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New York Giants Football Club
Steve Owen is one of football's greatest defensive coaches. Owen became the head coach of the New York Giants in 1931. He developed the "umbrella" defense to successfully shut down the pass. The formation became the basis for the modern-day "Zone" defense. Owen came up with many other coaching innovations including the A-Formation and the two platoon system. He stepped down as the Giants' head coach in 1953. His total record of 153-108-17 included eight division titles and NFL championships in 1934 and 1938.