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TLH: Emmitt vs. Barry, a Favorite Debate

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Hostile, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Happen upon a Dallas Cowboys forum, and at some point you are likely to find a spirited debate about who was better, Emmitt Smith or Barry Sanders. Last week in my article I made an off handed comment laughing at the idea of Barry being a better player than Emmitt. I felt it would be fun this week before players report to Training Camp in Oxnard, California to defend my “Pfft.” I won’t have an opportunity to do so once football is real again.

    Let me begin by saying that I am possibly Barry Sanders’ harshest critic. I am not delusional. He was an exciting player, perhaps one of the most exciting to ever play the game. However, I am being serious when I tell you, that under no circumstance would I ever want Barry Sanders on my football team. In fact, I often say there are at least twenty Running Backs I would take over Barry Sanders. Is that silly of me? In the minds of some people I am sure it is. Allow me to defend my position.

    There is no denying Barry Sanders’ big play ability. He was capable of things other RBs simply cannot do, except maybe Gale Sayers. My problem with Barry Sanders lies in the fact that he tried to do those big plays so often that he far too often handicapped his team.

    I was a Fullback, and there is no greater feeling for a FB than having your lead block open a hole for the RB to hit. TheDetroit Lions rarely used a FB. The main reason for this was Barry did not hit holes. He danced around, making people miss until he could break free. Not going to lie, that drove me crazy. It was exciting, no doubt, but it drove me nuts. Give me a RB who is going to try to move forward over a ballerina any day of the week.
  2. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Sanders didn't hit holes and managed to break 2000 yards... Can you imagine what he could have done if he had hit those holes?

    All sarcasm aside, I agree that his game was uniquely unusual and there was no great way to craft a Superbowl calibre offense around him.
  3. Red Dragon

    Red Dragon Well-Known Member

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    I do think that Sanders - on the 1990s Cowboys team - might have accomplished more than Emmitt.
  4. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Hostile. No question, Barry had more break-away ability than Emmitt. But Emmitt was the better back. He never had to be taken out of the game like Barry did. Barry would take a team's breath away; Emmitt would destroy a team's will.
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  5. the wit 82

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  6. the wit 82

    the wit 82 Member

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    great article!! Totally agree!!
  7. Plumfool

    Plumfool Active Member

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    People who argue Barry over Emmitt confuse Barry "running ability" with him being a running back. Without a doubt Smith was a better football player thus making him the better running back.
  8. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    If I need to win a game, five me Emmitt. If I'm buying a ticket, give me Barry.

    Emmitt was more complete as a player, but he was not I'm Barry's class as a runner. If the two were on opposite teams. Barry would have made the HoF as a Cowboy, but Emmitt in the Lions? Not so sure.

    And for context Emmitt is my favorite Cowboy off all time.
  9. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Always an interesting topic!
  10. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    I stopped reading there.
  11. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I doubt you are alone, but I was not joking.
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  12. Clove

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    Barry Sanders, hands down, the best most electrifying runner I've ever seen in my life. Emmitt, a pure winner. I'll take the winner.
  13. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but saying Sanders was a hindrance to his team is ridiculous.
  14. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    You didn't read the next line, you say, and I admit people may think that. I don't care. I meant it.
  15. zack

    zack Well-Known Member

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    It really sucked living in Detroit at the time these guys played. I was always in an arguement with Lions fans. Even after he walked out on them, those fools were chanting his name in the game when Emmitt came to town. It was the same season he broke the record.

    It's not like he didn't have good blocking. A guy I played with in college, Tom Beer played for the lions. He was primarily a LB/ST player. He actually started for the Lions at FB against the Giants. I was getting so pissed because be was blowing his guy up at the LOS and Barry never followed the blocker. Go back and watch film, there were plenty of holes for him, He simply did not follow them.

    I always said Barry would have never flourished with the Cowboys. He would never hit the hole or follow his blocks. Emmitt all day any day. Sorry Barry.
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  16. LatinMind

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    Barry success came because of talent but also detroit ran 4 and 5 wr set 100% of the time. They didnt need a FB.
  17. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Didn't know Det ran 4 or 5 wide back then....
  18. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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    Are you saying it should be obvious that they were running the run & shoot back then? I know you are not serious.
  19. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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    Sanders was the better runner,Emitt the best RB overall, meh.
  20. Nav22

    Nav22 Well-Known Member

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    Nicely written, Hos. It's not all about highlight-reel plays. You NEED those 4 yards on 1st down to set up 2nd and 6. Dancing around and losing a yard puts your offense in a hole, and nobody danced around and lost yardage more often than Barry.

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