This is the team statement on the loss of Bill Arnsparger:
“Bill Arnsparger was a seminal figure in Dolphins history. Along with Coach Shula and so many other great players and coaches, Bill played a pivotal role in establishing the Dolphins as one of the winningest teams in football and flagship franchises in professional sports. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones and friends during this difficult time.”
This is from our own resident historian OldDolphan, he made this post on Sunday:
WAS truly saddened by the passing of the greatest defensive coordinator of all time, Bill Arnsparger!! The Don of Miami said it best: “If there’s a Hall of Fame for assistant coaches, Arnsparger should be the first man in it!” “Arns” was a truly innovative coach. Kind of the Sid Gillman of defense. YOU folks who don’t know much about Gillman should Google his name and read the Wichipedia history of the greatest offensive innovator this side of Paul Brown. –Arnsparger ran defensive allignments like No ONE before him. Players who played for him said they had NEVER seen anything like it. And talk about PREPARATION, Arnsparger, whose nickname was “one more reel” (of game film) was the best prepared coach in NFL history. NO ONE STUDIED MORE GAME FILM!! His work ethic rivaled, and may have EXCEEDED, the work ethic of Don Shula!! And his dedication “caught on” with his players. He did NOT win because he had extraordinary talent. He won because his unit was THE BEST PREPARED UNIT IN PRO FOOTBALL, PERIOD!!! The Shula/Arsparger teams were the BEST prepared, BEST motivated and BEST CONDITONED teams of 1972 and 1973. Put that team in the insane asylum known as the historic Orange Bowl and you’ve got an unbeatable football team, LITERALLY!! –From 1971 to 1974 the Miami Dolphins won 34 CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES. – – I REPEAT, 34 CONSECUTIVE WINS IN THE HISTORIC ORANGE BOWL!!!!!
HOW GREAT WAS THAT???????????
Rest in peace, Bill Arnsparger. May your legend live forever!!
ONE MORE NOTE on the passing of the incomparable defensive mastermind, Bill Arnsparger.–His 1972 defense was a major part of the one and only PERFECT SEASON. –His 1973 defense WAS EVEN BETTER, giving up only 150 points for the entire regular season, a 10.7 points per game average which is STILL A RECORD in the Super Bowl era!! – – When Artnsparger left to accept the head coaching job with the Giants, Miami’s defense suffered. When he eventually returned, his “Killer B’s” defense took Miami to TWO MORE SUPER BOWLS!! –Indeed, Bill Arnsparger was Miami’s defensive coordinator FOR ALL 5 OF MIAMI’S SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES!!
Thank you OD
The “No Names” will always remember, God Speed Coach