Re: SI's Damon Hack
posted at 11/5/2011 2:18 AM EDT
In Response to Re: SI's Damon Hack
[QUOTE]It's VERY comparable. McCourty can be Law in his year 2, it's not like Otis Smith was some lock down CB on the right side. This D is deeper up front with FAR MORE talent than that D Line. Of course Jay Shizzzly was probably 4 years old in 1996. lol Clueless. Yeah, Sagapolatele, Mike Jones, Chad Eaton, etc are better than this D Line now. Please. The LBS are more athletic here down the middle to boot. And Chung is clearly Milloy effective level as a SS.
Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]
First of all, the 1996 defensive line also had McGinest who was at the time probably playing better than anyone on the current d-line. Jones was better than you are giving him credit for and the linebackers of Slade, Ted Johnson and Todd Collins wer far better than Spikes, Mayo and Ninkovich. The LBs may be more atheletic today when being tested at the combine, but it was a different NFL back then. The average player today is probably more "athletic" than the all but the top guys back then.
In passing situations, they used Bruschi and Slade as ends. So on the whole, I would say yes the line was probably as good maybe better. The whole front seven was definitely better in '96.
You are crazy if you think Chung is as good as Milloy. Maybe he will be when his career is established, but Milloy was once a first team All-Pro at SS. The rest of the secondary is not even close. McCourty this year is not playing anything close to the level that Law was back then. I think anyone would take Otis Smith and Willie Clay over Arrington and the FS of the Week.
By the way, I was in my 30's and a season ticket holder in '96 so I remember that team quite well.