Bryce Brown: The new Bo Jackson!

Yesterday morning, Brian Baldinger ate an unusually large portion of overreaction omelets doused in hyperbole sauce when he, Brian Westbrook, and Ray Didinger watched film of Bryce Brown’s Monday night performance against the Panthers.  In an article written by the great Ray Didinger for CSN Philly, Baldinger compared Brown to Bo freaking Jackson:

Baldinger, who controls the remote during the weekly tape review at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., ran the play back and forth several times. Each time he marveled at Brown’s acceleration as he left the Panthers’ secondary in the dust.

“That’s Bo Jackson-like,” the NFL Network analyst said.

Say what?

“I’m not putting him in that class, not after one [NFL] start,” Baldinger said. “I’m just saying that kind of speed is rare. Not many running backs can do this.”

OK, so what you have here from Baldinger is the classic “He’s like (fill in the player that is a major stretch for a comparison),” then back off it a bit, but reiterate that you really mean to make the comparison.  It’s like saying, “Nick Foles is kind of like a combination of Superman and Spiderman.  Now I’m not saying he’s in the same class as Superman/Spiderman in that he can’t swing from skyscraper to skyscraper using webs he shoots from his wrists, nor can he shoot lasers out of his eyes, but he has two arms and two legs, which can also be said of Superman and Spiderman.”

Brown had an awesome starting debut (as a runner, not as a non-fumbler), but in no way, shape, or form is he anything close to what Bo Jackson was in the 80’s when Bo was doing stuff like this (take note of Bo’s power on the run at the 0:35 mark, and his ridiculous speed on the run at the 1:35 mark)…

Not to mention… this:

I know that Baldinger backpedaled a tad by saying “I’m not putting him in (the same class as Bo Jackson)”, but I’d prefer if we just didn’t even mention Bryce Brown and Bo Jackson in the same sentence, please.  For now at least, anyway.  Can we let the kid get a few games under his belt before setting up the fan base for a colossal disappointment?

Baldinger, of course, had Jamar Chaney in the Hall of Fame after one start a couple years ago, and said that Dimitri Patterson and Asante Samuel were the best CB tandem in the NFL.

OK, so whatever, that’s Baldinger being Baldinger.  My disappointment here lies with Didinger.  At least Baldinger, in this case, didn’t print this nonsense.  Didinger did, and did so as if Baldinger’s comments were actually credible.

But here’s the best part.  In watching various Bo Jackson highlights just to make sure I wasn’t crazy in remembering him as some kind of athletic marvel, I’m listening to a familiar voice saying the following:

“He was 6’1.  He was 230 pounds, chiseled marble, incredible speed, breathtaking speed. There were clockings of him running the 40 yard dash in 4.12 seconds. You’re talking about a once in a generation player.”

Who was that voice?  None other than the great Ray Diddy (first 18 seconds of the video):

The second Baldinger got one syllable deep in mentioning Bo Jackson’s name, Diddy should have immediately slapped some sense into him, a la Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro:

Instead, he went, “Meh, screw it. I’ll just print it instead.”

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  1. […] Jimmy Bama did a great post the other day on Brian Baldinger, Ray Didinger, Bryce Brown, and Bo Jack….  Baldinger is Captain Hyperbole.  And he struck again, comparing Bryce to Bo Jackson, arguably the greatest athlete of the last 50 years. […]

  2. AJ says:

    I am amazed you were able to get that Tecmo bowl clip. There’s no way if I were player 2 I’d let that go down like that. I would’ve snatched his controller when he ran back toward his own goal line.

  3. Ricky says:

    Nobody can touch Bo in Tecmo Bowl…the only downside was their was only one play with him!

    1. No, he had 2 plays. Pause the video at the 0:10 mark. You could either right a sweep right, or the off tackle run left (which was way better).

      1. Ricky says:

        No he had one play…the video above is super tecmo bowl not the original Tecmo Bowl where Bo had one running play and Marcus Allen had the other.

        1. Gah… OK, you win.

  4. Bo Jackson says:

    I think he meant to say, “Chiseled Marble”.

  5. NYG_slater says:

    heh, I usually change the channel when they have a segment with baldy. Partly because I can’t stop staring at his hand….yikes…

    I had a chance to watch the eagles game yesterday, mainly because I wanted to check out Bryce to see if they hype was warranted. I came away impressed. While the 65 yard TD wasn’t really all that impressive, the credit should go to the blocking, or the utter lack of defense (probably both), Bryce showed some good vision setting up blockers on interior runs, he’s also deceptively quick in accelerating. But ya, his ball security was atrocious, he was fortunate to only fumble twice, because he only carries the ball with two points of contact when he gets hit. But that is fixable, he just needs to realize he’s not gunna out athlete any NFL defenders. They can tackle him while making a play to strip the football. I’d imagine he’s used to defenders just trying to slow/stop him so he’s gotten away with carrying the ball away from his body.

    1. mjoedgaard says:

      Agree, but a backfield of McCoy+Brown could be a great foundation for a new coach. If we get the right coach, I think they could do what Bradshaw+Jacobs did a few years back where they both ran for over 1000 yards.

  6. I get what he’s saying. Brown fits under the Jackson archetype in terms if size/speed/power.

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