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Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Walsh vs. Brown, part 4

Bill Walsh, who died in 2007, is part of an nfl.com video about his tense professional relationship with Paul Brown, when Walsh was Brown’s offensive coordinator (1968-75) with the Cincinnati Bengals. In the video, giving his interpretation of the clash of coaching titans (Brown passed over Walsh for the Bengals head-coaching position), Walsh said Brown felt a coach had to have “the bearing and formality to be a taskmaster (and that) nobody could have this intellectual approach to the game… Read More »

Walsh vs. Brown, part 3

In a compelling six-minute video on nfl.com, narrator Steve Sabol points out the branches on the Paul Brown coaching tree include Super Bowl winners Weeb Ewbank, Don Shula, Chuck Noll and Bill Walsh. But, emphasizing the friction between Walsh and Brown when Walsh was Brown’s offensive coordinator at Cincinnati (1968-75), Sabol says “Walsh was no disciple. He was a rebel.” One spot in the video has Brown saying “no, no,” in response to Walsh requesting that quarterback Ken Anderson be… Read More »

Walsh vs. Brown, part 2

Bob Trumpy was a four-time Pro Bowl tight end during his 10-year NFL career, all with the Bengals, all but two with Bill Walsh, when Walsh was offensive coordinator under head coach Paul Brown. In an intriguing six-minute video at nfl.com, Trumpy says: “West Coast offense was born in Cincinnati  … totally the invention of Bill Walsh.” The video shows a sampling of plays the Bengals ran under Walsh and plays the 49ers ran under Walsh. Delayed draws, swing passes… Read More »

Bill Walsh vs. Paul Brown

You may know that before Bill Walsh became a three-time Super Bowl-winning coaching legend in San Francisco in the 1980s, he spent eight years (1968-75) as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals under legendary head coach Paul Brown. And you may know that Walsh and Brown had a tense relationship and that when Brown, who also was a controlling owner of the Bengals, finally retired from the field, he named longtime crony and offensive line coach Bill Johnson, instead of… Read More »

Campbell is no Stabler

In Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the 49ers, Raiders QB Jason Campbell completed 8 of 21 passes for 83 yards, with two interceptions. His 10.7 passer rating was the worst by a Raiders quarterback since Ken Stabler’s 9.9 rating (8-of-24, 113 yards, four picks) in a 14-10 loss to the Bengals on Oct. 19, 1975. But Campbell is no “Snake.” Stabler went on to lead the 1975 Raiders to an 11-3 record, and then a 31-28 playoff win over those Bengals… Read More »