Is Tomsula better than Bill Walsh?

Link to my Tuesday column. Full text below: SANTA CLARA — This is about the big 49ers lie, the big Jim Tomsula lie. Almost every day, some 49ers apologist writes me about Jim Tomsula. I’m too hard on the poor guy. He got screwed with a bad roster. No one [...]

By | December 28th, 2015|37 Comments

Bill Walsh and officiating

Here's a link to my Thursday column. The full text runs below: This is about officiating in the NFL. It’s not about what happened to the 49ers last Sunday and what subsequently happened to Pete Morelli’s officiating crew — reassigned, embarrassed — for the bad work it did with the [...]

By | December 3rd, 2015|23 Comments

“The Catch” revisited

Here is a link to my Sunday column about The Catch. The full column appears below: SANTA CLARA — He's still handsome and, at 56, he looks young and his voice is rich and soothing. Someone once said his voice is “all milk and honey.” Dwight Clark. Made “The Catch.” [...]

By | December 22nd, 2013|18 Comments

Comparing Jim Harbaugh and Bill Walsh

Here is the opening to my Monday column comparing the styles of Jim Harbaugh and Bill Walsh: SANTA CLARA -- I compare Jim Harbaugh to Bill Walsh. The comparison is inevitable. I watch Harbaugh work in training camp and I think of Walsh. I compare them. On Sunday, Harbaugh participated [...]

By | August 4th, 2013|15 Comments

Bill and Joe and Jim and Colin

Here is the opening to a column I wrote a while back for the Press Democrat's special section on the 49ers. It is about the Niners' first Super Bowl (well, it starts a little before that), which I covered, and the current Super Bowl attempt, which I am not covering: [...]

By | February 1st, 2013|4 Comments

Bill Walsh vs. Dexter Manley

I promised you this column on Bill Walsh a day ago. It got delayed in publication -- things like that happen depending on the flow of news in daily newspapers -- so here it is now. Former Redskins defensive tackle Dexter Manley, as you may know, accused Bill Walsh of [...]

By | March 12th, 2012|6 Comments

Bill Walsh and dirty play

I wrote a column for Sunday addressing Dexter Manley's claim that Bill Walsh employed a bounty system on the 49ers. This is not that column. I will post it when the Press Democrat puts it on our website. This is an out-take from my research. I spoke to former Niners [...]

By | March 10th, 2012|11 Comments

Walsh vs. Harbaugh

I'm posting my Sunday column in preparation for the Niners game against the Browns. I wrote about what I perceive as the difference between Bill Walsh and Jim Harbaugh when it comes to dealing with the media, people like me. I am writing about this because many readers are curious [...]

By | October 29th, 2011|26 Comments

West Coast Offense has moved beyond Bill Walsh

I wrote my Friday column based on group interviews today with 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Both talked at length about how the West Coast Offense has evolved beyond what Bill Walsh imagined. Fangio went so far as to say no one runs the Bill [...]

By | October 27th, 2011|25 Comments

Al Davis at the restaurant

Bill Walsh told me this one not long before he died. He and Al Davis went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant -- it might have been in Palo Alto. They were having a nice time until one patron noticed them and walked over to their table. The guy [...]

By | October 11th, 2011|19 Comments