Saturday, December 15, 2012
FRSDailyPost: NFLN: A Football Life: Marcus Allen: What Could've Been For Marcus and The Raiders
I rather write a blog about what a great career that Marcus Allen had who might of been the most talented. Running back of all time, its between Marcus and Walter Payton for that as far as I'm concern and. I would give the edge to Jim Brown as far as whose the best but I'm not going to write a blog about. How great a career that Marcus had and its not because he didn't have a great career because he certainly did. The rewards are there, the numbers are there, where he ranked in this era are there as well and course he's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So the career that Marcus did has speaks for itself but what stands out for me is what could've been. For Marcus and the Los Angeles Raiders had Al Davis's ego not of been bigger then the love he had for the Raiders. And had Marcus Allen not of been misused and underused and had the Raiders simply used Marcus for. What he was which was a great all around tailback who was the best player on the Raiders team in the 1980s.
When the Raiders did use Marcus correctly from 1983-85, you saw the results the 1983 Raiders win Super Bowl 18. With one of the best teams of all time I would argue the best Raiders team of all time and in 1984 and 85. They were in position to make more runs at the Super Bowl but came up short in the AFC Playoffs. The Raiders should've took the mantle from the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s and had become the team. Of the 1980s instead of the San Francisco 49ers or had at least been the franchise that dominated the. AFC in the 1980s and had at least of competed with the San Francisco 49ers to see who would've been. The franchise of the 1980s but again they underused Marcus, instead of using his as their featured back. And designing the offense around him to go with their vertical passing game, they used him like he. Was any other player, constantly looking for his replacement rather then realizing they already had. The best all around RB in the NFL.
When you think of the Los Angeles Raiders of the 1980s, you think of Marcus Allen and great defenses. With an incredible pass rush that could get to the QB with just the defensive line, that was also great against the run. That had not one but two cover cornerbacks in Lester Hays and Mike Haynes and of course the big play passing game. And yet this is a franchise that yeah won two Super Bowls in the 1980s but they probably should've won. At least two more because they were as talented and as good as anyone in the NFC and better then anyone. In the AFC but they came up short because they didn't use their best weapon who also happened to. Be the best overall running back in the NFL at the time.