Niners Legend Bill Walsh Voted Second Greatest Coach In NFL History By ESPN


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Legendary San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh was voted as the second greatest coach in NFL history by ESPN.

[Video: Former coaches and players talk Bill Walsh greatness]

This is the season for greatest of all-time and top 100 lists. The NFL Network is currently unveiling their top 100 players of 2013. ESPN is honoring the 100th anniversary of Vince Lombardi’s birth with a list of the top 20 NFL coaches of all time.

Of course, I think Walsh should be number one. But the obvious top NFL coach of all time is Lombardi. The former Green Bay Packers head coach won four NFL Championships and two Super Bowls in his career. Since 1970 the Super Bowl trophy has been officially named The Vince Lombardi Trophy. I guess he is a good selection for the NFL’s greatest coach of all time.

Walsh took the San Francisco 49ers from the cellar of the NFL to Super Bowl Champions in his third season as head coach. His legacy not only left a mark with the 49ers, but also across the NFL. How he operated his coaching staff, players and his innovation in offense with the creation the West Coast offense is still being felt today. In ten seasons with the Niners Walsh won three Super Bowl championships, had 92 wins and 59 losses. In the coaching world his legacy had a lasting impact with his coaching tree.


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  • loverpoint

    Any coach would be proud to be in the top 5 all time best coaches. What does not show up on the coaching family tree is all the coaches that have been influenced by him.