Category Archives: Chuck Noll

Favorite AFL Images – Davis & Noll

Al Davis and Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll and Al Davis work from the booth as the Chargers face the Raiders on September 30, 1962.

One of the interesting things about the AFL is the number of great coaches who came up as assistants with AFL teams – Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, Al Davis, Tom Bass, Bum Phillips, Chuck Knox, John Madden and many more.  The most impressive AFL staff, in my mind, is that of the early Chargers.  Sid Gillman, Al Davis, Chuck Noll, Jack Faulkner and Joe Madro.  Is there another staff in history in which 60% of its members were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?  Imagine the conversations in coaching meetings…

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The Most Impressive Coaching Staff, Perhaps Ever!!!

Al Davis and Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll and Al Davis work from the booth as the Chargers face the Raiders on September 30, 1962.

One of the interesting things about the AFL is that many coaches that went on to prominence in the NFL got a heads-up in their career with the American Football League.  The Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers in particular had a very impressive grouping of assistant coaches over the years.  Head coach Sid Gillman demanded a lot out of his assistants, and as a result, hired the brightest and hardest-working individuals that he could find.  The result was team that played for the league championship in five out of the first six AFL seasons.

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