Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came to Dominate the NFL in the '80s

Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came to Dominate the NFL in the '80s

by Bob Glauber

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How three football legends -- Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Parcells -- won eight Super Bowls during the 1980s and changed football forever.
Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells dominated what may go down as the greatest decade in pro football history, leading their teams to a combined eight championships and developing some of the most gifted players of all time in the process.

Walsh, Gibbs and Parcells developed such NFL stars as Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, Art Monk and Darrell Green. They resurrected the careers of players like John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Everson Walls and Hacksaw Reynolds. They did so with a combination of guts and genius, built championship teams in their own likeness, and revolutionized pro football like few others. Their influence is still evident in today's game, with coaches who either worked directly for them or are part of their coaching trees now winning Super Bowls and using strategy the three men devised and perfected.

In interviews with more than 150 players, coaches, family members and friends, GUTS AND GENIUS digs into the careers of three men who overcame their own insecurities and doubts to build Hall of Fame legacies that transformed their generation and continue to impact today's NFL.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538763889
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 141,140
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Born and raised in White Plains, New York, Bob Glauber has been Newsday's national football columnist since 1992. He was Newsday's football writer covering the Jets and Giants, as well as the NFL, from 1989-91. He was selected as the New York State sportswriter of the year in 2015 and 2011 by the National Sports Media Association and is the president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Walsh: Rock Bottom After Being Passed Over 9

Gibbs: An Unlikely Apprenticeship 33

Parcells: The Jersey Guy Who Nearly Blew It from the Start 44

Walsh: Fighting Back from the Brink 57

Gibbs: Nearly Fired Before He'd Even Won a Game 75

Walsh: From Doubt and Desperation to Vindication 90

Gibbs: Going Against Every Fiber of His Being 118

Parcells: Fighting Back While Risking It All 142

Walsh: A Fall from Grace 162

Parcells: Frozen Out One Year, On Top the Next 179

Gibbs: The Hunch That Made All the Difference 208

Walsh: The Pressure from Within and the Impossible Expectations from Outside 221

Parcells: When No One Else Believed… Except Him 247

Gibbs: Raising a Third Trophy 270

Gibbs: Something Had to Give 278

Three Unlikely Coaches, Three Hall of Fame Careers, and a Lasting Impact 283

Acknowledgments 293

Index 297

About the Author 307

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