View Full Version : R.I.P. Bill Walsh

07-30-2007, 02:02 PM
I was fortunate enough to live in the Bay Area through the Montana, then the Steve Young era....the NFL's most exciting team in those days...and it all came about through the coaching genius of Bill Walsh.

07-30-2007, 03:36 PM
Amen. Walsh was a genius.

07-30-2007, 04:35 PM
The football world definitely lost a great one today. My prayers go out to his family.

07-31-2007, 04:18 PM
And as if he didn't do enough by simply changing the way people think about offensive strategy (which BTW would be enough in itself), he did so much more off the field itself. I was a huge niners fan while he was there, and only in this last day have I learned of so many things he did that have helped players, coaches, and fans that will continue long into the future of the game. Without going into too much detail, I'll just add what Goodell said:

"His Hall of Fame coaching accomplishments speak for themselves, but the essence of Bill Walsh was that he was an extraordinary teacher. If you gave him a blackboard and a piece of chalk, he would become a whirlwind of wisdom. He taught all of us not only about football but also about life and how it takes teamwork for any of us to succeed as individuals. He helped the league on many important initiatives, from improving opportunities for minorities in coaching and the front office to our executive training and international development programs. Bill Walsh was a mentor to me and many others. He revolutionized the game with his "West Coast Offense" and will always be remembered as one of the most influential people in NFL history. "