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Former Steelers OC Ron Erhardt Passes Away at Age 80

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Bill Cowher’s first offensive coordinator and former Giants OC Ron Erhardt passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 80.

Erhardt was the Steelers offensive coordinator from 1992-95. He passed away in Boca Raton, Florida. In his four seasons with the Steelers, he helped the team reach three divisional titles, and was the OC when the Steelers reached Super Bowl XXX against the Cowboys.

Erhardt’s offense was known for running the football, and he got Barry Foster to star status in his first season in 1992.

He also helped Neil O’Donnell reach the Pro Bowl in 1995 when the Steelers went to a passing heavy offense with a five wideout set.

Erhardt was the offensive coordinator who won two Super Bowls under Giants coach Bill Parcells. He got his shot at being a head coach of the Pats from 1979 to 1981, going 21 and 27.

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Former Steelers Offensive Coordinator Ron Erhardt Dies at Age 80

Ron Erhardt, the Steelers offensive coordinator from 1992-95, died Wednesday morning in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 80 years old.

Erhardt won three divisional championships in four seasons with Pittsburgh, including an AFC championship in 1995.

He was named offensive coordinator under first-year coach Bill Cowher and newly appointed Player Personnel Director Tom Donahoe. The Steelers bounced back from a 7-9 finish to 11-5 with the first of those three divisional titles.

Erhardt’s offense developed Neil O’Donnell from a third round pick in 1991 to one of the better passers in the league by 1995. Under his guidance, the Steelers flourished with a new offensive identity. With running backs Barry Foster and Erric Pegram, the Steelers were a solid running team, but O’Donnell and WR Yancey Thigpen, the team threw the ball as frequently as at any point in Cowher’s regime.

Erhardt is most famously known as the offensive coordinator who won two Super Bowls under Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1986 and 1990. He was the head coach of the New England Patriots from 1979-81, compiling a 21-27 record.

He also coached Division II North Dakota State University to two national championships between 1966 and 1973.

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Former Patriots head coach Ron Erhardt dies at 80

Ron Erhardt, who coached the Patriots from 1979 to 1981 and ran the offenses for two Super Bowl winning Giants teams, has died at the age of 80. The Patriots announced the sad news on Wednesday afternoon and North Dakota State University, which Erhardt coached to great success, also released a statement. Erhardt coached the…

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