Originally posted by LAFortyNinerfan:
Originally posted by Rojo49:
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by Multibomber:
Simply put: If it wasn't for Deion Sanders, the 49ers would have only 4 Super Bowl victories and the Jets would have Michael Crabtree after he was done sitting out this entire year. We should be kissing his ass!!... With an assist to MC Hammer, thanks as well Hammer!
Very simply put. And with no justification at all for the SB fiction.
That team was perfectly good enough with or without Sanders to go the whole way.
Which team was going to stop us and how?
My general argument is the strength and depth of the whole tram. Steve, Jerry, Watters, Floyd, JT, Brent, and the entire D.
My specific argument? The DBs. Hanks, Timmy Mac, Hall, Cook, Davis and Drakeford. Oh yes, and Sanders.
Good player? Oh yes. Nice to have? Certainly. The difference between winning the SB and not? Give me a break.
Agree, for the most part. However, his impact in the 94 championship was pretty significant. As you may recall, the Cowboys had planned to get Harper the ball early and often, assuming that Deion would be covering Irvin. Ray Rhodes, in a stroke of defensive brilliance, instead put Deion on Harper. This totally confused the Cowboys and led to three turnovers in the first quarter. In this case, Deion's mere presence on the field changed the course of the game. Having Deion in the secondary that season certainly influenced the defensive strategy and allowed Rhodes to do some things he may not have been able to otherwise. Would we have gone all the way without him? Who knows? We were super talented - but it is a game of inches.
It's a given that Deion was a great corner. No one is questioning is impact as a player, rather it's is impact as a player turned mentor where he appears to have become a problem.
Maybe its the other way around, maybe he's trying to mentor these guys because they really need it! You think Tim Tebow needs someone to tell him how to be a responsible adult and how to handle his business? Probably not. Someone like Darren McFadden, who has one brother who is a Crip and another brother who is a Blood, AND has a crack-addicted mother, thats a guy who needs mentoring. So if someone tries to mentor a guy like that and fails, is it really the mentor's fault??
So by my count, Deion won us a Super Bowl by shutting down the Cowboys, then tries to help young guys who dont have the skills to deal with fame and money, AND helps us sign Crabtree... and you wanna get all mad at him???