Bill Walsh

American football coach Bill Walsh

William Ernest "Bill" Walsh was a head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal football team, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense. Walsh went 102–63–1 with the 49ers, winning ten of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles, three NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowls. He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1984. In 1993, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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30 July 2007
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Remembering Bill Walsh's Way With Words
NPR - 11 months
Language authority and Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh died Wednesday after a long career making other people's writing better. (Image credit: Courtesy of Jacqueline Dupree)
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High School Steroid Testing's Biggest Backer Now Has Regrets
Huffington Post - over 2 years
“You ever heard of the Whizzinator?” Don Hooton leans forward to grab his black-framed reading glasses and scoots his chair toward one of the three computer monitors on his desk. He clicks out of The Drudge Report, closes his Facebook page, and opens a new Google window. His light brown hair, graying mustache and slightly raspy voice could make him a convincing modern-day double for Lou Brown, the Indians’ manager in the “Major League” films. How to beat a steroid test, he types. He turns, pointing to the screen as if his point is self-evident. “514,000 results,” he says. Hooton, who for years was the nation's leading advocate of testing youth athletes for steroids, has testified about performance-enhancing drugs in front of Congress and state legislatures. Thirty Major League Baseball teams have players who work with his foundation. He's the man Alex Rodriguez apologized to when MLB suspended the Yankees slugger for using steroids. And in 2007, he was instrumental...
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PayPal Mafia beats Bill Walsh NFL coach network in SuperBowl gag
The Business Journals - about 4 years
It probably won't go anywhere near as viral as Scarlett Johannson's Sodastream ad, but a new infographic from the folks at HubSpot is an entertaining Super Bowl-themed stunt. It pits the PayPal Mafia vs. the Bill Walsh NFL Coaching Tree. The entrepreneurs and investors involved in launching and selling PayPal have since been involved in LinkedIn, Tesla, YouTube, Yelp, 500 Startups and more. Coaches who worked for Walsh at Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers went on to become some of the most…
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Welcome to the Lions Den, Coach Caldwell: Challenges Facing the Future Ex-Coach
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Today, the Lions announced their latest casualty -- Jim Caldwell. And one happy man, Ken Whisenhunt, is now in the employment of a far less-talented team but a far more talented owner. Whisenhunt was the chosen one. He was the reason we all were rooting for the Chargers to lose on Sunday to Peyton Manning. But as luck (and Lions lore) would have it, Peyton did win a rare playoff game -- but Kenny chose the Titans over working for his former teammate and current Lions GM, Martin Mayhew. Very wise choice, KW. No Lions coach has ever been a head coach after his tenure with this franchise. It's really an incredible run. Even the Bengals have been to the Super Bowl a few times. Even Tampa Bay and Seattle, who joined the NFL a hundred years after the Lions, have been there -- Tampa Bay even won. Fantasy Coaches and Curses The names have been batted around, of course. Jon Gruden is smart. Bill Cowher is crafty. Jimmy Johnson is a genius. Tony Dungy, who grew up a Lions fan ...
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What the NFL Can Learn From Four Decades of Research on Childhood Bullying
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Football bullies are in the news yet again. Allegations involving the Philadelphia Eagles arrived right on the heels of the Miami Dolphins scandal, and more are sure to surface. Football stars are among the nation's role models for youth. But it's time the NFL did some soul-searching on the kinds of behavior its stars are modeling. If the NFL would take a look at 40 years worth of research on bullying, it would learn that emotions matter in everyday lives. The way a person manages and expresses feelings can make or break their mental health, as well as the effectiveness of an entire team. Here's what studies have taught us: 1. What bullying is and is not. Bullying behavior is intentionally aggressive, repetitive, and born of a power imbalance in a relationship. It can happen between kids or between adults in the workplace. It can be verbal, physical, or virtual. Racial taunts count, à la Dolphins player Richie Incognito's alleged baiting of his teammate Jonathan Martin. Homophobic ...
