It ended when Eddie D was forced to give up the team. He was the driving force for excellence, sometimes to excess. No one in the front office or on the team felt secure, so they performed every day like it mattered. After he left, the team had employees who put in their hours. Many still worked hard but it wasn't consistent, across the board maniacal effort. Don't know how long you can keep up that kind of intensity, Walsh was done before he should have been perhaps, but it does tend to forge a team.
Edit--the fact that Walsh, Montana, etc. worried that every game was their last says it all. Can't believe Montana would go to every camp thinking he would be replaced!
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Jan 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM ]