Originally posted by BrodieFan:
I guess I don't understand why there is so much anger at the comparison. Raye's system is admittedly similar to Norv Turner. The line they're building is big and bruising and uses a very similar blocking scheme. Frank Gore IS a very similar runner in that he hits the holes hard, but has moves to make DB's whiff on the tackles. They'll use the blocking back just like the Cowboys did. I think Michael Irvin is the best comparison for Crabtree.
I've always thought they were trying to build an early to mid 90's Cowboys-like offense and a early 00's Ravens-like setup for the defense. I can't stand the Cowboys either, just like most long-time Niner fans, but let's be honest - that early to mid-90's Cowboys team was a great team.
The only reason there is so much anger at the comparison is because everyone hates the Cowboys and comparing us to them is an insult to some. Our offense is indeed being built like theirs was in the early 90s. Unfortunately, we don't have the same talent on the offensive line - not even close. I don't think Emmitt Smith was such a great RB, he benefitted from having such a dominating offensive line. He obviously had to be a good back to do some of the things he did, but I feel if someone like Frank Gore was put behind an O-Line as dominant as Emmitt's was, Gore would put up some colossal numbers that would make people sick. Hell, Gore was dominant in 06, and that line was nowhere near as good as Dallas' in the early 90s.
The comparison of Hill to Aikman was ridiculous. As much as I hate to admit it, Aikman was one of the better QBs of all time (not top 10 material or anything like that, but he was good). We also don't have anyone with the playmaking ability of Michael Irvin (
) - yet. I think Crabtree can be a better receiver than Irvin ever was if things go right.
As the article mentions, our defense is nothing like theirs. As BrodieFan says, our defense is more like the Ravens of the early 2000s, only not as good. But since defense is 1/3 of the game, and since we're not mimicking anybody's special teams, having an offense similar to Dallas' means only 1/3 of our team is in any way similar to Dallas' of the early 90s. So how exactly are we trying to be the Cowboys again?
[ Edited by 49erRider on Jul 15, 2009 at 2:16 PM ]