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Old 07-30-2007, 02:14 PM   #1
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Sad news...he was a class act and a great coach.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:21 PM   #2
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(Sorry - article is very long, this is just an excerpt)

Former 49er head coach Bill Walsh dies

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...G57LR8OK21.DTL

Bill Walsh, the imaginative and charismatic coach who took over a downtrodden 49ers team and built one of the greatest franchises in NFL history, has died at the age of 75 after a long struggle with leukemia, it was announced today.

R.I.P., Coach Walsh.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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Wow. Sad news.

Hate to see the great ones go...

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One of the true greatest offensive minds in Football history......

R.I.P. Bill Walsh
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RIP Bill. He was truely a class act for the game of football. He will be missed.
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Damn, this is sad news. RIP Walsh, we'll always remember you
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Default Re: Bill Walsh has passed away

Sad news - when he stepped down after the 1988 season I thought it showed his foresight in getting out on top but then saw an interview within the last year where he said he just needed some time to recharge and regretted not coaching at the pro level (he had a brief gig at Stanford in the early 90s) for several more years.

In terms of combined on the field success and the coaching tree that branched out from him, perhaps the greatest pro coach of the last 60 years along with Paul Brown (who actually held Walsh back when he was Brown's assistant in Cincinnati by bad mouthing him for HC jobs). Lombardi and Noll won more championships but neither had an impact on the game through their strategy and proteges that endured decades after their on the field successes.

Thank goodness for the late 70s Steelers that the Bengals hired Tiger Johnson over Walsh as head coach when Brown retired in 1976.
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Dang.. I seen that and said WTF.

He was a great coach and will be missed.
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How sad, RIP Bill Walsh. Prayers out to his family.
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My sympathies to the Walsh family and friends. he seemed to be a very good man.

(note to AD... I would argue that Noll's cover-2 was in the same ballpark as Walsh's west coast offense. However, that isn't to take away from him as a coach or a man. He is still one of, and always in the running as THE great greatest coach.)
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