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The Top 11 Coffee Roasters in the Nation, As Voted by Super-Serious Coffee Nerds
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The history of American coffee's broken down into three distinct waves: Folgers in your cup, Starbucks on your block (whose caffeine content is graphed here), and a new crop of artisan roasters building brands based on sustainability, quality, and really, really cute packaging. So to pick the crema (coffee term, not a typo) of the crop, we pulled together a cast of the nation's most notable coffee writers and shop owners to pick their 11 favorite roasters and tell us why they're so buzzed about them. The illustrious cast includes Bill Walsh (Pure Coffee Blog), Jordan Michelman (, Brian Jones (Dear Coffee I Love You), Kelly Stewart (Roast Magazine), Chris Cusack (Down House), Sean Henry (Houndstooth), Sarah Allen (Barista Magazine), Joshua McNeilly (Black Black Coffee), and Greg Martin (Urban Bean). Once the ballots had been cast, we tallied the votes (10 points for #1, 9 for #2...) and ranked the roasters to decide once and for all which brand is The Best Part Of Waki...
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Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Study: Breaking Down Basic Compression Concepts
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
While the focus of most of the football world has been on the transition of former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly to the NFL, there's another former collegiate head coach bringing offensive innovation to the professional game.  Former Nevada Wolfpack head coach and creator of the Pistol offense, Chris Ault, was hired as a consultant by the Kansas City Chiefs this past summer, and the results have been an interesting mix of Bill Walsh-era passing concepts and modern collegiate formations.  Chiefs fans have already noticed their team's offense in many new alignments this season—quarterback Alex Smith taking snaps out of the Pistol formation, some of the ever-so-trendy read-option plays and quite a few formations featuring all of the receivers in tight to the formation, "compressed" as it is often referred to. Compressed formations offer several distinct advantages.  Having the receivers "bunched" allows for instant picks, or "rub," routes to be run near the line of scrimmage i...
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2013 Houston Texans training camp week 1 review: Let’s play the wishful thinking game
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
Today I empty the notebook about my thoughts on Texans training camp week 1. A warning or a treat depending on your point of view…this is going to be long. If I don’t discuss what you may be wondering about, please leave it in the comments. Or if I blather about something that doesn’t make sense to you, which will likely happen with this many words, ask me about it. Training camp…guarding against wishful thinking. Like in watching actual games, different people often see things in camp differently. It’s hard not to get caught up in talk, group think, coach-speak, etc. When I watch camp, I try to ignore the numbers and the background and the stories while I’m watching the players in drills and in practice. This can be hard to do. When you are at a camp, you always have to guard against wishful thinking. That if the team is depending on a rookie at a spot or an inexperienced player’s improvement or recovery from injury, you risk wanting to see the good with that player and n...
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Leigh Steinberg: You Swore It Wasn't True, Ryan
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The agreement by Milwaukee Brewer former National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun to agree to a negotiated penalty of a 65 game suspension for violation of the steroid policy is discouraging at many levels. It seemed only yesterday that Braun stood in front of cameras and promised the public and his fans that he was completely innocent of such charges and it was all a miscarriage of justice. He followed in the footsteps of such iconic figures as Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones, who vehemently denied repeatedly that they had used performance enhancing substances. This continues the pattern of shattering public trust in the credibility of athletes. Young people look to them as role models and they have been exposed as liars. They have also been exposed as cheaters. Steroids alter the evenness of the playing field and give the violators an unfair advantage in enhanced performance. It brings into question all individual and team accomplishments. Baseball was arguably c...
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9 Embarrassing Word Mistakes You're Probably Making
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The following is an excerpt from Bill Walsh's new book Yes, I Could Care Less. Copyright © 2013 by Bill Walsh. If you’re using “I could care less” and “My head literally exploded” because you’re trying to affect a breezy manner, or you’re simply dashing off a casual e-mail, or you’re a learned linguist trying to show how just-folks you are, or your head literally exploded, go right ahead. (In the latter case, I can totally understand why you could care less.) If you’re writing something of some importance and choosing those words because you don’t know what words mean, I will helpfully point out that you may be sending a message you’d rather not send. In the coming chapters, I’ll argue for maintaining some tiny distinctions and rejecting some fairly well-established usages in the name of distracting as few readers as possible. I’ll even argue for some new usages because the traditional ones have become so antique as to be distracting. But there’s no pleasing everybody,...
