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Former 49er head coach Bill Walsh dies
S. F. Chronicle ^ | Monday, July 30, 2007 | Tom FitzGerald, Chronicle Staff Writer

Posted on 07/30/2007 12:02:01 PM PDT by Doomonyou

(07-30) 11:50 PDT -- 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.

A master of using short, precisely timed passes to control the ball in what became known as the West Coast offense, he guided the team to three Super Bowl championships and six NFC West division titles in his 10 years as head coach.

The 49ers had been wrecked by mismanagement and unwise personnel decisions under former general manager Joe Thomas when owner Ed DeBartolo Jr. cleaned house in 1979. Walsh, who had led Stanford to two bowl victories in two seasons as head coach, took a 49ers team that had finished 2-14 in 1978 and built a Super Bowl champion in just three years. It was one of the most remarkable turnarounds in professional sports history.

His teams would win two more Super Bowls (following the 1984 and 1988 seasons) before he turned the team over to George Seifert, who directed the 49ers to two more championships ('89 and '94). Walsh set the foundation for an unprecedented streak in the NFL of 16 consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins.

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RIP.
1 posted on 07/30/2007 12:02:08 PM PDT by Doomonyou
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To: Doomonyou

The man was all class. Rest in peace, Coach!


2 posted on 07/30/2007 12:03:04 PM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Doomonyou

OMG. He was an NFL genius. Was he sick? Wow... I am crushed. The Niners are one of my favs, and Walsh basically made that team what it was in the 80s/90s.


3 posted on 07/30/2007 12:03:34 PM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: rintense
He had Leukemia I believe, but didn't make a big deal about it.
4 posted on 07/30/2007 12:04:52 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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Even this COWBOY fan must pause to give respect to a great man who coached a team I truly despised.

Walsh was an offensive genius. He was so far ahead of the other coaches of his era. It truly gave the 49ers an unfair advantage over other teams.

RIP, Coach Walsh.

5 posted on 07/30/2007 12:05:49 PM PDT by boss man
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To: Doomonyou

OH Man Barry Manlow coach died?

BTW I think he suffering from leukamaia I THINK


6 posted on 07/30/2007 12:06:34 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Doomonyou

RIP.


7 posted on 07/30/2007 12:06:51 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Doomonyou
He had Leukemia I believe, but didn't make a big deal about it.

Same disease that claimed Coach Landry. No doubt the two of them are together talking about "The Catch."

8 posted on 07/30/2007 12:08:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Doomonyou

A great and classy coach. Football will miss this man, and so will I.


9 posted on 07/30/2007 12:09:06 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Doomonyou

That guy was a great one. But as a suffering Rams fan I sure didn’t like him at the time.

RIP


10 posted on 07/30/2007 12:10:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: boss man

Walsh and Landry. They don’t make coaches like that anymore. End of an era.


11 posted on 07/30/2007 12:10:37 PM PDT by Shaun_MD ("Republic of Texas")
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To: rintense

Pretty sure he had been diagnosed with leukemia in late 2006. His family history is tragic - son also dead of leukemia and a wife disabled by Parkinson’s I believe.


12 posted on 07/30/2007 12:11:16 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: boss man

He had a profound influence over the offensive philosophy of the game.


13 posted on 07/30/2007 12:11:18 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: dfwgator; boss man
Same disease that claimed Coach Landry. No doubt the two of them are together talking about "The Catch."

Both Class acts. Will be missed.

14 posted on 07/30/2007 12:12:15 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: boss man
Walsh was an offensive genius. He was so far ahead of the other coaches of his era. It truly gave the 49ers an unfair advantage over other teams.

And he as an extensive coaching legacy: Dennis Green, Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid, Brian Billick, to name just a few.....

15 posted on 07/30/2007 12:12:55 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: boss man
Walsh was an offensive genius. He was so far ahead of the other coaches of his era. It truly gave the 49ers an unfair advantage over other teams.

And he has an extensive coaching legacy: Dennis Green, Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid, Brian Billick, to name just a few.....

16 posted on 07/30/2007 12:13:12 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Doomonyou

Walsh is obviously a legendary NFL coach, a total gentleman beyond. Coached a friend’s 2 sons at Stanford, who would not speak more highly of him. May he rest in peace and his family find comfort in the life they shared together.


17 posted on 07/30/2007 12:14:46 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Doomonyou

RIP Coach Walsh.

18 posted on 07/30/2007 12:15:19 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Doomonyou
Great coach.

Great life.

Great man.

19 posted on 07/30/2007 12:16:02 PM PDT by llevrok (I voted for George Bush - not Jorge Arbusto.)
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To: Doomonyou

As a Niner Fan, he has been missed for a long time. One of the true Innoventors of the game. Joe Montana, Rice, Taylor and Clark were unstoppable under his offense.

Prayers for comfort and strength for his family and friends.

Pray for W and Our Troops


20 posted on 07/30/2007 12:16:02 PM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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To: Doomonyou

Walsh was truly one of the greats. Take it to the house coach!


21 posted on 07/30/2007 12:18:03 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Stick to talking about your own candidate. We’re smart enough to figure out the rest on our own.)
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To: Doomonyou

My Bengals made the mistake of not making Bill Walsh coach, and he beat us twice in the Super Bowl.

