Red Miller

Robert "Red" Miller (October 31, 1927 – September 27, 2017) was a professional football coach with the Denver Broncos. On May 4, 2017, it was announced that Miller would be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. He would be the only member of the 2017 class.

Red Miller
Personal information
Born:October 31, 1927
Macomb, Illinois
Died:September 27, 2017 (aged 89)
Denver, Colorado
Career history
As coach:

Early life and career

Miller was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois and attended Macomb Public Schools and Western Illinois University, where he was later a star player and coach for the Leathernecks football team. He began his coaching career at high schools in Astoria and Canton, Illinois, and at Carthage College.

Miller was an assistant coach with Lou Saban at Western Illinois in the late 1950s before joining Saban with the AFL's Boston Patriots in 1960. He also was an assistant with Buffalo (1962), Denver (1963–65), St. Louis (1966–70), Baltimore (1971–72) and New England (1973–76) before rejoining the Broncos as head coach.

Orange Crush coaching years (1977–1980)

Miller was named head coach of the Denver Broncos on January 31, 1977, replacing John Ralston.[1] Miller took a team led by linebackers Randy Gradishar, Bob Swenson, and Tom Jackson, cornerbacks Louis Wright and Bernard Jackson, safety Billy Thompson, and defensive end Lyle Alzado— mainstays of the Orange Crush Defense— and veteran quarterback Craig Morton (acquired via trade with the New York Giants) to a 12–2 regular season record and an AFC championship.[2] The Broncos then faced the Tom Landry-coached Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII but lost, 27–10.

The Broncos also would lose in an NFL AFC Divisional Playoff match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium on December 30, 1978, 33–10. They would also lose the next season to the Houston Oilers 13–7 in a classic NFL Wild Card Playoff match played in the Astrodome on December 23, 1979.

After posting an 8–8 record in 1980, and failing to return to the AFC playoffs, Miller was fired[2] by new owner Edgar Kaiser in the spring of 1981 and replaced with then Dallas Cowboy assistant and former NFL running back Dan Reeves.

Denver Gold (USFL)

In 1983 Miller became the first head coach of the Denver Gold of the USFL, but feuded bitterly with team owner Ron Blanding and was fired before the completion of the league's first season.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Broncos 1977 12 2 0 .857 1st in AFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to Cowboys in Super Bowl XII.
Broncos 1978 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
Broncos 1979 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Oilers in AFC Wild Card Game.
Broncos 1980 8 8 0 .500 4th in AFC West
Broncos Total 40 22 0 .645 2 3 .400
NFL Total 40 22 0 .645 2 3 .400

Death

Miller died on September 27, 2017, from complications due to a stroke.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Dick Kreck (2008-01-13). "Broncos' magic season comes alive in memories of its magnetic players". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  2. ^ a b Tim Lynch (2009-01-30). "MHR Bronco's History Lesson; Know Your Coaches". milehighreport.com. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  3. ^ "Red Miller, who coached Denver Broncos to 1st SB, dies". Espn.com. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2017-09-30.

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1977 Denver Broncos season

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1977 NFL season

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Bewildered

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List of Denver Broncos head coaches

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Orange Crush Defense

The Orange Crush Defense was the 3–4 defense of the Denver Broncos during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The team adopted the 3–4 defense during the 1976 season, and the nickname "Orange Crush" for the team's defense was popularized early in the 1977 season by sportswriter/broadcaster Woody Paige.

It was one of the top defenses of its time with linebackers Randy Gradishar and Tom Jackson, with Gradishar as a potential Pro Football Hall of Fame selection. Other key players were defensive linemen Paul Smith (a three-time Pro Bowl selection), Barney Chavous, Lyle Alzado, and Rubin Carter, linebackers Bob Swenson and Joe Rizzo, and defensive backs Billy Thompson and Louis Wright and Steve Foley and Bernard Jackson.

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Leo Alphonso "Red" Miller (February 11, 1897 – October 20, 1973) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Miller played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1923 season. In one career game, he had a 0-0 record with a 32.40 ERA. Miller allowed six runs on six hits, in 1.7 innings pitched. He batted and threw right-handed.

Miller was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in Orlando, Florida.

Red Miller (singer)

Red Miller (May 5, 1914, Atlanta, Georgia - October 13, 1987) was an American R&B singer, who had a # 1 R&B chart hit in 1948 with "Bewildered".

Few biographical details of Miller seem to be available. The record, on the Bullet label, featured Miller backed by Lloyd Glenn (piano), Tiny Webb (guitar), Ralph Hamilton (bass) and Robert Harvey (drums). It reached # 1 on the R&B chart in December 1948, and stayed there for five weeks, for some of that time tied with a version of the same song by Amos Milburn.

Miller later recorded with Tiny Bradshaw for King Records, and with Emmitt Slay for Savoy, but soon disappeared into obscurity.

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