Saturday, February 1, 2014
Logjam at wide receiver hurts Tim Brown
By Calvin Watkins
This logjam at wide receiver might be hurting Tim Brown.
The Dallas native, who played for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but missed out on election Saturday.
Instead, wide receiver Andre Reed, who played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, got in along with six others. Reed was part of a logjam at wide receiver that involved Michael Irvin, Cris Carter and Brown.
Carter and Irvin are in the Hall, and you can add Reed to that.
But as the years progress, other receivers such as Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt will be added to the mix. Of course Marvin Harrison missing enshrinement this year brings another name to evaluate at the position.
Brown wasn't the greatest receiver who played (Jerry Rice), or one of its biggest winners (Irvin) or a man who's noted for scoring plenty of touchdowns (Carter), but he was a dominant force.
Brown is just one of eight players with at least 100 touchdowns in league history. He's also just one of eight men with more than 1,000 catches. Carter and Rice are the only two in the Hall on that list.
When it comes to yards, Brown has 14,934, sixth all-time. that's more than Harrison (14,580), Carter (13,899), Irvin (11,904) and Reed (13,198). However, in the next few years when the Hall of Fame voters look at the numbers of Moss (third in yards), Owens (third in touchdowns) and Bruce (fourth in yards), will Brown get lost?
Reed getting into the Hall was well-deserved for a man who played on four teams that reached the Super Bowl, and dealt with the frigid conditions of Buffalo late in the season.
Brown didn't deal with poor weather. He just had these great quarterbacks throwing to him: Jay Schroeder, Steve Beuerlein, Todd Marinovich, Jeff Hostetler, Vince Evans, Billy Joe Hobert, Jeff George, David Klingler and Donald Hollas.
Those men were before Brown turned 33, and the Raiders were able to finally stabilize the quarterback position with Rich Gannon.
In 1999, Browns' first season with Gannon as the quarterback, he caught 90 passes for 1,344 yards and six touchdowns.
Brown had nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, that's right, catching passes from guys like Hobert, George and Hostetler.
The career of Brown is wonderful, yet it's twisted around some other receivers whose numbers are comparable to his. Skill set can be debatable, but Brown missed out on the Hall, and given the type of receivers coming up in a couple of years, the logjam will continue to hurt him.