I loved the guy - except for those two days. He changed the NFL dramatically.

Rest in Peace, Bill.

And thank you.


22 posted on 07/30/2007 12:18:15 PM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Doomonyou

Wow! That sucks. He was a great guy and a great coach. He will always be remembered.


23 posted on 07/30/2007 12:19:18 PM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: Doomonyou

Oh wow..


24 posted on 07/30/2007 12:19:45 PM PDT by Dog ("Nothing important happened today." - from the diary of England’s King George III, July 4, 1776)
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To: Doomonyou

I loved that guy and his team. Class act all the way. RIP and prayers for his family.


25 posted on 07/30/2007 12:19:49 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MittReport.com)
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To: Doomonyou

He was a class act and one of the best ever.


26 posted on 07/30/2007 12:20:24 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Doomonyou

A really great coach. May God be with him and his family and friends.


27 posted on 07/30/2007 12:20:39 PM PDT by scory
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To: Doomonyou

Bill Walsh is a legend - for all the right reasons.

Rest in Peace, Coach Walsh.


28 posted on 07/30/2007 12:22:12 PM PDT by DangerDanger
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To: Doomonyou

RIP. Walsh was already a legend 20 years ago.

No doubt Bill’s already planning strategy for the big showdown between the Good Guys and Satan’s minions.


29 posted on 07/30/2007 12:22:14 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: Doomonyou

A true gentleman and one helluva coach.


30 posted on 07/30/2007 12:22:27 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: dfwgator

31 posted on 07/30/2007 12:25:26 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Rummyfan

32 posted on 07/30/2007 12:26:59 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: All

Truly a great coach who will be missed. He changed football, for sure

Condolences to his family and friends


33 posted on 07/30/2007 12:31:44 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Colt Brennan For Heisman)
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To: Doomonyou

Great pic of “The Catch”. Have never seen that angle.


34 posted on 07/30/2007 12:32:59 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: Doomonyou

RIP Coach


35 posted on 07/30/2007 12:33:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: Doomonyou

Brilliant, classy...RIP coach.


36 posted on 07/30/2007 12:34:11 PM PDT by BJClinton (Vick’s only hope now is an all-cat jury. ~BlazingArizona)
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San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh is hoisted on the shoulders of his team after they defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX in this Jan. 20, 1985 file photo, at Stanford, Stadium, in Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford University has said that Walsh, a Hall of Fame football coach who guided the 49ers to three Super Bowl titles, has died after a long battle with leukemia. (AP Photo/File)


38 posted on 07/30/2007 12:35:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: Doomonyou

Oh, no! I hate to hear that Coach Walsh has died. He provided a lot of good, enjoyable, and exciting football viewing memories for us. We loved him at our house.

God bless and comfort his wife and their family.


39 posted on 07/30/2007 12:35:45 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Rummyfan

Walsh was an offensive genius. He was so far ahead of the other coaches of his era. It truly gave the 49ers an unfair advantage over other teams. And possibly the “leg-whip”.


40 posted on 07/30/2007 12:35:47 PM PDT by Squat (Deport the illegals now! Turn Home Depot's into the prisons to hold the illegals!.)
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To: Doomonyou
Ah, the memories:
The Catch
41 posted on 07/30/2007 12:35:59 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MittReport.com)
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And possibly the “leg-whip”.

He passed that one on to Shanahan in Denver.

42 posted on 07/30/2007 12:37:33 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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If you haven’t seen this yet.


43 posted on 07/30/2007 12:37:54 PM PDT by BJClinton (Vick’s only hope now is an all-cat jury. ~BlazingArizona)
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To: Rummyfan

Bill Walsh not only revolutionized the game & made it what it is today, but he also knew how to (a) utilize existing talent & (b) pick new players. I refer, of course, to his realization of how to incorporate Joe M into the W/C offense, and his choice of Jerry R from a small college in Miss.


44 posted on 07/30/2007 12:42:35 PM PDT by Chuck Dent
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To: rfp1234
No doubt Bill’s already planning strategy for the big showdown between the Good Guys and Satan’s minions.

Walsh's Good Guys 27, Satan's minions 0.

45 posted on 07/30/2007 12:43:48 PM PDT by dearolddad
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To: Doomonyou
A great coach and a true innovator. As a 49er fan, he brought me a lot of happiness and joy.
46 posted on 07/30/2007 12:44:14 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Doomonyou
Now,now. Cut blocking is perfectly legal in the NFL :)

Bill Walsh wasn't just an offensive genius and evaluator of talent. He really invented the way to run a modern NFL franchise, and that is something Shanny really did take from him, as did many others.

RIP coach.

47 posted on 07/30/2007 12:48:31 PM PDT by free me (Enforce the borders, then we'll talk...)
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Some NFL analyst did this clever “geneology” of current head coaches vis-a-vis offensive styles. It came down to something like three patriarchs, Walsh being one of them.

RIP, Coach. He would dig my Seahawks.


48 posted on 07/30/2007 12:48:54 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Jeremiah 2:14-22)
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Walsh’s legacy of NFL coaches is astounding.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaching_tree


49 posted on 07/30/2007 12:51:05 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: free me
Now,now. Cut blocking is perfectly legal in the NFL :)

Hey, I'm not complaining! Just stating a fact!

50 posted on 07/30/2007 12:56:33 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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