Billy Beane mentioned he would love to accomplish what Bill Walsh had in the BayArea (yes, it is one word). Building a championship team with interchangeable parts on the field and in the front office and those who left the organization being successful with the same strategies. Of course, what Beane may have meant was that he would like to accomplish what Paul Brown was able to accomplish.I think that the Billy Beane/Bill Walsh comparison is fair. Where Paul Brown was certainly the patriarch of the Walsh "family," Sandy Alderson gave Beane his start and introduced him to the work of Bill James.
Parts of the West Coast Offense (or WCO) approach were conceptualized and implemented by such historical football figures as Paul Brown and Sid Gillman, but it was really Walsh who brought the system to fruition. - ProFootballProspectus.comTry that statement again like this: "Parts of the approach were conceptualized and implemented by such historical baseball figures as Sandy Alderson, but it was really Beane who brought the system to fruition." Doesn't that sound about right?