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Cowboys Had Many Connections To Walsh

walsh_owens_330.jpgWith the news yesterday of the passing of Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, many Cowboy players and coaches remembered his influence upon them.  “It’s kind of hard to put into words what he’s done for the game of football,” stated WR Terrell Owens who played under Walsh’s West Coast offense for eight years.  “I was fortunate to play in that system, I was fortunate to flourish in that system,” Terrell said of his time in San Francisco.

New Receiver’s coach Ray Sherman spent three years as an assistant in San Francisco (1991-93) and was greatly influenced by many of the coaches who learned under Walsh.  “Everybody had some type of connection with Bill Walsh, so that’s a tough thing,” said Sherman upon hearing the news of his passing.

Heralded as the creator of the West Coast offense, now widely used across the NFL, Walsh’s tenure has produced many head coaches and offensive coordinators in a new generation of the West Coast that still has an impact decades after his coaching days were over.  “Bill Walsh set a standard for a generation of NFL head coaches that was a cut above the rest,”  were the words of Coach Wade Phillips in his statement about the news. 

Certainly most Cowboys fans will remember him as the great coach and nemesis of the 1980’s who brought such fierce competition during many an NFC Championship game featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Cowboys.

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