Monday, July 30, 2007

Reading a Defense as Art

Rest in peace Bill Walsh.

In a time when professional sports is loosing its luster fast, Walsh always seemed like a stand up guy. And, there can be no question as to the impact he had on the NFL.

When I think of Walsh I think of Joe Montana swinging out of the pocket to the right after a beautiful play action that Walsh, no doubt, made him practice and practice until it was perfect. Or, I think of Roger Craig high-stepping through the line on a draw or catching a swing pass with nothing but green in front of him.

West coast baby. All the way. Walsh changed football in a way you can't help but notice every time you watch a game. Many try the scheme, few pull it off, only one really perfected it.

The way he taught it, and coached it, it wasn't was art.

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