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Encyclopedia > Monte Clark

Monte Clark (born January 24, 1937) was a former football player and coach who served as head coach for two National Football League teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Scot McCloughan Fight song None Mascot Sourdough Sam Local radio Flagship stations: KNBR (680 AM & 1050 AM) and KSAN (107. ... City Detroit, Michigan Other nicknames None Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


Clark played collegiately for three years at the University of Southern California. In 1958, he was named a captain of the squad, playing on both sides of the line with future Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Mix. The University of Southern California (also known as USC, SC, Southern California and Southern Cal), Californias oldest private research university, is located in the urban center of Los Angeles, California. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... Ronald Jack Mix was born on March 10, 1938, in Los Angeles, California. ...


Clark was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the 49ers on December 1, 1958. After three years of playing both offense and defense, primarily at defensive tackle, Clark was traded to the Dallas Cowboys on September 10, 1962. For the rest of his career, he would only see action as an offensive tackle. The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ...


Following one year in the Lone Star state, Clark was traded to the Cleveland Browns on April 30, 1963. However, in the first exhibition game with his new team on August 10, Clark suffered a knee injury which never fully recovered during the course of the campaign. City Cleveland, Ohio Other nicknames None Team colors Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Fight song None Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper Local radio Flagship stations: WMMS (100. ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining, as the last day in April. ... Template:C20YearInnTopic 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Clark would remain behind starter John Brown as the 1964 NFL season began, but when Brown suffered a knee injury of his own at midseason, Clark moved back into the lineup and held the position for the next five years. In that year's NFL Championship game against the Baltimore Colts, Clark put his talents on display as he neutralized Colts' defensive end and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti. The end result was a stunning 27-0 Browns victory. The 1964 NFL season was the 45th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames None Team colors Royal Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Fight song None Mascot Spike and Spirit Local radio Flagship stations: WFBQ (94. ... Gino John Marchetti (born January 2, 1927 in Smithers, West Virginia) is a former NFL Defensive End who played from 1952 - 1964 and 1966 for the Dallas Texans and the Baltimore Colts. ...


Another solid season by Clark the following year saw the Browns once again reach the NFL title game. However, his 1966 season was disrupted when he suffered a torn bicep muscle late in the year, an injury that forced off-season surgery. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


After Clark announced his retirement, he was hired as the Miami Dolphins' offensive line coach on April 8, 1970, working under their new mentor, Don Shula. Clark's timing proved excellent when Shula helped transform the moribund franchise into a dynasty. During the final two years of his tenure, Clark served as the team's offensive coordinator. April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Shula was the 1993 Sportsman of the Year Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is an American former professional football coach in the National Football League. ...


During those six years of success, Clark was under consideration by teams to become their head coach, including his old team, the Browns in 1975. However, his first head coaching opportunity would come one year later, when his original team, the 49ers, hired him on January 13, 1976, making him the league's youngest head coach at the time. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ...


As essentially the team's general manager, one of Clark's early moves was to acquire quarterback Jim Plunkett from the New England Patriots. He also put together a tough defensive line that had 30 sacks in the first six games of the 1976 NFL season. After winning six of the first seven games, the 49ers dropped a 23-20 overtime decision to the St. Louis Cardinals (football), a defeat that began a tailspin in which the team ended the year with an 8-6 record. Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Blue, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Scott Pioli Fight song None Mascot Pat Patriot Local radio Flagship stations: WBCN 104. ... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green Owner Bidwill Family General manager John Idzik Fight song None Mascot Big Red Local radio Flagship stations: KMVP (860 AM), KTAR (620 AM), and KMIA (710 AM)-Spanish Announcers: Kent Derdivanis and...


In March 1977, the 49ers' franchise was sold to Edward DeBartolo, Jr., and after Clark refused to give up his personnel duties to new general manager Joe Thomas, he was fired on April 6. After sitting out the 1977 NFL season, Clark found a new challenge when he was hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions on January 11, 1978. Look up March in Wiktionary, the free dictionary March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Joe, on the cover of his LP Better Days. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Detroit, Michigan Other nicknames None Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


Clark again had complete personnel control of a team, and finished with a 6-8 record in his first season. However, in 1979, a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Gary Danielson during the preseason left the Lions without and experienced signal caller and resulted in a disastrous 2-14 campaign. The one bright spot in that season was that Detroit selected first in the 1980 NFL draft, with the team picking Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims. The resurgent Lions improved by seven games that year, winning five of their first six games and capturing a share of the NFC Central Division title, but a late-season slide caused them to lose a tie-breaker with the Vikings and keep them out of the playoffs. This page refers to the year 1979. ... Gary Danielson is a retired American football quarterback. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football and is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back. ...


An 8-8 season in 1981 was followed by a 4-5 record in the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season. However, because of the expanded playoff system resulting from the strike, the Lions reached the postseason. Their appearance would be brief as they dropped a 31-7 opening round decision to the Washington Redskins, who went on to win Super Bowl XVII. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Joe Gibbs Fight song Hail to the Redskins Mascot None Local radio Flagship stations: WJFK 106. ... Date January 30, 1983 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP John Riggins, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 3 National Anthem Leslie Easterbrook Coin toss Elroy Hirsch Halftime show Bob Jani Productions presents KaleidoSUPERscope with the Los Angeles Super Drill Team Attendance 103,667 TV in the United States...


A slow start that saw the Lions win just one of their first five games in 1983 quickly changed when the Lions bounced back to capture the division title with a 9-7 record. As a huge underdog against the 49ers, the Lions nearly pulled off a major upset before losing 24-23. Detroit had led 23-17 with five minutes remaining, but San Francisco quickly took back the lead. In the closing seconds, Lions' kicker Eddie Murray, who had made a 54-yard field goal in the first half, missed a 43-yard attempt with 11 seconds to go, putting an end to Detroit's season. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Clark's final year saw the Lions collapse after a career-ending knee injury to Sims, finishing with a 4-11-1 mark. On December 19, 1984, the inevitable resulted when Clark was dismissed, a move that kept him out of football for the next five years until his return as Director of Player Personnel for the Dolphins in February 1990. Five years later, Clark was again hired as offensive line coach of the Dolphins, but the tenure lasted only one year after Shula was replaced by Jimmy Johnson. Out of football for two years, Clark resurfaced as an assistant at the University of California-Berkeley in 1998, but resigned at the conclusion of that season. December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up February in Wiktionary, the free dictionary February is the second month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

Preceded by:
Dick Nolan
San Francisco 49ers Head Coaches
1976
Succeeded by:
Ken Meyer
Preceded by:
Tommy Hudspeth
Detroit Lions Head Coaches
19781984
Succeeded by:
Darryl Rogers

 
 

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