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S.F. Giants - heroes with heart
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
S.F. Giants - heroes with heart Not only was the event hosted by the team, it was co-chaired by Pam Baer, wife of Giants President Larry Baer. Unlike the 49ers, who these days seem to commute into the Bay Area for their games, the Giants have made a marketing point of both living here and being actively involved in the community. [...] it pays big. Over the years San Francisco State University alumni have won more than 200 Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. Ethan Van der Ryn, class of 1985, has been nominated for an Academy Award for best sound editing for "Argo," and David Gropman, class of 1974, has been nominated for best production design for "Life of Pi." Niners coach Bill Walsh was obsessed with the idea that no one who weighed more than 300 pounds could hold up for four quarters of football. [...] because Bubba's job as an offensive lineman was to protect Joe Montana, Walsh started a weekly weight watch of Bubba. It paired people who have had hip and knee rep...
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Dan Treadway: A Guide to Watching the Super Bowl (for People With No Knowledge or Interest in the Super Bowl)
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
Last year the Super Bowl attracted roughly 111.3 million viewers. The average Super Bowl viewer is American and alive, so if you fit within these demographics, there's at least a decent chance you will be coaxed into watching the game. This will likely occur either by attending a party, going to a bar or just out of sheer love for moderate to great commercials and bumbling puppies. For those who will watch the game but won't have any clue about what's going on, here's a basic guide to make your Sunday evening perhaps a bit more interesting. Who To Root For The first step to making a sporting event worth watching is to have a remotely vested interest in who wins. This is accomplished by most degenerates via gambling, but considering you aren't well-versed in the sport, placing a bet based strictly on who wins the game probably isn't the best idea. It's usually more fun to root for the underdog, but in this Super Bowl the teams are quite evenly matched. (The 49er...
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PHOTOS: Rent Joe Montana's Condo For The Super Bowl
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Just as the 49ers have (almost) recaptured the glory years of the 1980s, you too can claim a piece of the nostalgia now that Joe Montana's former bachelor pad is up for grabs. According to Sotheby's, the one-bedroom condo up for rent at 101 Lombard Street was Joe Cool's home-sweet-home in 1984. For those of you who don't remember, that would be the year the 49ers won the Super Bowl and became the first team to ever win 15 games in a single season. It's also the year Montana was named Super Bowl MVP, prompting coach Bill Walsh to call him "the greatest quarterback today; maybe the greatest quarterback of all time." Needless to say, it was a good year. The extra point (pun most definitely intended): when Montana moved out in 1985, Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwight Clark moved in. "[The condo] has a fun little history," said Sotheby's agent Mary Fenton to The Huffington Post. The $5000-a-month home also has two levels, a private roof deck with views of the Bay Bridge an...
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5 rings: 49ers undefeated in Super Bowls
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
5 rings: 49ers undefeated in Super Bowls XVI, Jan. 24, 1982: 49ers 26, Bengals 21 - In the Silverdome, the 49ers built a 20-0 halftime lead and held off Cincinnati, thanks in large part to a goal-line stand in the third quarter. XIX, Jan. 20, 1985: 49ers 38, Dolphins 16 - At Stanford Stadium, Joe Montana won his second Super Bowl MVP trophy by throwing for three scores and running for another. XXIII, Jan. 22, 1989: 49ers 20, Bengals 16 - In Miami, Montana's 10-yard TD pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining gave Bill Walsh a win in his final game as the 49ers' head coach. XXIV, Jan. 28, 1990: 49ers 55, Broncos 10 - In the Superdome, Montana picked up his third SB MVP by throwing for five TDs - three to Rice - as the 49ers humbled Denver and John Elway. XXIX, Jan. 29, 1995: 49ers 49, Chargers 26 - In Miami, SB MVP Steve Young passed for six TDs - also three to Rice - giving George Seifert his second Vince Lombardi Trophy as head coach.
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49ers Rally Past Falcons To Reach Super Bowl
Huffington Post - about 5 years
ATLANTA — The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense. The San Francisco 49ers are ready to start a new dynasty with a familiar formula. Next stop, the Big Easy. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore led San Francisco to a record comeback in the NFC championship game Sunday, overcoming an early 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1995. Gore scored a pair of touchdowns, including the winner with 8:23 remaining for San Francisco's first lead of the day, and the 49ers defense made it stand up. A fourth-down stop at the 10-yard line denied Atlanta another stirring comeback after blowing a big lead. "Everybody does a little," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, "and it adds up to be a lot." San Francisco (13-4-1) moves on to face either New England or Baltimore at New Orleans in two weeks, looking to join Pittsburgh as the only franchises with six Super Bowl titles. It could be a brother...
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Ellen Magnis: Nonprofit: How Can We Prevent The Next Penn State Scandal?
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Amidst all of the political shenanigans, world coming-to-an-end drama and heart-wrenching tragedy of the last few months, some may have missed that charges of perjury, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children were filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. This should make leaders of all child-serving organizations do more than just pause. This is a wake-up call to those in leadership positions that protecting children, as my dear colleague, Retired Lt. Bill Walsh likes to say "is not a spectator sport." Much will be written and much needs to be done to protect children from those who are mentally ill and strangers to our children. But here is another harsh reality. In our Children's Advocacy Center (CAC), a nationally-recognized best practice model for effectively serving our community's most severely abused children, last year we provided services for about 2,300 children harmed by those who were supposed to love or protect them. Most of thes...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Walsh
  • 2007
    Age 75
    Bill Walsh died of leukemia at 10:45 am on July 30, 2007, at his home in Woodside, California.
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  • 2005
    Age 73
    He also acted as a consultant for his alma mater San Jose State University in their search for an Athletic Director and Head Football Coach in 2005.
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    In 2005, after then-athletic director Ted Leland stepped down, Walsh was named interim athletic director.
  • 2004
    Age 72
    In 2004, Walsh was appointed as special assistant to the athletic director at Stanford.
  • 1999
    Age 67
    Walsh was the Vice President and General Manager for the 49ers from 1999 to 2001 and was a special consultant to the team for three years afterwards.
  • 1996
    Age 64
    In 1996 Walsh returned to the 49ers as an administrative aide
  • 1994
    Age 62
    In 1994, after consecutive losing seasons, Walsh left Stanford and retired from coaching.
  • 1993
    Age 61
    In 1993, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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  • 1992
    Age 60
    Walsh returned to Stanford as head coach in 1992, leading the Cardinal to a 10-3 record and a Pacific-10 Conference co-championship.
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  • 1987
    Age 55
    In addition to Joe Montana, Walsh drafted Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, and Jerry Rice. He also traded a 2nd and 4th round pick in the 1987 draft for Steve Young.
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  • 1981
    Age 49
    The 49ers won Super Bowl championships in 1981, 1984 and 1988.
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  • 1980
    Age 48
    In 1980, Steve DeBerg was the starting quarterback who got San Francisco off to a 3-0 start, but after a 59-14 blowout loss to Dallas in week 6, Walsh promoted Montana to starting QB.
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  • 1979
    Age 47
    In 1979, Walsh was hired as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers by owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. The long-suffering 49ers went 2–14 in 1978, the season before Walsh's arrival and repeated the same dismal record in his first season.
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  • 1977
    Age 45
    Walsh was the Pac-8 Conference Coach of the Year in 1977.
    His two Stanford teams were successful, posting a 9–3 record in 1977 with a win in the Sun Bowl, and 8–4 in 1978 with a win in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
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    In 1977, Walsh was hired as the head coach at Stanford where he stayed for two seasons.
  • 1975
    Age 43
    When Brown retired as head coach following the 1975 season and appointed Bill "Tiger" Johnson as his successor, Walsh resigned and served as an assistant coach for Tommy Prothro with the San Diego Chargers in 1976.
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  • 1968
    Age 36
    Initially, Walsh started out as the wide receivers coach from 1968 to 1970 before also coaching the quarterbacks from 1971 to 1975.
    In 1968, Walsh moved to the AFL expansion Cincinnati Bengals, joining the staff of legendary coach Paul Brown.
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  • 1966
    Age 34
    Walsh began his pro coaching career in 1966 as an assistant with the AFL's Oakland Raiders.
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  • 1959
    Age 27
    He served under Bob Bronzan as a graduate assistant coach on the Spartans football coaching staff and graduated with a master's degree in physical education from San Jose State in 1959.
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  • 1955
    Age 23
    Walsh graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1955.
  • 1931
    Born on November 30, 1931.
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