Originally posted by GNielsen:Originally posted by JoseCortez:Not me. That 94 team had a very suspect defense. And if last years offense scored on the first drive without giving the ravens short fields, and didn't commit two turnovers, we would have had a different game. Sloppy offense, no ball control makes it harder on the defense.
The '94 defense was sixth in the league in points allowed and the offense was first in the league. In the Super Bowl, the defense gave up 26 points and 16 of them were allowed during what anyone would describe as "garbage time." The Niners were up 35-10 before the Chargers scored their last 16 points. So, you're just flat-out wrong on a few things. This team would have won anyway because this team scored 31 points (hint: that's more points than 26). The 94 defense was in no way, shape or form, a "suspect defense". The front seven included Rickey Jackson, Gary Plummer, Ken Norton, Richard Dent, Charles Man, Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield who had his best year. The corners were Deion Sanders and Eric Davis (Sanders once said that Davis was the best corner he ever played across from). Merton Hanks made the pro bowl that year at safety. Sanders was defensive player of the year.
So Jose Cortez, you're just wrong, wrong, wrong.
Just ask the cowboys. If the niners weren't spotted 21 points in the championship game, they lose. That defense was getting moved on. It wasn't a bad defense but it wasn't a Super Bowl defense. It was 14-0 when the defense let Stan humphries drive down the field to make it 14-7. If the offense didn't score it would have been a different Super Bowl. And the chargers ran the ball back on a kickoff in that one too!
Oh and what does ranking have to do with anything? Last years team ranked higher than the 94 team. And what do individual players have to do with anything? Defense is a collaborative effort.