Making our way to the third installment of our five-part video series on the San Francisco 49ers, we change gears a bit, turning the attention toward the first-person analyses of former NFL offensive lineman Guy McIntyre, who is now the Director of Alumni for the club.
Regarded as a 49er-lifer, McIntyre is easily among the most decorated guards in the history of the National Football League.
As the No. 73 overall pick by coach Bill Walsh in the 1984 draft, McIntyre played O-line for the ‘Niners for 12 years, during which time he was crowned a three-time Super Bowl champion and a five-time Pro Bowler.
He was part of the sharp climb in the 80s that is now known as a dynasty, even serving as a prominent starter for the 1989 49ers, which many would argue was the best team to ever grace pro football.
In this clip, Guy McIntyre provides his insight on the present state of the 49ers by reflecting on the past.
Guy McIntyre on Great Coaches
McIntyre identifies the advantage coaches Bill Walsh and Jim Harbaugh came in with, having joined the NFL after impressive runs with Stanford University. When it came to scouting talent to build their teams for the future, the timing just worked out.
Competing directly in the college ranks, both men had an understanding of the landscape and the players coming out.
For those who don’t recall or were too young when it happened, while Montana was making a name for himself at Notre Dame (1975-1978), Walsh put together a 17-7 record with consecutive bowl wins from 1977-78 in Palo Alto, via Pro Football Reference.
During his college career, Montana was not a starter—he only had 515 attempts in four years at the school—but he was a gamer, which was well documented in the lionized "Chicken Soup Game" in his senior season. A lot of people believe that is when "Joe Cool" was born.
In 1979, new 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. hired Walsh away from nearby Stanford, Montana left the Irish to declare for the draft, and when the No. 82 overall pick came about in a then-11-round draft, the head coach and quarterback finally found each other.
The rest is history.
Moreover, the point that McIntyre alludes to is that, had Walsh not left the NFL (Cincinnati Bengals) to go back to college for those two years prior to joining the 49ers, he might not have had the same conviction to draft and insert Montana into the lineup.
It was a subtle career move by Walsh, which became a scouting advantage that changed the history of the 49ers forever.
In 2011, it happened again...
As part of his grand plan to remedy the quandary behind center, Harbaugh implemented Walsh’s 40-year-old blueprint. Seeing as how the college coaching career of Jim Harbaugh and playing career of Colin Kaepernick overlapped perfectly from 2007-2010, there was an indirect knowledge of one another.
They were on the same coast, even, separated by all of a four-hour drive from Stanford to Nevada-Reno.
Harbaugh being in proximity to Kaepernick during those critical years in the NCAA gave him the inside track on the QB going into the 2011 NFL draft. And like McIntyre says, "the instincts of a coach can pick up a lot." Other than his sidearm delivery and small-school status in the lowly WAC, what wasn't there to like about Kaepernick?
Directed and produced by Dylan DeSimone and David Haladjian. Special thanks to Guy McIntyre, the San Francisco 49ers, Michael Zagaris, the city of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library and the staff at Candlestick Park.