Originally posted by GNielsen:
I really like this coach. He's like Walsh in certain ways and very different from him in other ways. Their personalities are different. Harbaugh is much more emotional and fiery during the game than Walsh was. Walsh was very contained and dry during games. Harbaugh is screaming at the refs and going nuts. Harbaugh is more of a player-type guy which shouldn't be a surprise since he played for 15 years. But Harbaugh is very much like Walsh in a couple of very important ways: he schemes for the opponent, he attacks weaknesses and he makes changes based on scheme during games. I think the more the playbook is installed as the season progresses, we'll see even more of that. Harbaugh has heavily studied Walsh and we all know that Walsh was his mentor at Stanford, so we shouldn't be surprised if he manages games and develops schemes as Walsh did. It's really too early to say Harbaugh is another Bill Walsh, but he may be on his way. We should know in a few years.
Pretty good description, especially the comparison of their game demeanors.
Also, where Harbaugh is a "player's coach," very close to the players personally, Walsh was more distant. Players feared him as well as respected him. They knew he saw everything and tolerated nothing but full attention. If he didn't get it, he could just freeze a guy by just glaring at him.
Harbaugh may turn out to be a very good coach in this league. It is WAY to early to tell. This one game is creating some very crazy talk.