Originally posted by GNielsen:
Well, you're absolutely right that they are not at all alike personally. But, some years ago, before Harbaugh took the job, I did read an article, I think it was Glenn Dickey or Lowell Cohen, one of the old timers who were close to Walsh that Walsh was intriqued by Harbaugh's personality and thought he was an interesting combination of football wonk and fiery player. The article said Walsh was taking a personal interest in Harbaugh. I'd like to see Harbaugh calm down a little. I actually do see some similarities in the way they approach a game from the standpoint of trying to capitalize on an opponents short-comings but Harbaugh has a way to go before he gives me the same impression of cool, calculating during a game that I always got with Walsh.
The major similarity, and I pointed this out some time ago when Harbaugh was hired, is that they live, breath and eat football. Both have a habbit of doodling plays at all times of the day...when they aren't/weren't working. Articles have pointed out JH's tendency to sit in on ST meetings while a starting QB...shows how committed he is.
Many similarities, but many differences as well. Walsh thought in terms of speed and tenacity, while JH goes for Speed and power. Walsh used a jumbo package in the 80's but only occasionally, JH uses it as an integral part of his game plan. How much of this is necessity for both coaches given player's ability and time in the system?
I expect next year to be a more power oriented offense, more like Stanford in the Orange Bowl. The OLine will have another year of experience in the system and they will have (I hope) Gore, Walker, James, Dixon and possibly another good back. And they should have another WR who can balance and help Crabtree...who seems much more motivated. Might be much more verticle as well with the passing game. They need at least four WR's to offset injuries.
Love both coaches but am still waiting to evaluate Harbaugh after his career is more seasoned...better yet, over! LOL!
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Feb 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM ]