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    He lived for football. RIP
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    A true pioneer of the game; he will be missed.
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    Cousin of Nick Saban, not father as I always thought..............RIP Lou.
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    Guess i should mention he was the first Patriots coach.
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    Yes. And I never knew that until last year when it was a trivia question. I did remember him as coach of the Bills but not the Patriots.
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    Rather than rip the guy, me I respected his contribution. He was a cornerstone.
    Oh wait.
    Never mind.
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    Damn. That's too bad. He definitely was a pioneer of the modern game. Good man, good life. Thanks, Coach, for everything you did!

    As the first Patriots coach, he would've been 37 years old. Put Josh in a whole new light, eh?
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    "They're killin' me Whitey, they're killin' me!"

    -- One of the greatest coaching lines of all time. Enjoy winning in heaven, Lou.
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    Didn't seem to catch on. Mike Holovak did a great job replacing him. Saban did an equally good job at Buffalo.
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    thanks for the info!!! i didn't know since i just started following this team... RIP
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    The Saban days were like a revolving door. Around 200 players

    were looked at that very first year. If a player made a mistake,

    he was gone a couple of days later. The talent didn't gel until

    Holovak made the trade for Babe Parelli.
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    I thought Nick Saban was his nephew. But anyway, that's rotten news.

    I saw on another board that a Bills fan called the two AFL champion teams Saban coached the best in the team's history - which is saying something when you look at the Bills of the early-mid 1990s.
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    Nephew makes sense as did son - but it is cousin so says a few googled sites.

    "Their killing me Whitey, their killin me" is indeed one of the greatest sports lines ever!!!!!!!!!!
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    You heard correctly. Although the Bills teams of the 90's was good the 64 and 65 teams played a rougher brand of football. We would have been in Super Bowl 1 if we could have beat the Chiefs in the AFC title game. I can't wrap my head around why he didn't hold a job for longer than a year and a half though.

    We'll miss you coach. RIP
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    Me too. Until I found this out a few years ago I would have said Mike Holovak was our first coach. I know I started "following" the team when they started in 1960, but "follows" from the perspective of a 9 year old kid doesn't necessarily mean knowing who the head coach is.
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    Bills dominated the AFL East in the mid-60's before the merger. I don't remember a lot about Saban but I can remember they were very good on both sides of the ball. Mostly it was a dominating, smothering defense, but the guy who got the headlines was a player by the name of Jack Kemp; I may be one of the few that first still thinks of him as a QB whenever I hear his name.

    In '64 the Bills were a dominating 9-0 with only one close game, and then the Pats came back from 14 down to win in the 4th quarter by a TD. Babe Parilli threw for five TDs in the win; it was one of my first memories of the Pats as a young kid.

    Season finale came down to the last game of the season and while all the parents in my neighborhood were watching the NFL, all the kids on my street were following the Pats. Bills won 24-14 but as I recall it wasn't nearly as close as the final score.

    Bills ranked first in points scored, points allowed, yardage and yards allowed that year. In back-to-back years they stifled the Chargers for the AFL championship. Saban ended up jumping to the NFL, and soon after Kemp was done as a QB; not sure if anybody has ever heard from him since. They had about a quarter century of mediocrity after that, though OJ's trampling of the Pats a decade later did lead to a huge NFL record.


    Those were very, very good teams in Buffalo at that time. They're somewhat disrespected in NFL history because it was the AFL, prior to the merger. I'm not saying they would have beat the Packers, but they would have held there own against the NFL's best at that time. In fact, had the Bills played the NFL champs in 65, they would have done better than the Chiefs and Raiders did after that - because they had a better defense.
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    It would be interesting to see how those Bills would have stacked up against Lombardi's squad. In Ed Gruver's book about the AFL he mentions how members of the '63 Chargers were convinced they could have beat the NFL champs that year.
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    Fantastic post my friend. Kind of makes you wonder how Bills would have done in Super Bowl 1 had they beat the Chiefs in the AFC title game.
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    Cookie Gilchrist was an awesome FB for that team. He was powerful force for that team, he was 6-3 and weighed 253 lbs - a monster RB for his day.

    By the way, he ended his career in Miami and scored the first ever Miami Dolphin touchdown in 1966, by taking their first ever opening kickoff return to the house.
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    He was the AFL's first 1,000 yard rusher too I believe.
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