Discussion in 'NFL Football Forum' started by SammyBlueCat, Apr 7, 2019.
Do I need to say it???
Yeah, that guy was waterbug-like quick!
People shat on him for his record negative yardage, but either way, watching Barry was a treat that should be revered.
Quick as a bird in flight.
He really was one of those guys who just stood out as something completely next level. I don't know if there is anyone in the league who can do to today's defenders what Barry was doing to those of his time. Just complete, constant embarrassment at times.
I have very very mixed feelings on the player.
On one hand he was a generational talent at RB. On the other I don't think most teams could have ever won a championship with him being a key part of their offense. That's a weird thing to say about a player that is so talented and had so many big plays.
I see Sanders like one of those outside WRs looking to hit big plays down the field. Only each incompletion doesn't only lose you a down, but yards as well. Overall you get a huge net gain and a lot of scores but what isn't on the stat sheet is how many drives were wasted because he tried to make a big play happen. In all honesty it's a bit of a selfish style. You get big yards and stats but at the cost of sustainability and consistency.
On the Lions it didn't matter as they were desperate for big plays anyway they could get them and probably couldn't sustain long drives in any case. On a championship team that could sustain drives you have to wonder how they would feel about such a style. Maybe that team would honestly be better off with a back willing to run behind a solid offensive line and get them into manageable downs as well as convert 3rd downs rather than go boom or bust in their running game.
Yes he'll give you a score a play he'll make all by himself but what about the other drives he sabotages (for lack of a better term)?
I just am not a fan of it as part of a winning formula, yet I'm in awe of the ability.
Awesome! Now show all the tackle for losses Barry sustained!
A quick search I did said he had 336 carries that were for negative yards.
He played 10 years. That’s about 32 negative carries per year, so two per game.
Even though those could hurt a drive, I’m fine with that risk and I bet a lot of teams would be able to win with him as their RB.
This is going to be an actual test of what the youngins think and what the oldies witnessed.
Barry Sanders was just a once in a lifetime talent. Just unbelievable.
He is the greatest and classiest running back I've ever seen play. Point blank.
And for the record he's not dead.
Sanders was a human highlight reel and worthy of the accolades, but it will always be Walter Payton for me. He was my first football hero and will always be my favourite.
What you say is applicable to most star running backs. Campbell and Peterson come to mind.
Sanders' tackles behind the line of scrimmage were prominent because the guy is a frigging superstar. Every back gets buried a few times.
First career carry vs. Pats.
That guy was crazy to watch. I remember a thanksgiving day game where they almost had him wrapped up for a ten yard loss, he gets away, fumbles, recovers his own fumble gets away again and gained six yards positive. Doesn’t seem like much but if you turn two disasters into plus yardage??
So an average of 95 positive yards per game for 10 years!!
97 - 2 = 95 (it's early so check my math...lol)
LMAO @ the negative yard crowd. When you play for the Lions, sometimes while down by 10 late trying to turn a 3 yard gain into a 10 year gain will result in getting caught behind the LoS.
His college average YP carry = 10.2
His pro average YP carry = 5
And by the way, he could catch the ball out of the backfield. Negative yards....too funny.
I mean, yes. He's at the top of the list. He was generational (still haven't really seen anyone like him - Dion Lewis had a bit of it in him). He did it for a decade.
But us 'olds' that saw him play (and in college as well, returning kicks even), also know...
He can't make the list, obviously, but...there is...another...
Sign the beast!
Can he play Tight End and block?
Being able to watch this guy in his prime was a privilege. In my mind, he's the best RB to play... and I know many will disagree (and I'm very okay with that). I just saw this guy do things that defy physics, he was durable and he had all the tools. Great player.
Agree, he was unreal.
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