Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I don't think that was the case. I think it was more that PB wanted to reward a more senior coach and wanted Walsh to wait his turn. It was more his weird fixation on loyalty that got in the way of his better judgment. The Browns seem to have an almost pathological sense of loyalty that I think stems from Paul Brown's experience of getting fired by Art Modell.
Bill Walsh thanked Paul Brown for giving him an opportunity to coach, but he stated Paul took all the credit when the offenses he created and produced did so well.