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End of road for Sanders

Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:52 pm
So the Bob Sanders experiment is over. So, I suspect, is Bob Sanders' career.

The poor guy just can't stay healthy. The Chargers hoped this season might be different, that maybe, just maybe, they could squeeze more than just a couple of games out of him.

They were wrong.

I don't fault them for trying. It was a no-risk situation and worth a shot. In the end, though, Sanders was the player the Colts thought when they let him go -- another injury waiting to happen.

The sad truth is Sanders' body won't cooperate anymore. It rarely did. The former Defensive Player of the Year award winner only twice played in more than six games a season and, including playoffs, was in no more than 59 his entire career. What's more, over the past three seasons he played in five games.

Sanders' body has been trying to tell him something, and maybe he gets the message now. It's time to retire, Bob. You were good for the game, and you could have been one of the greats ... if your body would've cooperated. It didn't. Time to go.

Category: NFL

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:22 pm

End of road for Sanders

That's one thing about Football that is different from the other professional sports. It's so easy for an injury to derail a career. When Sanders was healthy, the guy was an absolute machine. Although I'm no Colts fan, he was one of the players in Blue and White I couldn't help but cheer for, and hope to see on the field every Sunday, because his presence made the Colts a better team, and the game more interesting. Here's hoping Sanders isn't rewarded for his perserverance with a gimpy leg for the rest of his life.

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:27 pm

End of road for Sanders

Wow. Bobby's always been one of my all-time faves, and it's been sad to see his career freefall since '08. In his prime, he was the best strong safety in the league. Without Bobby, Indy doesn't win the Super Bowl in '06. He got his due recognition in '07 when he won Defensive Player of the Year. Right now, I seriously doubt he has a shot at the Hall, but that's where he'd be headed if not for injuries. All of that and more at 5'8". You da man, Bobby. Forever a Colt.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:23 pm

End of road for Sanders

Sanders played defense with a fire and passion you rarely see in today's NFL and his body paid the price. I'm not sure there has been a guy that changed a defense more than Sanders. When he was in the Colts were top 10def when he was out bottum 10. He kinda like defenses version off Terrel Davis. Good career great couple of seasons but injuries got him like they did TD. He probally should be a HOF but with that many games missed chances are pretty slim.

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:22 pm

End of road for Sanders

As a Colts fan, I loved the way he played and always hoped he could stay healthy.  The high-energy way he played was exciting to watch.  Best of luck, Bob.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:10 am

End of road for Sanders

The LaBoy acquisition is certainly questionable, but Sanders was low-risk, and Spikes knows Greg Manusky's defense inside out. I would hardly call this "free-agent" crazy either - none of these guys are gonna leave AJ Smith sweating over the salary cap.

On another note - is anyone concerned with Rivers' interceptions, especially with two of his favourite targets being out for some time? It's a good job Mathews has stepped up this year, the running game is gonna be crucial...

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:32 am

End of road for Sanders

I hate to say I told you so...but... Sure, it was worth a try, the mystery I would like solved is why and how Travis LaBoy is a starter on any team. The Chargers went free agent stupid this year. With all the movement, how they ended up scraping the very bottom of the barrel with LaBoy, Sanders and Spikes is beyond me.

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