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I'm born in 1986 so it couldn't enjoy the great 49er teams in 80's so it didn't see montana lott and all these guys play i didn't have a chance to see the great bill Walsh coach. Shows like this and the Americas game dvds are amazing how they go in depth in the lives of great players and coaches in the NFL. Loosing the superbowl 2 years ago hurts me everyday it's just so damn painful being that close and not winning... All of you that saw the great teams in the 80's are so lucky
End was sad
Originally posted by Niner_Faithful_MTL:
I'm born in 1986 so it couldn't enjoy the great 49er teams in 80's so it didn't see montana lott and all these guys play i didn't have a chance to see the great bill Walsh coach. Shows like this and the Americas game dvds are amazing how they go in depth in the lives of great players and coaches in the NFL. Loosing the superbowl 2 years ago hurts me everyday it's just so damn painful being that close and not winning... All of you that saw the great teams in the 80's are so lucky

This is why we are so protective of this team. We know what it was once. We know what it should be
That was very well done.

It's pretty well known that he had the tortured artist vibe and this piece really brought that home. It's sad that he wasn't able to enjoy it more . . . and until this I never really appreciated the irony of him stepping away from the 49ers a year or two early given how he turned the roster over.

Great show! Feel so lucky to have watched it all happen back in the day.
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Yeah but you can't get pissed for losing it two years ago. We had no business even being in there so quickly. Bill had Joe Montana, Seifert had Steve Young. Guys that were hand picked by Walsh himself, two Hall of Famers.. Walsh and Seifert weren't asked to win with Alex Smith or Kaepernick. Bellichik has had Brady for ALL his runs.

This was a great episode and like Joe Montana said at the beginning, he left coaching too soon and left life too soon.
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It was eye opening to hear from Montana, Holmgren, and Lott about how ruthless Walsh was. How he played mind games to get the most out of his players, with the trade off being he would alienate the player. Also, how hard he was on himself, even after having success. One thing he said that stuck out: (paraphrased) the fear of losing became a greater driving force than the elation of winning. So grateful to say he was head coach for only one NFL team.
What a beautiful piece i just finished watching for fans like me that didn't grow up with the great teams of the 80's the knowledge i gain from this piece was remarkable. Makes me love and appreciate my team even more. I am a die hard at heart n i will continue to be till the casket drops. Thank you Bill for helping our team become relevant and become a dynasty at the same time.
Bill Walsh, A Football Life, must see for all 49er fans.
Originally posted by crake49:
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2015/01/16/bill-walsh-a-football-life-sneak-peak/

Bill Walsh "A Football Life" . . . Next Friday 1/23/15 . . . . FINALLY

Wow. I can't wait. That first scene where he's angry and using the f-word over and over. Amazing. You tend to not remember him that way.

Hopefully that's not what led to this

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bill-walsh-punched-in-casino/
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Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
That was very well done.

It's pretty well known that he had the tortured artist vibe and this piece really brought that home. It's sad that he wasn't able to enjoy it more . . . and until this I never really appreciated the irony of him stepping away from the 49ers a year or two early given how he turned the roster over.

Great show! Feel so lucky to have watched it all happen back in the day.

A few folks knew that but I think this piece may have been a surprise to many fans. Many just looked at the product and never went deeper.

The fact he left early had a lot to do with the pressure he received from Eddie (in addition to his own inner drive). It was like he never really took the time to "smell the roses." I recall that scene after the '89 Super Bowl where he broke down when asked if it was his last game. Everyone knew the pressure he had been under to win and could almost feel the relief. Eddie not only wanted to win, he wanted to win while playing great football. Eddie appreciated the man Bill was off the field and the class he exhibited on the field, however, Eddie was as driven as was Bill. Both men not only had to win, they had to do it in perfect form.

We hear Jed talks to Eddie frequently. I just wonder if part of the "win with class" mantra doesn't come from Uncle Eddie or at least have been passed down in the family. Having lived through all those Walsh years and seen the always composed manner on the sideline even in the heat of the playoff games, it drove me crazy to see the juvenile antics of Harbaugh on the sidelines these past four years. I recall telling my wife during one of Harbaugh's many outbursts, that if Bill were alive now he would take Jim out behind the woodshed and give him a good whipping.

In his book, Walsh preached that it was the obligation of the head coach to remain posed no matter what the situation. If the coach allowed his emotions to overcome rational thinking the team had no chance to win. Players watched the coach and depended on him for direction when the game was on the line. Hence it was selfish of the coach to allow his emotions to overcome his obligation to the players. Because Walsh always maintained that composed demeanor, the casual fan never knew the inner battle that was going on inside him.

Great Football Live on Bill Walsh and that one book they shown called Best of Rivals is what I am currently reading and it is pretty dang good.
Originally posted by 49erFan816:
Great Football Live on Bill Walsh and that one book they shown called Best of Rivals is what I am currently reading and it is pretty dang good.

"Best of rivals" is a really good book.
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Originally posted by Niner_Faithful_MTL:
I'm born in 1986 so it couldn't enjoy the great 49er teams in 80's so it didn't see montana lott and all these guys play i didn't have a chance to see the great bill Walsh coach. Shows like this and the Americas game dvds are amazing how they go in depth in the lives of great players and coaches in the NFL. Loosing the superbowl 2 years ago hurts me everyday it's just so damn painful being that close and not winning... All of you that saw the great teams in the 80's are so lucky

This is why we are so protective of this team. We know what it was once. We know what it should be

Yes indeed!

Sure brought back memories.

Very well done piece.

A MUST see for all 49er Faithful.

It all really started w/Bill Walsh and Eddie D.
Anyone have the book? Can't find it anywhere for less than $300
So I've been reading Walsh's book score takes care of itself and one thing I've been trying to do is draw comparisons/differences between him and Harbaugh.

Anybody care to expand on that? I know he's not the coach but there's something that all great coaches (Phil Jackson, bellicek, Greg popavic, even carrol (hate to say it) have in common : cool calm collected demeanor for the most part. Obviously this is overly sinplyfying it but they did rely on 'rah rah' when appropriate.

Anyone care to chime in?
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