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January 15, 1991 | Associated Press
Joe Collier, out of football the past two years after serving seven seasons as Denver's assistant head coach for defense, was named defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. The Patriots also named Charlie West defensive backfield coach. West held the same position with the Broncos from 1982 through 1988. Stan Jones, a longtime Denver assistant who was on Cleveland's staff last season, is the leading candidate to become defensive line coach.
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January 15, 1991 | Associated Press
Joe Collier, out of football the past two years after serving seven seasons as Denver's assistant head coach for defense, was named defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. The Patriots also named Charlie West defensive backfield coach. West held the same position with the Broncos from 1982 through 1988. Stan Jones, a longtime Denver assistant who was on Cleveland's staff last season, is the leading candidate to become defensive line coach.
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November 1, 1986 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The way Joe Collier sees it, it's only a matter of time before defensive players in the National Football League are required to wear handcuffs. Or balls and chains. Or blindfolds. Collier has been around pro football since 1960, and he's seen all the trends. He doesn't much care for the current one. In Denver, defense has been spelled C-O-L-L-I-E-R for 18 years. When Lou Saban hired him in 1969, Collier was 36.
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October 20, 1990
The Rams are the worst defensive team this season. Has anybody bothered to ask why the Phoenix Cardinals did not choose Fritz Shurmur as their head coach? Maybe they knew something about this "defensive genius" that Ram management did not know. The Rams will go nowhere with Fritz as their defensive coordinator. I guess John Robinson does not want to contribute to the already high unemployment rate. Where have you gone, Joe Collier? RUBEN BORRERO Palmdale
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October 20, 1990
The Rams are the worst defensive team this season. Has anybody bothered to ask why the Phoenix Cardinals did not choose Fritz Shurmur as their head coach? Maybe they knew something about this "defensive genius" that Ram management did not know. The Rams will go nowhere with Fritz as their defensive coordinator. I guess John Robinson does not want to contribute to the already high unemployment rate. Where have you gone, Joe Collier? RUBEN BORRERO Palmdale
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December 22, 1988 | Associated Press
Joe Collier, who was noncontroversial during his 20 years as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, this week lashed out at other National Football League organizations and said he is being selective about job prospects. Collier, 56, who was fired Sunday along with four other Denver defensive assistants, had harsh words for the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts and their coach, Ron Meyer, who has fired his defensive staff.
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January 7, 1987
When Joe Collier, defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, one of his linebackers was Marty Schottenheimer, current coach of the Cleveland Browns. Asked what he remembered about Schottenheimer, Collier said: "I remember we always had a tough time getting his name on the back of a jersey." San Diego Charger quarterback Dan Fouts, on Cleveland cornerbacks Frank Minnifield and Hanford Dixon: "I think they're the two best in the game.
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October 4, 1997
Fewest games at helm before NFL head coaches were fired: 1. Joe Collier, Bills: after 2 games in 1968 2. Eddie Erdelatz, Raiders: after 2 games in 1961 3. Jack Patera, Seahawks: after 2 games in 1982 4. Howard Schnellenberger, Colts: after 3 games in 1974 5. Johnny McNally, Steelers: after 3 games in 1939 6. Norb Hecker, Falcons: after 3 games in 1968 7. Bill Edwards, Lions: after 3 games in 1942 8. Jerry Williams, Eagles: after 3 games in 1971 9. Hugo Bezdek, Rams: after 3 games in 1938 10.
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September 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
In the off-season, Denver Bronco Coach Dan Reeves went shopping for a more aggressive defense. On Sunday, it appeared he got what he paid for. Junking the more passive philosophy of longtime defensive coordinator Joe Collier, Reeves hired Wade Phillips to install an attacking philosophy. After an erratic preseason, the new-look Broncos defense--featuring five new faces in the starting lineup--came up with numerous big plays Sunday.
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December 19, 1988
Less than 24 hours after the Denver Broncos concluded a disappointing 8-8 season, defensive coordinator Joe Collier and four other defensive assistants were fired, Coach Dan Reeves announced Sunday. Collier, 56, a Bronco coach for 20 years who was the principal architect of the Orange Crush defense of the late 1970s, was not surprised by the decision.
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December 22, 1988 | Associated Press
Joe Collier, who was noncontroversial during his 20 years as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, this week lashed out at other National Football League organizations and said he is being selective about job prospects. Collier, 56, who was fired Sunday along with four other Denver defensive assistants, had harsh words for the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts and their coach, Ron Meyer, who has fired his defensive staff.
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January 7, 1987
When Joe Collier, defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, one of his linebackers was Marty Schottenheimer, current coach of the Cleveland Browns. Asked what he remembered about Schottenheimer, Collier said: "I remember we always had a tough time getting his name on the back of a jersey." San Diego Charger quarterback Dan Fouts, on Cleveland cornerbacks Frank Minnifield and Hanford Dixon: "I think they're the two best in the game.
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November 1, 1986 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The way Joe Collier sees it, it's only a matter of time before defensive players in the National Football League are required to wear handcuffs. Or balls and chains. Or blindfolds. Collier has been around pro football since 1960, and he's seen all the trends. He doesn't much care for the current one. In Denver, defense has been spelled C-O-L-L-I-E-R for 18 years. When Lou Saban hired him in 1969, Collier was 36.
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December 22, 1988
Joe Montana, recalling his first appearance in the Pro Bowl, told the San Francisco Chronicle that his coach was John McKay, who got right to the point at the first team meeting in Honolulu. According to Montana, McKay said: "Men, our goal this week is to be on the beach by 11:30, and I'm just here to play golf, so get to know your assistant coaches."
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January 28, 1991 | TED BROCK
That guy with the 900 number who charges $1.49 a minute for the privilege of listening to a tape that tells you which high school athletes are going to which colleges ("Press 8 for New Daily Committals!") ought to team up with the University of Kentucky. According to David Davidson of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the Kentucky athletic department recently sank $80,000 into a computer system designed to track the recruiting, initial eligibility and financial-aid status of its athletes.
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