Originally Posted by ABQCOWBOY
Martin, Irvin and Harper were not 4.5 guys. Maybe Irvin but the rest you would have to prove to me. Harper could get down the field as I recall. He was a track guy at Tennessee. In addition, we ran a timing offense. Speed is not the most critical piece of the equation in that type of offense. It is a mistake to look at that offense and try to compare it to what we have now. We don't run a timing offense in Dallas any longer. I would also point out that your talking about an offense that is 10 years old plus. Athletes are faster. The game is much different. You can't look at the average speed of WRs then and automatically assume that it works today. Defensive players are quicker and so, offense must be quicker as well.
Harper was a high jumper. Calling him a 'track guy' is disingenuous in a speed discussion. You show me the clip where he blew by any defender in his career. Harper was no faster than Irvin, he simply ran long and jumped well.
Also, go back and look at Parcells' receivers with the Giants. I'll let you tell me which of those guys were speed guys - luckily for you it should be a short list with zero names. Not one of them was a true burner.
As for athletes being faster, so what? Antonio Bryant is no faster than Irvin was, yet he got open long. 4.5 is plenty fast enough if you can run routes and adjust to the ball in the air. Our WRs don't lack speed, although it could be argued that outside of Key and Glenn they lack skill - we just don't know yet with the young guys.