Ron Erhardt, the man responsible for the Giants' offensive "smashmouth" style that won them two Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990, has passed away at the age of 80.
Erhardt was the head coach of the New England Patriots in the late 1970's-early 80's where he held his confidence in a young defensive coach by the name of Bill Parcells.
When Parcells became head coach of the Giants in 1983, he put his trust in Erhardt, retaining him as the offensive coordinator. It paid off handsomely the for the next eight seasons as the Giants became a perennial NFC power.
Erhardt left the club in 1992, released along with TE coach Mike Pope by then clueless head coach Ray Handley. From there, he went on to coach in Pittsburgh and with the Jets before retiring in 1998.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin coached with Erhardt on the Giants' staff from 1988-90. He spoke about his old friend on the team's website today:
“I enjoyed Ron and his personality,” Coughlin said. “Ron had a lot of fun, let’s put it that way. He was a (kidder). He enjoyed it and everyone enjoyed it with him. He had one of those cantankerous laughs. I remember in the offseason the coaches would be running and lifting before the start of the offseason program. Ron would be hitting golf balls into a net down in the stadium. He wasn’t about to do any of that running and lifting stuff.”
“In ’88 we got knocked out (of the playoffs), in ’89 we were in it and got beat in the playoffs and in ’90 we won it all. It was a great experience. When I left to go to Boston College to be the head coach (after Super Bowl XXV) I had a real nice personal sendoff by Ron and that was something I’ll always remember.”