As the 49ers make their Quest for Six, it’s appropriate to remember the central figures who were behind previous five Super Bowls in franchise history. Along with former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., coach Bill Walsh was the face of the 49ers as they became one of the NFL’s most storied organizations.
Walsh, who was also a friend and mentor to Jim Harbaugh, has left his fingerprints all over the league. From his teachings of the West Coast Offense to his impressive coaching tree of former assistants who have shaped the NFL over the years, Walsh will always be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest innovators.
Seth Wickersham of ESPN the Magazine detailed Walsh’s legacy and how a book written by Walsh captures the coach’s dedication to his craft.
“Walsh began writing alone at his beach house in Monterey, Calif., always at 8 a.m., on yellow legal pads, in pencil, in all caps, his penmanship so clean that it could be its own font,” Wickersham wrote. “He would tear off sheets and stack them neatly in piles on the floor. This was in 1995, and Walsh didn’t know what kind of book he wanted. A leadership guide? A playbook? A coaching manual? A blueprint for front offices? Walsh told (Roger) Craig he wanted it to be a ‘real football book,’ not some light autobiography, waxing poetic about Super Bowls and Montana-to-Rice touchdown passes. He wanted his first book to motivate coaches, not delight fans.”
The 49ers would also like to announce that the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority is offering a Super Bowl special on pet adoptions. Select cats can be adopted for $4 and select dogs can be adopted for $9.
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate also features the latest Super Bowl headlines, Patrick Willis’ strong relationship with his foster family, a historical look at the biggest games in 49ers postseason history and more.
Erik Brady of USA Today discussed the impact of Chris and Julie Finley on Willis’ life.
Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports listed the top 16 non-Super Bowl games in 49ers history.
Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the loyalty of the Harbaugh family after Thursday’s conference call.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com invented the word “Harbaughtastic” when discussing the Harbaugh family leading up to the Super Bowl.
Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to 49ers Faithful fan Terry White, who has been to all five 49ers Super Bowl wins.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed Jonathan Goodwin’s role on the team as a quiet leader.
Mark Emmons and Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group broke down the Harbaugh family conference call.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com spoke to DeBartolo about his role in 49ers history and his statue that will be placed at the new Santa Clara Stadium.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted how Willis selected his jersey No. 52.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com examined NaVorro Bowman’s big pass breakup in the NFC Championship.
Inman wrote that Harbaugh called into John Madden’s radio show.
Maiocco wrote about 49ers running back Anthony Dixon’s role in the offense.
Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com discussed the patience of running back LaMichael James.
J. Michael of CSNBaltimore.com wrote that Dennis Dixon will be playing the role of Kaepernick for Baltimore’s scout team.
49ers.com’s coverage included a look at Dan Marino’s thoughts on Kaepernick, James, Vic Fangio’s return to New Orleans. We also brought you the Harbaugh family conference call (audio / transcript) press passes from Roman (video / transcript), Willis and Kaepernick (transcript) and Alex Boone’s visit with NFL Network.
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