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Rich Kotite
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Football Coach
    (October 13, 1942- )
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Tight end for the New York Giants (1967, 1969-72) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1968)
    Tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints (1977)
    Wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns (1978-82) and the New York Jets (1983-84)
    Offensive coordinator for the New York Jets (1985-89) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1990)
    Head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (1991-94) and the New York Jets (1995-96)
    General manager for the New York Jets (1995-96)
    His success in his first two seasons with the Eagles was a result of working with the team assembled by Buddy Ryan.
    His draft record as the Eagles head coach was horrendous.
    He became reviled in Philadelphia after stating that going 8-8 in a season is great.
    He made a questionable play call by going for a two point conversion instead of a field goal on a wet field.
    When asked about his decision, he claimed that the rain smudged his clipboard and wasn't sure what play to call.
    He sealed his own fate in Philadelphia by sarcastically twisting incoming owner Jeffrey Lurie's words (namely, that a decision about whether to retain Kotite would not be made until the end of the season and that Lurie was keeping his options open until then) to his advantage in an interview.
    It backfired on him as the Eagles were 7-2 at the time, but lost all seven of their remaining games after his remarks were said.
    He went 4-28 in two seasons as the Jets head coach.
    He was extremely reviled in New York, to the point that Jets fans started calling him 'Rich Kotex.'
    He got the chance to be associated with both his hometown NFL football clubs, by playing for the Giants and coaching the Jets.
    He worked as a tight ends and wide receivers coach, before being promoted to offensive coordinator.
    He guided the Eagles to an 11 win season, despite losing Randall Cunningham to injury for the season on opening day (1991).
    He was considered a crafty offensive coordinator, who was not afraid to make a gutsy play when needed by football pundits.
    He worked for NFL Films in the years following his coaching career.

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