Originally posted by zozell:
What was the sickest, most bad ass trick play, gimmick play, wild cat offense play or anything else along those lines that you remember seeing Bill Walsh run...
Zozell, I tried to find factual proof before posting this...to no avail. Therefore, this is strictly from memory. Given the amount of time which has elapsed, forgive any details which aren't totally correct. If that be the case, I hope this post might prompt someone to recall these events more crystal.
Two coaches more-so than others, could not stand Bill Walsh. Maybe, it was because the 49er's, kept their teams from advancing further in the playoffs on more than one occasion...I always felt, it was the Genius label bestowed upon him...plus a little of the above
The 49er's, according to East Coast pundits and their like, weren't supposed to beat traditional powerhouse teams; were as a team, too much a Finesse team running a Gimmick (at that time) offense.
The two coaches aforementioned, Ditka, and Parcells, were of that ilk. If memory serves me well, I recollect an interview where Parcells doesn't mention Coach Walsh by name, but rather by the colour of his hair, and his Media-given-Moniker, The Genius, in a disparaging manner.
I think the formation/play, which became "the straw that broke the camel's back", was called Angus...I don't know why, but that formation/play/name, comes to mind. In the Angus formation, Walsh, set then Guard Guy McIntyre, in the backfield. First as a lead blocker, and later as the ball carrier.
Needless-to-say, it was successful, dare I say, it infuriated both Ditka, and The Tuna, to no end. During the Chicago Bears run to The Super Bowl, Coach Ditka, unleashed The Fridge, on the NFL. Notoriety for them both followed, to put it mildly.
What about Sweetness, after all his years..
I can't recall any Media types outside The Bay Area, ever giving Bill Walsh any credit for the thought, let alone the implementation of such a formation/play. I wonder where Coach Ditka got the brilliant idea...
[ Edited by FlayvaMeister on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:03 PM ]