Looking at teammates who were the very best at their positions

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When 49ers linebackers NaVorro Bowman retired, Bowman said he believes he and former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis were the best teammates to play the position.

So that got us to thinking, which at times may be a bad thing. Who were the best teammates of all time to play the same position?

Simms was ready to dominate, but he quickly was dominated. Again.

For the full selections and analysis, check out the video. Then, add some of your own suggestions.

39 responses to “Looking at teammates who were the very best at their positions

  1. At linebacker, it would be Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier, but also Jack Ham and Lambert…Urlacher and Briggs were great also, as was Nickerson and Brooks for Tampa

  2. Doesn’t date well but Gronkowski and Hernandez.

    Dunn and Alstott come to mind also.

  3. Lots of combos at Receiver…especially Harrison and Wayne for Indy, Stallworth and Swann, Maynard and Sauer for the Jets…Berry and Moore for the Baltimore Colts…

  4. No… off the top of my head I’d take LT and Carl Banks over these two any day, and I’m sure there are plenty of others!

  5. I’ll have to start with the 2 Best Corners. The Raiders Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes. Never have been two superior shutdown corners like these two been put on the same defense.

  6. Florio was definitely right on Carter and Moss over Swann and Stallworth, but I would argue that Montana and Young belong on the list ahead of Favre and Rodgers. Young frequently filled in for Montana and he played very well in those situations. People didn’t worry much when Young had to play. When Favre and Rodgers played together, there was no indication that Rodgers was anything like what he became. People were legitimately afraid of Rodgers being the starter when Favre left, and the Packers even took Brian Brohm in the second round that year to hedge against Rodgers failing.

  7. Yeah swilling Jackson Mills and you can’t forget Vaughn Johnson.

    That group was great but but if you don’t bring up the two that did the heavy lifting Jackson and Johnson you are missing it.

    Vaughn Johnson was the beef that allowed Sam Mills to shine. Took on the blocks so Mills could run free.

    Ricky Jackson got all the help trying to keep him blocked. It allowed pat swilling to speed rush one on one

    The dome patrol was great. They held teams to ten or fewer points 27 times in that era. Amazing.

  8. Gastineu and Klecko. Only time in NFL history that 2 DEs on the same line each had a 20 sack season. That’s unheard of before or since and a glaring omission.

  9. WR John Stallworth and Lynn Swann, 70’s Steelers. WR John Taylor and Jerry Rice, 80s-early 90s 49ers. CB Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes, Raiders 80s. OL Art Shell and Gene Upshaw, Raiders 70s. DL Randy White and Harvery Martin, Dallas Cowpies. DL Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield, 49ers. DL Meane Joe Greene and LC Greenwood, Steelers.

  10. Some tandems for fans ‘of a certain age’…

    Singletary and Wilber Marshall for the Bears

    Joiner, Chandler and Winslow for the Air Coryell Chargers

    Haines and Lester Hayes from the Raiders

    Dierdorf and Dobler from the Cardinals

  11. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    June 6, 2019 at 4:04 pm
    Florio was definitely right on Carter and Moss over Swann and Stallworth, but I would argue that Montana and Young belong on the list ahead of Favre and Rodgers. Young frequently filled in for Montana and he played very well in those situations. People didn’t worry much when Young had to play. When Favre and Rodgers played together, there was no indication that Rodgers was anything like what he became. People were legitimately afraid of Rodgers being the starter when Favre left, and the Packers even took Brian Brohm in the second round that year to hedge against Rodgers failing.

    \\\\

    Yeah Yeah,

    They are Packers therefore a Viking fan must minimize. Young had already had experience in game at the pro level so of course their wasn’t as much uncertainty. I would guess any 49er fan back then wasn’t jumping up and down when Montana left either.

    How about a long post on Moss and Carter instead?

  12. John Jefferson and Wes Chandler of the Air Coryell Chargers, and even farther back, Lance Alworth and Gary Garrison of Sid Gillman’s Chargers.

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