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.
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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
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
About the Author 307