Originally posted by Kaepmandu:
I watched the replay of that game last nite, and one thing that really seemed to stand out to me was the overall speed was a little slower than it is today.
So givin the new and improved training techniques and just the continuing evolution of all sports I don't see those older teams being able to play the same game as today..
Can you imagine if there was a Kaepernick or RGIII back in the 70's 80's?
Ever hear of a guy named Bo Jackson? He played pro football and pro baseball and was an All-Pro in both. He never lifted weights, yet he was stronger and faster than any human being. He would outrun Chris Johnson and out muscle Steven Jackson if he was playing today. He ran a 4.1 40 at the combine, no one has come close since.
On that same note, Jerry Rice developed his athleticism by running a lot, catching bricks, doing it the "old school" way. I don't know if improved training techniques have such a great advantage over natural movements.
The Dallas O-line of the 90's was actually bigger than our current line. I think NFL O-line size had reached its peak in the late 90's, and player's aren't getting any bigger, maybe smaller if anything.
I guarantee that the 89 49ers were not slower. Kaep is faster than Montana. Talyor was just as fast as Moss. Rice was just as fast as Crabtree but quicker than anybody (and was better). Craig was just as fast as Gore. Rathman was just as fast as Miller (and was better). Our O-line was very quick, they were known for their quickness because they were smaller than average.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Feb 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM ]