Brent Jones on Bill Walsh: His players respected him, but didn’t like him

Jan 6, 2017 at 10:27 AM--


Former San Francisco 49ers great Brent Jones, who played tight end for the team from 1987 until 1997, was on KNBR 680 yesterday. He discussed a number of 49ers-related topics, including the search for a new head coach. The interview and Jones' thoughts on the topic are really intriguing which makes it worth a listen.

One of the more interesting side-topics was a discussion about former great head coach Bill Walsh and his brilliance when it came to motivating and inspire those that played for him. It was a trait that Jones hopes the 49ers can find within a new head coach. Jones knows that it is tough to inspire players that are making significantly more money than the coaching staff. Jones played for two seasons under Walsh.

"Bill Walsh was a genius at motivating different guys different ways," Jones said. "Some guys needed a pat on the backside. Some guys you needed to grab them by the facemask and scream at them. Some guys needed to be reminded that their contract is up. Other guys would need to be reminded that they guy behind you is starting to put pressure on you.

"Bill was a master at figuring out how each guy ticked and what would inspire him. So nobody – under Bill – nobody felt comfortable. That's why nobody was friends with Bill until after he was done coaching and I loved the man. He was great. I'd go visit him at Stanford all of the time, but when he was my coach, I was scared to death of the guy. And most people, they respected him, but they didn't like him at the time."

You can listen to the entire interview on KNBR 680.

Walsh is considered to be the greatest head coach in 49ers franchise history and one of the greatest NFL minds in league history. He was the head coach of the team from 1978 until 1988 and brought home three Super Bowl championships during that span. Walsh served as the team's vice president and general manager for three years and then as a consultant for three more. The legendary coach passed away in 2007 at the age of 75.

The 49ers are currently entrenched within a search for a new head coach and general manager following the firings of Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke.



LISTEN

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Steve Young wants Garoppolo playing 10 more years with 49ers, says Shanahan would impress Walsh

By David Bonilla
Nov 24

Steve Young has said he believes there are trust issues between head coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. However, the Hall of Fame player, now an analyst for ESPN, wants to see Garoppolo play 10 more years for the San Francisco 49ers. Garoppolo is having one of the best statistical seasons of his career. He has passed for 2,159 yards through nine games, throwing 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. His 104.1 passer rating is his highest with the 49ers and ranks fourth in the NFL this season. Over the last three games, Garoppolo has completed 73.2 percent of his passes for 703 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions while



Jimmy Garoppolo says 49ers played best game against Cardinals but still have 'a long way to go'

By Kirk Larrabee
Nov 21

As good as the San Francisco 49ers played against the Arizona Cardinals Monday night, there's still room for them to get better, according to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. It's hard to find much fault with how the 49ers played in their 38-10 shellacking of the Cardinals at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. After fighting off a somewhat slow start, the 49ers rolled over the Cardinals on offense while the defense held them scoreless in the second half, marking the third consecutive week they've reached that feat against an opponent. It was a performance many had been waiting for from the 49ers after an inconsistent start to the season, and Garoppolo had one of his best outings of the year along the way, throwing for 228 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-29 passing. But even though



Kyle Shanahan believes 49ers players stepping up has helped Jimmy Garoppolo, talks crowd expectations in Mexico

By David Bonilla
Nov 20

Jimmy Garoppolo is turning in one of the better seasons of his career. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback stepped in for an injured Trey Lance in Week 2 and has once again asserted himself as the leader on offense. Garoppolo has played well in the last two games. He hasn't thrown an interception in those matchups—a 31-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams and a 22-16 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Tight end George Kittle has been one of Garoppolo's biggest supporters and had a theory as to why the quarterback has impressed over the last few weeks. "I



PFF's highest- and lowest-graded 49ers players vs. Cardinals, plus snap counts

By David Bonilla
Nov 22

The San Francisco 49ers improved their record to 6-4 after a 38-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. Today, Pro Football Focus released its grades from the game. Which Niners played well, and who has more work to do? Below are Pro Football Focus' five highest-graded 49ers players on offense against the Cardinals. Trent Williams, LT, 94.4, 51 snaps George Kittle, TE, 89.8, 43 snaps Elijah Mitchell, RB, 85.7, 13 snaps Daniel Brunskill, RG, 80.0, 27 snaps Christian McCaffrey, RB, 79.9, 38 snaps Below are the five highest-graded 49ers players on defense. Charles Omenihu, DE, 84.6, 41 snaps Dre Greenlaw, LB, 82.3, 58 snaps Deommodore Lenoir, CB, 79.7, 68


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone