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George Dyer

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
22 185-159-0 53.78% 10-6 62.50%


George Dyer was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1982 until 2003, finishing his career with the Detroit Lions as their defensive line coach. Over his twenty-two years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative record of 185-159-0.

College Coaching Career

Prior to his coaching career, Dyer played center and linebacker for UC Santa Barbra from 1960-1963. In 1961, Dyer was named a team co-captain for his team. Upon graduation, Dyer began coaching at Humboldt State as an assistant coach. In 1964, the team would achieve an 8-2 record. However, the team would regress each year Dyer was there, going 6-4 in 1965 and 4-6 in 1966. After the season, Dyer would leave Humboldt State and take the head coaching position at Coalinga Junior College. Dyer would only have this job for one season in which the entire team was inducted into the school Hall of Fame. After his one season as a head coach, Dyer would become the Defensive Coordinator at Portland State. During his four seasons at Portland State (68-71) the team put together the best four-year run in school history, going 20-19 over the time span. The 1969 and 1970 teams would be the first ever teams to post back-to-back winning records. After his time at Portland State, Dyer would join Idaho State for one season as an assistant coach, helping the team to a 7-3 record. After his time at Idaho State, he would join Darryl Rogers as an assistant coach for San Jose State University. San Jose would finish 5-4-2, finishing 2nd in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

First Professional Coaching Stint

After his stint with San Jose State, Dyer would have his first foray into professional coaching with his position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with the CFL. Bud Riley would hire him as an assistant coach, but the team would not have much success during his three years in Winnipeg. The team would post just one winning season (1976) during his stint with the team. After the 1976 season, Dyer would return to college coaching.

Return to College

In 1977, Dyer would return to college with Michigan State. He would be reunited with Darryl Rogers as his defensive coordinator. With Dyer’s help on defense, the team would improve three games between 1976 and 1977. The improvement would continue as the team would go 8-3 and win a share of the Big Ten title. The success would be short-lived as the team would stumble to a 5-6 record. After Michigan State, Dyer would move to Arizona State with Rogers. Again, the tandem of Rogers and Dyer would lead to instant improvement of a team. Even though the team was placed on probation by the Pac-10, the team would still finish 7-4, a three game improvement over the previous season. In 1981, the team would finish ranked #16 in the nation. The defense was led by All-American Mike Richardson (DB) and the team would finish 2nd in the conference.

Return to Professional Football

For one season, (1982), Dyer would coach the Buffalo Bills as the defensive line coach. The Bills would miss the playoffs in the strike shortened season by one game, but Dyer would coach two players, Fred Smerlas and Ben Williams, to All-Pro Honors (First and Second team, respectively). In 1983, Dyer would follow Coach Chuck Knox to Seattle as the defensive line coach. Their success was immediate as the Seahawks would lose to the Raiders in the AFC Conference championship game. 1984 would have similar success as the team would go 12-4, but lose in the second round of the playoffs. The 1984 season would remain the most successful season for the Seahawks during Dyer’s tenure, never winning as many games and only advancing to the playoffs twice more (1987, 1988). After the 1991 season, Dyer would again follow Chuck Knox to a new team. In 1992, Knox and Dyer would coach the Los Angeles Rams, with Dyer serving as both the Defensive Coordinator and the Defensive Line coach. They could not replicate the success of Seattle, as they would finish last in the division each of Dyer’s seasons. In Dyer’s first season, 1992, the defense was ranked near the bottom of many defensive stats as he was unable to get results from the players. After 13 consecutive seasons of working under Knox, Dyer would take a job with the Denver Broncos as the Defensive Line coach for new head coach Mike Shanahan. During Dyer’s time in Denver, the Broncos would experience great success, both individually and as a team. The team would win two Super Bowls (1997, 1998), Terrell Davis would rush for 2,008 (1998), and Jason Elam would tie the record for longest field goal (63 yards, 1998). However, after the 1998 Super Bowl victory, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway would retire and the team would struggle to remain competitive. In Dyer’s last three seasons with the team, they would only make one playoff appearance (2000). In 2002, Shanahan would promote Dyer to Assistant to Head Coach as Jacob Burney would take over the defensive line. Dyer would coach one more season in the NFL, 2003 with the Detroit Lions, but the team would finish last in the NFC North. After taking many years off, Dyer would reemerge in the CFL as the Defensive Line coach for the Toronto Argonaut in 2010. In his first season, he helped defensive tackle Kevin Huntley be recognized as a CFL All-Star as he led the team with 9 sacks. The Argonauts would struggle in 2011, finishing 6-12 and missing the playoffs. With the poor season, most of the coaching staff would not return for the 2012 season.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2003 Defensive Line Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2002 Assistant to the Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2001 Defensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2000 Defensive Line Coach 11-5-0 0-1
1999 Defensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1998 Defensive Line Coach 14-2-0 3-0
1997 Defensive Line Coach 12-4-0 4-0
1996 Defensive Line Coach 13-3-0 0-1
1995 Defensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1994 Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach 4-12-0 0-0
1993 Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach 5-11-0 0-0
1992 Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1991 Defensive Line Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1990 Defensive Line Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1989 Defensive Line Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1988 Defensive Line Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1987 Defensive Line Coach 9-6-0 0-1
1986 Defensive Line Coach 10-6-0 0-0
1985 Defensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1984 Defensive Line Coach 12-4-0 1-1
1983 Defensive Line Coach 9-7-0 2-1
1982 Defensive Line Coach 4-5-0 0-0

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