LOS ANGELES — If you really want to understand how Shonda Rhimes has changed the television game, perhaps the best analogy comes from the world of sports.

Ever heard of Bill Walsh?

If not, that’s OK. The legendary football coach developed the West Coast Offense, a strategy that diversified the air attack with quick passes to involve more receivers. Referred to in one documentary as “volumes of poetry in motion,” this revolutionary system won the San Francisco 49ers three Super Bowls in the ’80s — and has become the blueprint for nearly every offense in the NFL.

Before his death in 2007, Walsh formed the base of a family tree with more than “25 descendants,” including multiple Super Bowl champions. He built a legacy not just by being a visionary coach, but by being a great teacher. Read more…

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