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Ronnie Lott Compares Kyle Shanahan to Bill Walsh

Tristan Jung
Ronnie Lott has compared 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan to Bill Walsh.
Ronnie Lott has compared 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan to Bill Walsh. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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Bill Walsh will always be the first name that comes to mind when it comes to great San Francisco 49ers coaches. In addition to revolutionizing offense for all of football by bringing in the "West Coast" passing attack that still provides the base of many NFL systems today, Walsh led the 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in 10 years.

Hall-of-Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, who played for Walsh over those 10 seasons, recently compared current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan to Walsh in an interview with Sirius XM.

Being compared to Walsh is high praise enough, but Lott went further, essentially stating that Shanahan's innovative offensive system is the modern-day equivalent of Walsh's transformational offense in the 1980s.

They’re there on the offense and the reason I think that they’re there on the offense is that, and I’ve said this is, Kyle is our version of Bill Walsh. I think he’s one of the most innovative guys in pro football when it comes to offense.

Ronnie Lott

From his time with the Atlanta Falcons to last year's Super Bowl run, Shanahan has built some of the best and most creative offenses in football. Lott seems to think that Shanahan's tenure with the 49ers harkens back to Lott's own time with the team, which is good news for 49ers fans.

Shanahan's father Mike was part of the Walsh coaching tree, so the comparison is actually a pretty natural one. San Francisco fans are certainly hoping that Lott's comparison will bear out in the season ahead, as the 49ers hope to return to the Super Bowl.



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