Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
No comparison really...JR+JT ('87-95) had 2 HOF QB's throwing to them, won 3 rings, and were on teams for most of that period that weren't depleted by FA and the cap
JR+TO ('96-'00) had Young whose career was cut short, Rice was hurt in '97, '99 and 2000 were down years teamwise, and Garcia only put up good #'s in Rice's final season of 2000, plus you factor in the FA/cap hits that contributed to the team decline
Not sure where you are going with this, but for the record the Rice/Taylor tandem needs to be ranked higher than the Rice/TO tandem simply because there was a better synergy with Taylor at his prime at the same time as Rice as opposed to the older not as lethal Rice that played with an up and coming TO. This is not a cut & paste of early '90s Rice with early '00s TO, haha.
So beyond defending my favorite all time son of SF, it's just the right choice. Yes, Taylor played on more complete teams with a better QB....but does anyone ever stop and talk about just how underrated Taylor was?
The two 90+ TDs in one game and 286 yards receiving in one game (#3 all time, was #2 until Rice broke it with 289). Scored the only touchdowns against the Giants all of 1990. Has a 97 yard TD against Falcons. Caught a TD pass on Deion from Steve Bono. And constantly a thorn against the Rams, even in '94/'95 down years. All of this with a huge underachieving reputation. Dude was incredible!
As a side note, props to Henry Ellard/Flipper Anderson......always a respected tandem rival that did their thing.
And not sure if Irvin/Harper made the list....very good, and HOF every time they played us.
[ Edited by JTsBiggestFan on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM ]