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Encyclopedia > Ray Rhodes
Raymond Rhodes
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Date of Birth October 20, 1950
Birthplace Mexia, Texas
Date of Death {{{deathdate}}}
Current position Defensive Coordinator
Current Team Seattle Seahawks
Specialty {{{specialty}}}
Previous Team Denver Broncos
Super Bowl wins as a coach 3
Years as NFL Player 7
Years as a Coach 24
Years as an NFL coach 24
Years with Current Team 3
Win-Loss Ratio 31-33
Statistics Pro Football Reference
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Pro Football Hall of Fame, [[{{{HOF}}}]]

Raymond Earl Rhodes (born October 20, 1950, in Mexia, Texas) is the former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. He is the current defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa. October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Mexia (pronounced muh-hay-uh) is a city located in Limestone County, Texas. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ... City Seattle, Washington Other nicknames The Hawks Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976-present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Mexia (pronounced muh-hay-uh) is a city located in Limestone County, Texas. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921-present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... City Seattle, Washington Other nicknames The Hawks Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976-present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ...

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Playing years

Rhodes joined the NFL after being selected by the New York Giants in the 10th round of the NFL Draft. He spent his first three years in the NFL as a wide receiver, leading the NFC in catches before being switched to defensive back in 1977 and immediately won a starting job. In 1979, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for another future head coach, Tony Dungy. After two years with the 49ers, he retired. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, the Giants, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... 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 wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... NFC may refer to any of the following things: The National Football Conference, one of the two constituent conferences of the U.S. National Football League (NFL). ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 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 none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950-present... Tony Dungy Anthony Kevin Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is an American former professional football player and current head coach of the NFLs Indianapolis Colts. ...

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Assistant Coach Pt. 1

After retiring as a player, Rhodes decided to become a coach. He stayed with the 49ers as an assistant secondary coach before moving up to defensive backs coach. He won two Super Bowls with a group that included Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, and Dwight Hicks. After serving that position for many years, he was hired by former colleague Mike Holmgren to be the new defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. However, Rhodes and his family had trouble assimilating to a community that had very few African-Americans, and after two years Rhodes returned to San Francisco as the defensive coordinator of their 1994 Super Bowl Winning team. After that, he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as head coach. Secondary can mean: An ordinal adjective indicating Second or second hand, see Primary The secondary in American football refers to the group of (usually four) defensive backs. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Ronald Mandel Ronnie Lott (born May 8, 1959 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a former American football player who starred as a cornerback, free safety and strong safety in college football and the NFL. He is most well known for his hard hits on opposing players, perhaps the hardest hitter... There are several notable people named Eric Wright. ... Dwight Hicks (born in 1956) is a former professional American football player who played defensive back for the San Fransisco 49ers from 1979 to 1985, and for the Indianapolis Colts in 1986. ... Michael George Holmgren (born June 15, 1948 in San Francisco, California) is an NFL football coach, and was named as the sixth head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on January 8, 1999. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921-present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol...

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Head Coach

On February 2, 1995, five days after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX, Ray Rhodes was named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the third African-American head coach in NFL history behind Art Shell and Dennis Green. Rhodes gained notoriety for his no-nonsense approach and unusual ways of motivating his players. One such tactic was an analogy that compared losing a home game to burglars breaking into a man's house and raping his wife. February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Date January 29, 1995 Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Steve Young, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 18½ National anthem Kathie Lee Gifford Coin toss Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, and Gale Sayers Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine Attendance... Arthur Art Shell (born November 26, 1946 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA) is a former American football player in the National Football League (NFL) and current head coach of the Oakland Raiders, this being the second time he has coached the NFL franchise. ... Dennis Denny Green (b. ...


In Rhodes's first season, he was named NFL Coach of the Year as the Eagles overcame a 1-3 start to finish 10-6 and qualify for the playoffs as a wild card. Despite playing the first round game at home, the Eagles were an underdog to the Detroit Lions, whose starting left tackle, Lomas Brown, guaranteed an easy win. Using this perceived lack of respect as a rallying cry, Philadelphia dismantled Detroit, 58-37, at one point leading the game by a 51-7 score. Rhodes said after the victory that the only things guaranteed in life are "death and taxes." Though the Eagles were eliminated by the Dallas Cowboys the following week, the 1995 season was considered an enormous success. City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Lomas Brown (born May 30, 1963 in Miami, Florida) is a former offensive tackle for the National Football League. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors White, Royal, Navy, Metallic Silver-Green Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960-present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division (1967...


