Posted by Andy Benoit
Upon getting the Stanford head coaching job in 2007, John Harbaugh got an endorsement from the legendary Bill Walsh. Presumably, Walsh would be a fan of Harbaugh stepping in as the newest head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Harbaugh plans to run a variation of the West Coast offense that Walsh first invented. According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Bay Area, Harbaugh will soon spend time watching extensive 1980s video of Walsh and his staff implementing the system. Maiocco writes, “The 49ers recently received a shipment of tapes and DVDs from NFL Films that contains videos of Walsh and some of his offensive coordinators through the years installing the offense. The 49ers' library of videos at the team's offices in Santa Clara had been decimated through the years with numerous coaches ‘borrowing’ the resources and failing to return them.”
Walsh taped all meetings during his tenure, and NFL Films backed up many of the tapes. "We're all very excited about that," Harbaugh said. "(Receivers coach) John Morton, myself, (quarterbacks coach) Geep Chryst, we're all kind oWf champing at the bit to get our hands on that."
Harbaugh has already reviewed every snap of the Niners’ 2010 season, and he has spoken with a majority of the players. He’ll spend most of his time working with the offense, as Vic Fangio will oversee the defense.
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