Clive Rush spent six seasons (1963-1968) as the New York Jets offensive coordinator, carefully constructing what would become the AFL’s first Super Bowl-winning offense.
After experiencing championship successes, Rush became a hot commodity as a potential head coach, which ultimately ended with Rush being named as head coach of the Boston Patriots for the 1969 season. The Pats had finished with a 4-10 record in 1968, and looked to Rush to spark an offense that had finished eighth of the 10 AFL teams in scoring.
Rush moved quickly as Patriots head coach, trading away stars Leroy Mitchell and Nick Buoniconti almost immediately. The following article details the situation in Boston when Rush took over: CLIVE RUSH HAS NO MAGIC WAND
Clive Rush’s tenure in Boston was shorter than expected. After repeating their 4-10 record in 1969, Rush’s contract was bought out by the Patriots seven games into the 1970s season when he was sidelined by health issues.