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RIP Bill Walsh

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Left_Coast, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    ESPN News reporting it.
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Wasn't he coaching the 49ers as an assistant fairly recently?

    A legend, to say the least. Begin the RIP line ... now.
  3. Chef

    Chef Active Member

    RIP to a coaching genius.
  4. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Wow. What an innovator he was.
  5. AP now reporting it:

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh has died, Stanford University says.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    A true shame. Thoughts and prayers to his family. He changed NFL football forever. A Hall of Famer off the field and on. He made an astounding impact on the Bay Area, not only with the 49ers, but also through his efforts at San Jose State and Stanford. Walsh is a guy who deserves a stadium named after him.
  7. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

  8. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Wow. First Tom Snyder and now Bill Walsh.
  9. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Bill Walsh, the groundbreaking football coach who won three Super Bowls and perfected the ingenious schemes that became known as the West Coast offense during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 75.

    Walsh died early Monday following a long battle with leukemia, according to Stanford University, where he served as coach and athletic director.

    Walsh didn't become an NFL head coach until 47, and he spent just 10 seasons on the San Francisco sideline. But he left an indelible mark on the United States' most popular sport, building the once-woebegone 49ers into the most successful team of the 1980s with his innovative offensive strategies and teaching techniques.

    The soft-spoken native Californian also produced a legion of coaching disciples that's still growing today. Many of his former assistants went on to lead their own teams, handing down Walsh's methods and schemes to dozens more coaches in a tree with innumerable branches.

    Walsh went 102-63-1 with the 49ers, winning 10 of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles. He was named the NFL's coach of the year in 1981 and 1984.

    Few men did more to shape the look of football into the 21st century. His cerebral nature and often-brilliant stratagems earned him the nickname "The Genius" well before his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

    Walsh twice served as the 49ers' general manager, and George Seifert led San Francisco to two more Super Bowl titles after Walsh left the sideline. Walsh also coached Stanford during two terms over five seasons.

    Even a short list of Walsh's adherents is stunning. Seifert, Mike Holmgren, Dennis Green, Sam Wyche, Ray Rhodes and Bruce Coslet all became NFL head coaches after serving on Walsh's San Francisco staffs, and Tony Dungy played for him. Most of his former assistants passed on Walsh's structures and strategies to a new generation of coaches, including Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Brian Billick, Andy Reid, Pete Carroll, Gary Kubiak, Steve Mariucci and Jeff Fisher.

    Walsh created the Minority Coaching Fellowship program in 1987, helping minority coaches to get a foothold in a previously lily-white profession. Marvin Lewis and Tyrone Willingham are among the coaches who went through the program, later adopted as a league-wide initiative.

    He also helped to establish the World League of American Football _ what was NFL Europe _ in 1994, taking the sport around the globe as a development ground for the NFL.

    Walsh was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004.
  10. txscoop

    txscoop Member

    RIP Bill. A great guy.
  11. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    RIP to The Genius.

    As far as lasting innovations that changed the game, on-field performance, and sustained greatness both by his team and his system as used by his assistants, he has set the standard in the last 30 years.

    This really sucks. There was no NFL coach I as a football fan thought higher of.
  12. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member


    I think he was still a consultant at Stanford for athletics. Shame.

    His legacy, aside from his success, is the number of future head coaches he had as assistants.
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