Bill Walsh: Finding the Winning Edge

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When those who chronicle the history of the game list the individuals who had the greatest impact on the National Football League, Bill Walsh will clearly be among the names of Halas, Lombardi, Brown, Landry, Noll and Shula. But when you consider who has impacted the game most in terms of those who sought to copy, emulate, reproduce or extend a definable system, style or structure, Bill Walsh stands alone. In Finding the Winning Edge, the coach of three Super Bowl Championships illustrates and outlines the basic ...

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Overview

When those who chronicle the history of the game list the individuals who had the greatest impact on the National Football League, Bill Walsh will clearly be among the names of Halas, Lombardi, Brown, Landry, Noll and Shula. But when you consider who has impacted the game most in terms of those who sought to copy, emulate, reproduce or extend a definable system, style or structure, Bill Walsh stands alone. In Finding the Winning Edge, the coach of three Super Bowl Championships illustrates and outlines the basic organizational, coaching and system philosophies that he has used throughout his career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571671721
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author After studying chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, James Peterson fell in love with food while picking grapes for a winemaker in the south of France. He studied in France at Le Cordon Bleu, and later worked at the then three-star restaurants Le Vivarois and Chez La Mere Blanc (now Georges Blanc). Peterson returned to the United States in 1979 and was partner and chef at Le Petit Robert in New York's Greenwich Village, and has also taught and developed curriculum at The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and taught at Peter Kump's New York Cooking School. Peterson has translated six French books on pastry and baking, and is the author of Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, the first edition of which was The James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year in 1992. He also wrote Splendid Soups, which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award in 1994, and Fish and Shellfish, winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Julia Child Award for best book on a single subject. His latest book, Vegetables, appeared in the spring of 1998.

Billick is head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

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Table of Contents

Dedication    iii
Acknowledgments    iv
Foreword   vii
Introduction    ix
 
PART I: EXPERIENCES AND VALUES     3
Chapter 1: Putting Things Into Historical Perspective     3
Chapter 2: Doing What Comes Naturally   13
 
PART II: THE ORGANIZATION   29
Chapter 3: Understanding the Role of a Head Coach   29
Chapter 4: Developing a Successful Organizational Structure   47
Chapter 5: Organizing the Staff   75
 
PART III: THE PEOPLE 111
Chapter 6: Evaluating Players 111
Chapter 7: Acquiring Talented Players 145
Chapter 8: Developing Players 161
Chapter 9: Handling the Pro Athlete 189
 
PART IV: THE GAME 207
Chapter 10: Designing a Winning Game Plan 207
Chapter 11: Preparing to Win 231
Chapter 12: Putting It All Together 267
Chapter 13: Strategies and Tactics for Dealing with a Highly Competitive Adversary                                             281
Chapter 14: Making the "Right" Decision 321
Chapter 15: Overcoming the Mental Barriers to Success 329
Chapter 16: Staying on Course 339
 
PART V: THE BUSINESS 381
Chapter 17: Working with the Media 381
Chapter 18: Focusing on Financial Matters 395
 
APPENDICES 407
Appendix A: Selected References 407
Appendix B: Sample Employee Lectures 409
Appendix C: Sample Job Description Outlines 421
Appendix D: Sample Schedule of Supplemental Duties 467
Appendix E: Sample Team Lectures 471
Appendix F: Sample Scouting Workout Criteria for Selected Positions 483
Appendix G: Sample Base Play Schematics 489
Appendix H: Sample Classic Play Schematics 507
Appendix  I: The Bill Walsh Coaching Lineage 545
Appendix  J: Index 547
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