Originally Posted by FuzzyLumpkins
Sorry stan, I love your analysis but I am not buying this. When Coryell was doing his thing, DBs could ride receivers around the field anywhere on the field. Fouts played in that environment and flourished.
Physical play will beat the jam and even the minimal handfightng that is still allowed from time to time downfield. That's why we go after big WR like we do.
Rushing success does not correlate to wins but rushing attempts do. Our problem is that we abandon the run and I am not exactly sure that Norv would buck that trend. I haven't followed SD much.
Players were able to beat the jam because they were used to beating the jam. In today's NFL, size matters over quickness and players throw up there hands and complain about contact rather than using it to their advantage.
The most successful Coryell receivers were either quick like Jefferson/Joiner or had a sense of using the defender's own aggression against them like Irvin (hand fight, hand fight, push off, who are they going to call). They also had the benefit of a TE to challenge safeties like Winslow and Novacek. I think Witten is top 5 all-time but we see LBs running with him all the time.
You can look but prior to the Washington game I said that if the officials took a let them play attitude, Dallas' offense was in big trouble. Watch the all-22, they let them play down the field and it threw off the timing. The few games a year the officials took that attitude are the few games that Romo, and by extension Dallas, really struggled.