Originally posted by bigmur49:
Originally posted by ezrider:
We would have won the Super Bowl that season with or without Sanders. He was just one star amongst many. We had Tim McDonald, Tyrone Drakeford, Merton Hanks, Dana Hall. We weren't exactly hurting in the secondary without him. He didn't stick around because he hated to share the spotlight with the GOAT, Jerry Rice. Let's keep our facts straight.
We had all those players the two years before too and Dallas took it to us, especially the secondary (remember Alvin Harper). Deion definitely made a HUGE difference. That being said I don't know if anyone would have stopped Young that season.
I guess I misspoke in a way. We destroy San Diego, Deion or no Deion. Save for 55-10, I can't recall a bigger anti-climax than that Superbowl. Ultimately, the goal of that season was to beat Dallas which we did twice that year in two tough games. Primetime made that possible by taking away the aforementioned wideout who usually destroyed us.
I honestly believe we've not seen a better cornerback in the NFL since. It wasn't just some perception of his dominance as someone suggested. The guy was a freak of nature out there. As good as we were, Dallas was a juggernaut. We needed every single superstar on our squad to beat them but I believe the piece that really put us over the top was him. It was tough enough with
him but imagine us playing the Cowboys with Tyrone Drakeford or Toi Cook instead. I can't with confidence say we'd have had the same results twice that year.
[ Edited by joesfumanchu on Mar 31, 2009 at 8:18 PM ]