Two Little Debbies and a cup of coffee
Sanders was the one type of back that wouldve been a good thing for the phins while Marino was playing.
Originally Posted by 4th And Drunk
For years Ive heard the argument that all Marino needed was a running game and he wouldve won SBs. To me, this is absolute bull****. The last time I checked, a running game was part of the offense. When Dan Marino is your QB, you are good on offense. In fact, youre so good on offense, that trying to make a better running game wouldve been a total waste. All getting a good running game would do is take the ball out of the hands of the best player in the world. To me, that seems counter productive.
No. What Marino needed was a DEFENSE! Just check all the years that the phins had a good defense before the late 90's. Each of those years were the ones Marino was able to take them deep in the playoffs. Give him the #1 defense that Montana, Aikman, and Young enjoyed with those 2 SB teams and I promise you that Dan Marino wouldve delivered SB titles without a running game. When Marino is your QB, youre scoring plenty of points with or without a running game. What you need is to keep the other team from scoring so many points. While I understand that a rushing attack can limit how long your defense may be on the field, the fact is if they are any good, they are going to get off the field themselves by stopping the opposing offense. In turn, that will put the ball back in Marino's hands which will of course result in touchdowns and victories.
Having said all of that, Sanders was the one type of back who couldve been very useful to Marino. Just giving Sanders 15 carries a game wouldve been worth it. For one thing, he is going to hit the occasional homerun himself, therefore making it less of a problem not just letting Marino throw it. But, also any potential handoff to that guy is a SERIOUS threat to the opposing defense. Just the fact that they wouldve had to honor that so much more than handing it off to a regular type of running back, even a successful one, gives Marino that much more ability to harm them with his passes. Point being, handing it off to THAT GUY as opposed to another running back, even a good one, would not have been wasting opportunities for Marino. Sanders was the one guy who could equal the threat of Marino throwing when the ball is in his hands.
Any other RB though....... **** all that just, I wouldve just let Marino throw it 60 times and wished the opposing defense good luck.