Copying coaches a way of life

Originally Published: August 15, 2012
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

By all accounts, Bill Walsh was an offensive genius, the Godfather of the West Coast system still in use throughout college and pro football today.

But there are no bounds to knowledge, or innovation in the game, not even for masterminds.

He placed a phone call. Tommy Bowden sat in his Tulane office at 6 a.m. in mid-November 1998, his team still undefeated after a 49-35 victory over Army. He was the only one in the building. He picked up the phone.

It was Walsh.

"He ...

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