A Nearly Perfect Season : The Inside Story of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers
Overview - The San Francisco 49ers entered the 1984 season determined to erase the memory of their three point loss to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game the year before. Nineteen games later, they had not only won the Super Bowl, they had redefined NFL history by becoming the first team to win 18 games in a single season. Read more...
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The San Francisco 49ers entered the 1984 season determined to erase the memory of their three point loss to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game the year before. Nineteen games later, they had not only won the Super Bowl, they had redefined NFL history by becoming the first team to win 18 games in a single season. Led by Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh and future Hall of Fame players Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, and Fred Dean, the 1984 San Francisco 49ers finished the season with just one defeat. A Nearly Perfect Season: The Inside Story of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers chronicles the story of one of the greatest teams in NFL history. Through in-depth research and extensive interviews, Chris Willis details every aspect of this memorable season, from the preseason training camp through Super Bowl XIX. Inside stories from the 49ers are brought to life in colorful detail, including Joe Montana's penchant for stealing teammates' bikes during camp, the players' pre-game superstitions, and what went on in the 49ers' locker room before Super Bowl XIX. In addition, Chris Willis had complete access to Bill Walsh's game plans and meeting tapes, revealing the intense preparation the coach and his staff went through to give their team the greatest chance for success on the field. Featuring original interviews with more than 30 players from the team--including Dwaine Board, Roger Craig, Fred Dean, Keith Fahnhorst, Riki Ellison, Guy McIntyre, and Keena Turner--and interviews with the coaches and the general manager, this book provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of a season to remember.
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In this detailed account of the San Fransisco 49ers’ 1984 season, historian Willis recounts how the team’s 15-1 regular season that culminated in its Super Bowl XIX victory over the heavily favored Miami Dolphins. Central to the story is the relationship between coach Bill Walsh and his star quarterback Joe Montana. Walsh, who had “gained the reputation as an offensive genius” as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, found his perfect student in Montana, who teammates considered to be the best quarterback ever to play the game. Willis provides full descriptions of each game of the season, even giving details on the television commercials that aired during ABC’s broadcast and mentioning that Apple computers provided 84,000 seat cushions for the wooden seats in Stanford Stadium. Overall, this is a book for hardcore 49ers fans. However much fun it is to find out that television star Teri Hatcher was once on the 49ers cheerleading squad, average football fans may be put off by Willis’s uncritical approach and clichéd prose—“This team would fight for each other and were hungry to prove they were the best team in the National Football League.” (Aug.)