Originally posted by BobS:
Joe was great, but that is an exaggeration. In all four of his Super Bowl seasons the 49ers had highly ranked defenses. The only offense I would consider loaded with lunch bucket players was 1981 because of the running back by committee that had a low per carry average. Dwight Clark was a pro bowl receiver and Freddie Solomon was no slouch.
Well, no, I think that the gist of what I am saying holds true. The 9ers rarely had more than one or two physical impact players on the front 7, did they? Carter, Dean, Haley later...who am I forgetting? Reynolds had some spirit in the middle, Turner good tackler but small. No disrespect to others, but I am not thinking league leading impact there. The dbackfield had hofer's. But, I don't see the unit being purple people eaters although effective. They benefitted a lot from time of possession being lopsided due to joe running WCO.
Again, I like the O too with some skill players but I don't see physical domination there? On the oline, at rb....just don't. They were a system team run by Joe who made a lot of good choices that I just don't see Elway making, having the temperament to make.