Former Dolphins defensive guru Bill Arnsparger dies

Bill Arnsparger, the architect of the Miami Dolphins' "No-Name Defense" that won two Super Bowls, died Friday at age 88. "I was saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Arnsparger, who I thought was one of the greatest defensive coaches in football," former Dolphins coach Don Shula said in a statement. "He molded two championship units, the 'No-Names' and the 'Killer B's,' and was innovative in the way he used personnel. "He pioneered situational substitutions with the '53' defense that changed the way the game was played on that side of the ball. If there was a Hall of Fame for assistant coaches, he would be one of the very first inductees. Mary Anne and I want to extend our condolences to B.J. and the entire family." Arnsparger was the head coach at LSU from 1984 to 1986, leading the Tigers to two Southeastern Conference titles in three season before leaving to become Florida's athletic director. He completed his coaching career as the San Diego Chargers' defensive coordinator from 1992 to 1994. Before jumping to the NFL with Shula with the Baltimore Colts in 1964, Arnsparger was a college assistant at Miami of Ohio, his alma mater, and Ohio State, Kentucky and Tulane. With the Colts, Arnsparger coached the defensive line on teams that reached the 1964 NFL title game and 1969 Super Bowl. Arnsparger served in the Marines during World War II before attending college. Funeral services will be held in his hometown of Paris, Kentucky, where he was born in 1926. “Bill Arnsparger was a seminal figure in Dolphins history," the Dolphins said in a statement. "Along with Coach Shula and so many other great players and coaches, Bill played a pivotal role in establishing the Dolphins as one of the winningest teams in football and flagship franchises in professional sports. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones and friends during this difficult time.” Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun    
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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