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Bud Carson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1930-04-28)April 28, 1930
Brackenridge, Pennsylvania
Died December 7, 2005(2005-12-07) (aged 75)
Sarasota, Florida
Playing career
1949–1951 North Carolina
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)









Georgia Tech
(Head Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Defensive Coordinator)
Los Angeles Rams
(Defensive Coordinator)
Baltimore Colts
(Defensive Coordinator)
Kansas City Chiefs
(Defensive Coordinator/DB Coach)
New York Jets
(Defensive Coordinator)
Cleveland Browns
(Head Coach)
Philadelphia Eagles
(Defensive Coordinator)
St. Louis Rams
(Defensive Coordinator)
Head coaching record
Overall 27–27
Bowls 1–1

Leon H. "Bud" Carson ((1930-04-28)April 28, 1930 – December 7, 2005(2005-12-07)) was an American football coach best known for his role on the Pittsburgh Steelers' championship teams of the 1970s.


Carson played defensive back for North Carolina from 1949 to 1951, then entered the Marines.


His first coaching job was at Scottdale High School in Southwestern Pennsylvania which he began in 1955. Former Redskin Hog Russ Grimm's father had graduated in the Spring before Carson began coaching so he missed being his coach. Russ was born after Carson left coaching there.

Georgia Tech[edit]

After his discharge from the Marines, he went into coaching, working at Georgia Tech under head coach Bobby Dodd. Carson took over as head coach in 1967. Under Carson, the Yellow Jackets endured three straight 4-6 seasons before going 9-3 and winning the Sun Bowl in 1970. In 1971, Tech finished 6-6 after a Peach Bowl loss. His dismissal as Head Coach of the Yellow Jackets by James E. Boyd was reported in the Atlanta Constitution under the headline "Bitter Bud Carson Is Ousted at Tech".[citation needed]

In 1970 the GT Band began playing the Budweiser tune after the end of the 3rd quarter. In tribute to the then head coach the words were actually sung as, "When you say Bud Carson, you've said it all!"[citation needed]

While at Georgia Tech, he designed and implemented the "Cover 2" defensive scheme that has been adapted and widely used by the NFL.[citation needed]


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll hired Carson as defensive backs coach in 1972. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in 1973.[1] Under Carson, the "Steel Curtain" developed as one of the best defenses in National Football League history. The unit, led by Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, Jack Ham and Mean Joe Greene, gave up fewer points than any other American Football Conference team in Pittsburgh's Super Bowl seasons of 1974 and 1975. In 1976, the Curtain gave up fewer than 10 points a game.

After the 1977 season, Carson took over the defensive-coordinator job with the Los Angeles Rams, who lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. He later served on the coaching staffs of the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Colts before running the New York Jets' defense from 1985 to 1988. He finally landed a head-coaching job with the Cleveland Browns for the 1989 season after Marty Schottenheimer was fired after a wild card playoff loss to the Houston Oilers in 1988.

Cleveland won the AFC Central Division in 1989; however, for the third time in four years, the Browns losing to John Elway's Denver Broncos in the conference championship game 37-21. Browns owner Art Modell fired Carson halfway through the 1990 season, following a 42-0 home loss to the eventual 1990 AFC Champion Buffalo Bills. Browns' offensive coordinator Jim Shofner became head coach and the demoralized Browns finished the season with a franchise worst 3-13 record. Save for a 13-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Browns were outscored 217-87, including being shutout 35-0 by bitter rival Pittsburgh Steelers and being crushed in a humiliating 58-14 loss to the rival Houston Oilers. In the AFC Central Division rival games, the Browns won on opening day in a defensive gem over the Steelers 13-3, but then the Browns lost their remaining five AFC Central games outscored by combined totals of 183-64. Ironically, the immediate predecessor to Coach Carson and former head coach of the Cleveland Browns Marty Schottenheimer led his Kansas City Chiefs to an 11-5 won-loss record and a wild card playoff appearance in the 1990 NFL season. Adding more insult to injury, the Chiefs defeated the Browns 34-0 in Week Four. Carson returned for successful stints as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (his 1991 crew pulled the rare feat of being ranked #1 versus the pass, #1 versus the rush, and #1 overall) and Rams — by then in St. Louis — before retiring in 1997 due to health concerns.


Carson, a long-time smoker, died in 2005 of emphysema.[2] He was married to Linda Carson, an anchorwoman at WDAF in Kansas City, and Sarasota television station WWSB. His daughter Cathi Carson is the sports reporter at two Jacksonville stations in Jacksonville WJAX-TV and WFOX-TV and was formerly a reporter at WWSB. He also had a son, Cliff, and another daughter, Dana, as well as a stepson, Gary Ford. His brother, Gib Carson, is currently owner of Gib Carson Associates, which specializes in manufactured gifts.


  1. ^ Bud Carson Plugs the Dike
  2. ^ "Ex-NFL Coach Bud Carson Dies at 75". Associated Press (Forbes). 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2007-08-10. [dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Grossi, Tony (2004). Tales from the Browns Sideline. (Champaign, Ill.): Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-713-9
  • Carroll, Bob, et al. (1999). Total Football II. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-270174-6.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
George Perles
Preceded by
Chuck Weber
Baltimore Colts Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
George Hill (vacant until 1985)
Preceded by
Rod Rust
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dan Daniel
Preceded by
Walt Corey
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs Coach
Succeeded by
Doug Graber
Preceded by
Joe Gardi
New York Jets Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ralph Hawkins
Preceded by
Jeff Fisher
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Emmitt Thomas

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Steelers Depot

Steelers Depot
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:31:28 -0700

Dungy learned his 4-3, Cover 2 defense from Bud Carson and Chuck Noll during the Steelers' dynasty in the 1970s. Carson is often referred to as the creator of the Cover 2, though you can go back even farther. Blanton Collier, head coach Cleveland ...
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:37:30 -0700

#Therefore, Norris, the outstanding high school quarterback who had high hopes of playing for Bobby Dodd and becoming Georgia Tech's next great quarterback, found himself suiting up for Dodd's successor, Bud Carson, a hard-nosed, defensive-minded ...

The Albany Herald

The Albany Herald
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:03:31 -0700

#Therefore, Norris, the outstanding high school quarterback who had high hopes of playing for Bobby Dodd and becoming Georgia Tech's next great quarterback, found himself suiting up for Dodd's successor, Bud Carson, a hard-nosed, defensive-minded ...

Bryan County News

Bryan County News
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:45:00 -0700

Therefore, Norris, the outstanding high-school quarterback who had high hopes of playing for Dodd and becoming Georgia Tech's next great quarterback, found himself suiting up for Dodd's successor, Bud Carson, a hard-nosed, defensive-minded coach who ...

Beach Reporter

Beach Reporter
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:49:40 -0700

Then he'd get on his surfboard and ride some waves—it had to be at least three good ones–from 6:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. Then it was off to work as the principal at Bud Carson Middle School in Hawthorne. Four years later, he finally decided the streak ...

Notre Dame Official Athletic Site

Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 18:04:52 -0700

"Lou Holtz, Barry Alvarez, Foge Fazio, Chuck Knox, Bud Carson, Dick Vermeil, the list goes on. I've been coached by Hall of Fame coaches. To pass on the knowledge I learned from them is very easy. I was a great student of the game and I listened.
Youngstown Vindicator
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:30:00 -0700

Mike Ditka's Chicago Bears beat Bud Carson's Cleveland Browns 13-0 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton. Among those inducted into the Hall of Fame were Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Lambert and Franco Harris. 1975: Alberta Ceryak, 64, ...

Steelers Depot

Steelers Depot
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0700

“It was more designed to take away a lot of those elements and it goes to back to Bud Carson. So it's nothing new, just like the West Coast offense is nothing new, that's been around since Blanton Collier and Coach Shula, and Coach Walsh learned a lot ...

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