Year: 1968

If you want to know why Bill Walsh is so revered, compare a tape of modern football with the version that was played in the 1970s and early 1980s. Combined with the Air Coryell system used by the Chargers, the short, horizontal pass-oriented offense changed the way football was played. 49ers' coach Bill Walsh is widely credited with leading the way, as his San Francisco teams won four Super Bowls and altered much of the traditional formula for success in the NFL. Of course, it did help too that Joe Montana was his quarterback too.