Going down memory lane here. Remembering when I watched my first Saints game on October 14 1979 when we crushed the Bucs 42-14. I've bled Black n Gold ever since. I remember that 1979 season was quite exciting watching the offense. Archie Manning, Wes Chandler, Chuck Muncie, Henry Childs, Tinker Owens (Who lived 5 houses down from me in Kenner). It was a good offensive duo during that time. And his flee flicker gadget plays were quite awesome.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Archie play the game. He played like a warrior! He had excellent work ethics and was True Leader! Above all, a Class Act! I have thought what could have been if he had more protection upfront. How far he would have taken us. Well, I'm a firm believer he would have taken us far if we had the offensive line to protect him. I remember him running for his life, doing crazy passes and taking hard hits like no other. And yet still playing in the game.
I'll never forget I was quite upset when he was let go in the 1982 season. He was missed not only by the players, but the fans as well. I often wondered how well he would have done on Jim Mora's team, or Jim Haslett's.
I found a video where he won our first game in the Superdome against Green Bay in 1975.
Archie Manning Saints First Win in the SUPERDOME Oct 12 1975 (via duffrey)
A long pass to Ike Harris
Jeff Nixon vs. Archie Manning .wmv (via jeffnixon38)
Another video where he made an incredible play for the Oilers.
Archie Manning Improvises (via GrizzleX)
I couldn't find many videos on Archie. I wish they had more. So guys, what are thoughts on how Archie would have panned out with better O'line protection?
The guy was a true warrior and a class act!