was considered the godfather of the passing game.
“Sid Gillman is still the father of the modern-day passing game at all levels of football: the National Football League, collegiate football, high school football, and even down to Pop Warner,” said longtime NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, whom Gillman tutored for three seasons. “The concepts that he developed are still being used at every level of football.”
Gillman influenced several major NFL figures including Al Davis, Chuck Noll and future San Diego coach Don Coryell, who took Gillman’s principles and made the “Air Coryell" Chargers famous.