Originally posted by matt49er:
Originally posted by 94Niners:
Usually this doesn't happen until after the draft...
Almost two decades of some of the best football ever played with the GOAT and two of the most complete QB's of all time. Why can't we just be thankful that we had Joe and Steve... Not to mention all of the other great players we had back then.
Interesting point though, how many current players would walk on to the SB winning teams. Willis for sure, would Gore displace Watters or Craig? Maybe Vernon Davis in for Brent Jones? Apart from that, I don't see the talent we need to take this team deep into the play-offs next year. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of good and above average players, but few great players, and fewer difference makers.
This team has the talent minus the QB to get into the playoffs. To contend in the playoffs we need the QB+ a revamed secondary and improved passrush.
To say not many current 9ers could walk onto the legendary teams is few is correct. However to dismiss the current team because of that fact is wrong. Those were some of the greatest teams in NFL history with many HOF players and otherwise very good/semi-great players.
Willis and VD could def walk onto those teams and start right now. Gore could displace Watters IMO and I think Walsh would have utilized both Gore and Craig in the same backfield, didn't Craig play some FB in his career as well?
Lots of other players could find a place on the team at least as backups like Crabtree/Iupati/Franklin/J.Smith/T.Spikes/A.Lee
I wish there was a way to see what would have happened had Young started with the 9ers and Montana with the Bucs. Would Young have won all those Superbowls?
Absolutely not as far as Vernon Davis is concerned... Not right.. For the most part, Davis get's by with his natural athletic ability..
In a west coast offense that Bill Walsh ran. Brent Jones is your guy. He was able to make the tough catches as well as the easy ones. He was as sure handed as it got at the TE position. He could take a huge hit and hang on to the ball (Which Vernon has done, in his defense), but Brent was always on the same page with his QB's, he was always great at reading a defense, running great routes, adjusting his routes accordingly, coming back to the ball if his QB got in trouble, finding holes in the defense... Brent was far superior to Vernon in those areas, that are vital to the WCO.
The only avenue Vernon is superior to Jones in would be speed and blocking.. And Jones was a good enough blocker...
And Young, he had to have an incredible complete cast to win his Superbowl. Don't get me wrong I loved Steve.. But what incredible cast of offensive stars did Montana have in Super Bowl 16? Freddie Solomon? Dwight Clark? Russ Francis? Earl Cooper? Those were good players, far from great.... Hell, Roger Craig wasn't there until Super Bowl 19, and he was just a roll player then, who wound up with 3 TD's.. So essentially Montana had just an ok to good offensive staff... And won 2 Superbowls with that...