Originally posted by Janitor:
I might have to change my vote to the saints....
that's a hell of a list
But that's the anti-argument for why we wouldn't use SF -- we had a ten year drought, the Saints have had maybe 7 years of strong WR play for their entire history (and many might say that it's Drew Brees).
I'll throw out that Detroit had an interesting run in the mid '90s....Herman Moore and Brett Perriman were first duo in NFL history with 100+ catches in 1995. They also had Johnnie Morton making plays before his last days in the league as a Niner -- I found an article claiming statistically they were better than the '99 Rams offense but were overshadowed due to not going far in playoffs. Naturally they have a powerful WR in Calvin Johnson today, and a decent corps as of late, now bolstered by the future first ballot HOF in Golden Tate.
The Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams had some WRs.....before the greatest show on turf with Bruuuuce, Holt, they had a dynamic duo in the '80s with Willie "Flipper" Anderson and Henry Ellard. This was an underrated dominant pair that definitely gave teams trouble in the '80s. Flipper holds the record for receiving yards in a game (336, weeks apart from John Taylor 286), and that infamous walk off TD through the tunnel of Giants Stadium in '89 playoffs. Ellard while not as flashy once averaged 18-19 ypc in a season, while still racking up 1000 yards.
What about the Dallas Cowboys?? It all started with Drew Pearson and his hail mary catch in the '70s. I'm forgetting some names but I believe they had a decent WR or two to team up with him up the late '70s at least. Naturally a lot of our pain in the early '90s came on the heels of a one Michael Irvin and an Alvin Harper (with legitimate muscle in the slot from K-mart and Kelvin Williams, and a Novacek). The Tony Romo era is full of legit WRs.....TO, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and a lot of names that are escaping me right now!
Everything comes in cycles, and there have been duds for certain franchises which are now highly regarded -- 2013 Chicago Bears and 2011 New York Giants come to mind here. For the longest time I could remember those franchises having nobody at WR, and it was funny how Mike Sherrard went to the Giants in '93 and instantly became Simms' favorite target.