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Originally posted by socalniner:
Anyone have the book? Can't find it anywhere for less than $300

Amazon for $20
When Dwight made "the catch" I was sitting in my seats on the opposite goal line,sec 2 row 3, and I remember not being sure that it was inbounds. Even though the fans were going wild I waited to celebrate until I saw the officials raise their hands and signal 'touchdown'. That was also the last game my Dad attended. He told me later that "now that they won the big one, I'm satisfied." Bill Walsh went to high school with my Mom. He was the reason we bought season tickets in 1979. What a ride he took us on! As Steve Young said "He changed everything, forever"
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Originally posted by Jd925:

All you need to know about Quarterbacking....
Watching those videos takes me back to the '80s when the 49ers used to train at Sierra College in Rocklin. When they first started there no one much cared about them much less watch them train. I lived in Roseville at the time, about 15 minutes from Sierra College. My self and buddy who had some free time in the summer would go watch them train. There was just a chain link fence that separated the fans from the players. We could get close enough to hear the coaches and players talking. We often observed Walsh's desire for perfection by requiring players make small adjustments in technique.

I recall Steve Young tell about Walsh's demand that routes be run precisely so the quarterback could throw a pass blindfolded to a certain spot and the receiver would be right there. Walsh made Roger Craig run a simple swing route out of the backfield over and over again until he was always in the same place at the same time. The route could not be a straight line because then the receiver would have to make a difficult over-the-head catch. It had to have a certain curve to it so the receiver could easily catch the ball and move to avoid a defender. At the same time, the quarterback had to make a precise drop to first draw defenders away from the swing receiver and then position himself via footwork to make an accurate throw. It became just an automatic 6-10 yards because of the precision of the play. Back in those Rocklin days, we saw those kinds of things happening all the time.

After the first Super Bowl win, a lot more people began showing up, including scouts from other teams. As a result, they hung screen cloth on the fence so you couldn't see what was happening. At a certain time, they opened up a grandstand that allowed fans to watch but Walsh still ran a lot of stuff beyond the sight of reporters. Great times.
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Originally posted by Mertonschickendance:
Originally posted by socalniner:
Anyone have the book? Can't find it anywhere for less than $300

Amazon for $20

I think he means this one: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Winning-Edge-Brian-Billick/dp/1571671722
Originally posted by Niners816:
"Best of rivals" is a really good book.

Yeah. I am enjoying it. Those Niner teams from 87-92 with Young and Montana were so dominant.
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Originally posted by Mertonschickendance:
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?

see portion of my post #145
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Originally posted by Jcool:
Originally posted by Mertonschickendance:
Originally posted by socalniner:
Anyone have the book? Can't find it anywhere for less than $300

Amazon for $20

I think he means this one: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Winning-Edge-Brian-Billick/dp/1571671722

I had just checked Amazon just before you posted this link. $995.

I just checked my copy. It has an old sticker on it from Borders for $26.95. It was given to me as a gift.

I have not read every word but have read most of it. When I first got it I was president of a large soccer league, also director of coaches. I tried to implement as much of his thinking and concepts as I could. Some of it won't apply to volunteer parent/coaches but a lot more did apply than didn't.

Someone mentioned Condoleeza Rice and her comments. I believe a lot of concepts in his book would apply to any business or organization.


Wonder if Trent Baalke has read it.
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Originally posted by eastie:
When Dwight made "the catch" I was sitting in my seats on the opposite goal line,sec 2 row 3, and I remember not being sure that it was inbounds. Even though the fans were going wild I waited to celebrate until I saw the officials raise their hands and signal 'touchdown'. That was also the last game my Dad attended. He told me later that "now that they won the big one, I'm satisfied." Bill Walsh went to high school with my Mom. He was the reason we bought season tickets in 1979. What a ride he took us on! As Steve Young said "He changed everything, forever"

Section 49 upper reserve Row 3 seat 14. It was directly below us. My seat was on the 8 yard line. The place went nuts.
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by eastie:
When Dwight made "the catch" I was sitting in my seats on the opposite goal line,sec 2 row 3, and I remember not being sure that it was inbounds. Even though the fans were going wild I waited to celebrate until I saw the officials raise their hands and signal 'touchdown'. That was also the last game my Dad attended. He told me later that "now that they won the big one, I'm satisfied." Bill Walsh went to high school with my Mom. He was the reason we bought season tickets in 1979. What a ride he took us on! As Steve Young said "He changed everything, forever"

Section 49 upper reserve Row 3 seat 14. It was directly below us. My seat was on the 8 yard line. The place went nuts.

The single biggest play in 49er history. That was the top of the mountain. The super bowl was 'the game' but beating that Dallas team was the game that put the team on top of the football world. Those season tickets, during the Walsh and Seifert years were some of the best years for football that anybody could wish for. We were so lucky to witness the greatness of Bill Walsh explode onto the scene. I will always cherish the times I spend at the 'stick with my Dad and brother. Thank You 49er family for some of the best years of my life.
Originally posted by eastie:
The single biggest play in 49er history. That was the top of the mountain. The super bowl was 'the game' but beating that Dallas team was the game that put the team on top of the football world. Those season tickets, during the Walsh and Seifert years were some of the best years for football that anybody could wish for. We were so lucky to witness the greatness of Bill Walsh explode onto the scene. I will always cherish the times I spend at the 'stick with my Dad and brother. Thank You 49er family for some of the best years of my life.

and now back to some of the worst ................................................................................thanks York

Originally posted by 16to87:
and now back to some of the worst ................................................................................thanks York

While I understand your pessimism, I don't agree with it. The history of this team has shown that 'the faithful' live through may ups and downs,but we always are there for the team. Eddie Debartolo made some really dumb ass hires early on and the franchise was as down as it has ever been, but greatness was just around the corner, even though we couldn't see it coming. Hang in there, keep the faith, and trust that Jed wants what you also want, Championships!
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by Jcool:
Originally posted by Mertonschickendance:
Originally posted by socalniner:
Anyone have the book? Can't find it anywhere for less than $300

Amazon for $20

I think he means this one: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Winning-Edge-Brian-Billick/dp/1571671722

I had just checked Amazon just before you posted this link. $995.

I just checked my copy. It has an old sticker on it from Borders for $26.95. It was given to me as a gift.

I have not read every word but have read most of it. When I first got it I was president of a large soccer league, also director of coaches. I tried to implement as much of his thinking and concepts as I could. Some of it won't apply to volunteer parent/coaches but a lot more did apply than didn't.

Someone mentioned Condoleeza Rice and her comments. I believe a lot of concepts in his book would apply to any business or organization.


Wonder if Trent Baalke has read it.

You should photocopy it. Sell them for $30 a pop. You'll thank me later -- perhaps with a free copy?
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If you google it you can find pdf copies on the internet
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How long has Bill Walsh been out of coaching? Why is there even a thread, he hasn't coached in years, not to mention drafting Gus Carmazzi and hiring Larry Donahew
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Originally posted by Garcia:
How long has Bill Walsh been out of coaching? Why is there even a thread, he hasn't coached in years, not to mention drafting Gus Carmazzi and hiring Larry Donahew

He also said we should of drafted Jake Plummer over Jim Druckenmiller.
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