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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)
1967–1971

1972

19731977

19781981

1982

1983

19851988

19891990

19911994

1997
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
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

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.

Player[edit]

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

Coach[edit]

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]

NFL[edit]

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.

Family[edit]

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 WTEV and WAWS 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.

References[edit]

  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
1973-1977
Succeeded by
George Perles
Preceded by
Chuck Weber
Baltimore Colts Defensive Coordinator
1982
Succeeded by
George Hill (vacant until 1985)
Preceded by
Rod Rust
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
1983
Succeeded by
Dan Daniel
Preceded by
Walt Corey
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs Coach
1983
Succeeded by
Doug Graber
Preceded by
Joe Gardi
New York Jets Defensive Coordinator
1985–1988
Succeeded by
Ralph Hawkins
Preceded by
Jeff Fisher
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator
1991–1994
Succeeded by
Emmitt Thomas

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6 news items

 
Behind the Steel Curtain
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:56 -0700

Dick LeBeau's defenses are direct descendants of schemes dreamed up and executed by Chuck Noll and Bud Carson. Noll also chose athleticism, speed, and quickness over size and brute strength. His offensive linemen were often considered undersized, ...
 
Bleeding Green Nation
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:51:45 -0700

Dave: Yes on Seth Joyner, I don't think you can go wrong taking the Buddy Ryan/Bud Carson defenses as the base and just upgrading here and there. And it's hard to top Joyner, his 1991 season saw him named Sports Illustrated's Player of the Year and was ...
 
WWSB ABC 7
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:59:18 -0700

Carson was married to Bud Carson, a well-known and highly regarded football coach who held posts with the Pittsburgh Steelers, L.A. Rams and Georgia Tech. She is involved with numerous community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of ...
 
ESPN (blog)
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:52:30 -0700

This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in team history. The previous two featured were Lou Groza's kick to win the NFL title in the Browns' first season in the league, and Gary Collins' post pattern reception in the 1964 NFL ...
 
The Tribune-Democrat
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:10:56 -0700

Joe Popp coached under Bud Carson with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL as well as holding coaching positions with college programs such as Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina and Wake Forest. He died in July 2012. 1. Text Only | Photo Reprints.

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:31:55 -0700

We have a winner. The voters picked Earnest Byner's fumble at the goal line against the Broncos in the 1987 AFC title game as the Browns' most memorable play. I respect the selection, but also respectfully disagree. Gary Collins' touchdown reception ...
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