In 1996, the Eagles again finished 10-6, but struggled down the stretch after an impressive 7-2 start. Once again, Philadelphia reached the playoffs as a wild card, traveling to San Francisco to face the 49ers, Rhodes's former team. At a rain-soaked 3com Park, the Eagles, who boasted the top-ranked offense in the NFC during the regular season, were shut out, 14-0. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Monster Park (colloquially, The Stick or Candlestick, after its original name of Candlestick Park) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in San Francisco, California. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ...


During training camp in 1997, Rhodes remarked that season's Eagles team was his most talented one to date. Despite the optimism, Philadelphia started 1-3, and never quite recovered, stumbling to a disappointing 6-9-1 record, including an 0-7-1 mark on the road. As the team struggled through the season, it was widely speculated that players had grown weary of Rhodes's fiery approach and were tuning him out. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 1998 season proved to be a disaster. A listless Eagles team finished 3-13, setting a franchise record for losses in a season. For the second straight season, Philadelphia did not win a road game, going 0-8 away from home. The offense, which ranked first in the NFC two years earlier, finished dead last in the NFL. The Eagles were shut out three times and scored only 161 total points. On December 28, one day after the season's final game, Rhodes was fired as Philadelphia's head coach. In four seasons as the Eagles' head coach, Rhodes complied a 29-34-1 record in the regular season, 1-2 in the playoffs. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ...


Rhodes was not out of work for long. The Green Bay Packers were looking for a new coach after Mike Holmgren had left to become head coach and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks. Green Bay GM Ron Wolf was a fan of Rhodes's coaching style. On January 11, 1999, Rhodes was hired to coach the Packers after being the only candidate to interview for the position. Michael George Holmgren (born June 15, 1948 in San Francisco, California) is an NFL football coach, and was named as the sixth head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on January 8, 1999. ... City Seattle, Washington Other nicknames The Hawks Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976-present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... Ron Wolf is the former American football general manager (GM) of the NFLs Green Bay Packers. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Rhodes's tenure as Green Bay's head coach lasted only one season. The Packers finished a disappointing 8-8, their only non-winning season between 1992 and 2004. Green Bay missed the playoffs for the first time since 1992 based on a complicated tiebreaker system (Detroit and Dallas reached the playoffs with 8-8 records, while Green Bay and the Carolina Panthers did not). On January 3, 2000, Rhodes was fired by the Packers, and subsequently replaced by Mike Sherman. City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995-present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Michael Francis Sherman (born December 19, 1954 in Norwood, Massachusetts) is an American football coach and administrator who was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. A position he held from the 2000 season to the 2005 season. ...

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Assistant Coach Pt. 2

Following his dismissal from Green Bay, Rhodes took over as the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins and then the Denver Broncos. After the 2002 season, Rhodes was reunited with Holmgren when he became the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, where he has remained ever since. City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... City Seattle, Washington Other nicknames The Hawks Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976-present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976...


In September 2005, Rhodes was hospitalized for dizziness and tests later revealed that he had suffered from a mild stroke. [1] 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by occlusion (an ischemic stroke- approximately 90% of strokes), by hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke - less than 10% of strokes) or other causes. ...


Early Monday October 2, 2006, the Seahawks charter flight had to make an emergency landing in Rapid City, South Dakota to get precautionary medical care for Rhodes. The Seahawks were flying home from a loss at the Chicago Bears. [2] Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... City Chicago Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football League...

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Sources

Preceded by:
Mike Holmgren
Green Bay Packers Head Coaches
1999
Succeeded by:
Mike Sherman
Preceded by:
Richie Kotite
Philadelphia Eagles Head Coaches
1995–1998
Succeeded by:
Andy Reid
Philadelphia Eagles Head Coaches
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