On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 25 semifinalists for the 2019 class. First-ballot candidates include three no-brainer picks in Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed, and Champ Bailey. First-time semifinalists include Tom Flores and Zach Thomas.
Back in August, I predicted the 25 semifinalists and got 20 correct.
I predicted 20/25 HOF semifinalists for 2019.
1. I still think @ProFootballHOF needs to clarify how Don Coryell isn't eligible for senior pool as he last coached in 1986.
2. Sterling Sharpe & Mike Kenn will be senior eligible next year.
3. Zach Thomas' 1st semi finish. pic.twitter.com/t8UrUROML9
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) November 21, 2018
I still have yet to get an answer for how Don Coryell is eligible as a modern finalist rather than a senior nominee. He last coached in 1986, so his career has been over for more than 25 years. I think this is why Tom Flores got a boost this year. He last coached in 1994, so this is his 20th and final ballot before he goes into the senior pool. Coryell going into the senior pool where he belongs would make it a lot easier for him to get in.