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Robert Kraft mourns loss of former Patriots coach Ron Meyer

Ryan Hannable
December 06, 2017 - 12:00 pm

FOXBORO -- Former Patriots coach Ron Meyer recently passed away at the age of 76. 

“I am sad to hear of Ron Meyer’s passing,” Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He was a colorful head coach who was very entertaining for fans during his tenure. One of the greatest things Ron did when he was hired in 1982 was to bring us a young coach from his staff at Southern Methodist University named Dante Scarnecchia. Thirty-five years later, that hire has proven to be a lasting legacy. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Meyer family and the many friends who are mourning his loss.”

Meyer was named the eighth head coach of the Patriots on Jan. 15, 1982, and he served as head coach for two and a half seasons (1982-84). He came to New England after a six-year stint as head coach of Southern Methodist University.

The coach took over a Patriots team that finished with a league worst 2-14 record and led the team to a 5-4 record and the team’s first playoff appearance since 1978 in the strike-shortened 1982 season.

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