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I wouldn't go that far. Not any RB should have had success, but I do think good running backs could have done alright behind those lines. They wouldn't have done as well as Emmitt, but they would have done okay. The running backs that backed up Emmitt during the early 90s were not good. They weren't even average. Emmitt's best backup was Chris Warren and Warren was at the downside of his career by the time he played in Dallas. Curvin Richards, Derrek Lassic, Lincoln Coleman, Sherman Williams, Michael Wiley and Troy Hambrick were below average running backs.Emmitt didn’t just have a free ride to the endzone. He ran people over, had the best stiff arm in football and could certainly put a move on a defender. I never seen many RBs run into a crowd of defenders and still break through. Oline was good, but any RB should’ve had success if that was the case.
It was a good offensive line even when it was made up of a few different line ups. I believe there was a different starting center in each of the 3 Superbowl wins. The combination of that line and Emmitt was special. I don't think other top backs would have meshed quite as well with that line as Emmitt did, but they probably would have done alright.