Lynn Stiles had helped coach UCLA in the early ’70s, coached San Jose State in the mid to late ’70s (he coached Steve DeBerg there), helped coach the Philadelphia Eagles for the first half of the ’80s, and coached the Cal defense for a couple years before he joined the 49ers as a special teams coach in 1987. He stayed on with the 49ers through 1991, then went to the Chiefs. For most of the years since 1992, he’s held front office positions in Kansas City, but he joined Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff for the late ’90s, winning a third Super Bowl with St. Louis. Stiles is now VP of football operations for the Chiefs.
Stiles said this after Bill Walsh’s death: “Certainly he was renowned for his exploits on offense, but way back when, if you look at his past career, he was a defensive coach, too. The combination allowed him to have such a well-rounded knowledge of the game. He understood how to attack coverages, and he really understood game-day adjustments.”