Belichick Statement On Bill Walsh

Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, patriarch of the 49ers dynasty and architect of the popular West Coast offense, died Monday at 75 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Walsh's coaching expertise and keen football mind was appreciated by many in the NFL, from players to coaches even to the fans. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick released a statement on the passing of this great coach.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's statement on Walsh's passing:

"One of the greatest challenges of my career was coaching defense against Bill Walsh. He turned San Francisco’s offense into the best in the league. Beyond being a great offensive coach, Bill mastered running an entire pro football organization. He figured out everything from the big picture down to the smallest detail and documented it in his book, Finding The Winning Edge, which was groundbreaking. It remains easily the most comprehensive and best modern day football book and is required reading for every coach. On a personal level, I am very fortunate to have developed a close friendship with Bill and my deepest condolences are with his family on this sad day."

More on walsh can be found here in this excellent column by Ira Miller. Miller is an award-winning sportswriter who has covered the National Football League for three decades and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He is the national columnist for The Sports Xchange. members can read more about Walsh, including a compilation of comments from former players, coaches, friends and other league executives here at San Francisco Illustrated.

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