Having grown up in the 60's as an ardent Niner's fan, here are my comments:
Joe Perry- maybe, but Rathman is my guy here.
Roger Craig- definitely not. The benefactor of Walsh's new system put him on the map but, cannot hold the jockstrap of Frank Gore, the absolute best all around back in Niner history
Owens- maybe, for 4 years, nobody scared defenses more after the catch then John Taylor. Not even Jerry Rice. I am sure he led the NFL in YAC between the years of 89-93. He had great hands
and was a ferocious blocker. He did not have the longevity that Owens had so I can see the argument. But I would take Taylor at his best.
Vernon Davis- correct
Bob St Clair- overrated. Saw him play often. A SF legend having played highschool, college and pro football at Kezar Stadium. He was kind of a side show. 6' 9", ate raw steak in front of reporters.
Kind of gangly and slow. Love having him in our history but for my money, give me Harris Barton here.
Joe Staley- correct
Randy Cross- okay
Forrest Blue- yeah, maybe Jesse Supolu
4 Man D-Line- Hardman DE, Justin Smith DT, Bryant Young DT and Tommy Hart DE. No disrespect to Nomellini, he was a legend and got to meet him as a kid. Totally in awe, but no pure 49er DE
was as good as Hart all around. He and Hardman were the best rushing DE tandem in 49 history. Sacked the Ram's QB 10 times on a MNF game.
Dave Wilcox- they got that right. Smartest LB in our history. Could do it all. A real stud.
Haley- correct, even though the guy is a sicko.
Willis-correct, Bowman too with a 4 LB defense. Maybe over Willis with a 3 man set.
Jimmy Johnson- nobody comes close as a cover corner in our history other than one year Deion.
Eric Wright- correct
Lott- of course
MacDonald- okay, maybe Dwight Hicks at FS and Lott at SS might have been a better tandem. Hicks could pick and was very smart.
Wershing- yes, wish his leg had been stronger. Was money from 40 on in.
Andy Lee- correct
Abe Woodson- my Niner crush as a kid. Glad to see him here he was phenomenal.
[ Edited by 60sFan on Mar 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM ]