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| ... that James Wilder was the best running back he ever played against.
That's quite a testimonial for Wilder.
It's funny you mentioned Wilder. I remember when the Giants faced Bo Jackson for the only time in 1989, Belichick was asked what his thoughts were to be ready for Bo and he said this:
|''He's the best runner I've seen,'' said Bill Belichick, the Giants' defensive coordinator, ''and I've coached against O. J. Simpson, Earl Campbell, James Wilder and Eric Dickerson. He has size and speed and vision and quickness and explosiveness.''
Think about that. Belichick put Wilder in there with 3 Hall of Famers. His career was wasted in Tampa Bay.
That said, if BBI was around in 1985, the pitchforks would have been out in this game. The Bucs were 0-8 and had the worst defense in the NFL and it was a dogfight. One of the reasons I like going back and doing the old game reviews, is at times, the combination of nostalgia and age tend to make the past so much more rosy than it really was. For every game we saw the Giants blow in the later Coughlin years and all the hyperbole that it never happened under Parcells, I would see games that were all very similar, and yes, the great Giants defense at times did struggle. There were times that Parcells had them flat and they were lucky to win. Not everything was 49-3 vs. the 49ers in 1986. http://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/23/sports/giants-know-this-they-must-stop-bo.html
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