Originally posted by Wubbie:
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
NO MORE SWEEP
NO MORE SWEEP
NO MORE SWEEP!
This is follows by the loud booing of Dexter Carter running the sweep!
That was before my time. What's the story of Dexter Carter and the sweep? I always thought that the problem with the early '90s 49ers was that they had defensive woes?
There were a couple of aspects to it, Wubbie. First, the sweep was to Seifert what between the tackles is for Singletary. Seemingly every lousy down was sweep left. I was at a few of those games and the crowd animosity was very
vocal. There was a real feeling that the genius of Walsh had been replaced by a knuckle-dragging cro-magnon of a coach in Seifert. Sound vaguely familiar? ;)
Carter is the second issue. To understand Carter you first have to meet Dave Meggett. Meggett was a seriously undersized return man and RB for Parcells' Giants. Despite his small size, Meggett was suprisingly successful, largely due to the fact that he was as quick and fast as a mongoose. Remember, the Giants were our archrival at the time and Meggett's speed and quickness gave us fits.
George Seifert decided to fight fire with fire and drafted Carter as his own personal version of a hellfire munchkin. Apparently the coaching staff and management were not at all fond of this idea, but Seifert threw his weight behind the idea and Carter subsequently became known as Seifert's golden boy or pet project.
As you've read above, things did not go well for Carter and he was quickly dubbed Disaster Carter. In fairness (I'm feeling very charitable at the moment) Carter did display flashes of serious potential, but that potential was intersperesed with a real flair for catastrophic, game-ending screw ups--again, sound familiar? ;)
The most frustrating aspect of the Carter/Sweep period was Seifert's bloody minded stubbornness regarding both Carter and the confounded sweep. But, Seifert ploughed ahead with his pet project: he was going to make it work, come hell or high water. Eventually we traded or released Carter, I think the Jets ended up getting him.
Anyway, that's the backstory to Carter, the Sweep, and a stubborn Niners coach. Some things never change, eh?
[ Edited by BubbaParisMVP on Oct 11, 2010 at 14:38:25 ]