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“I do think Eli’s a Hall of Famer,” the elite 49ers cornerback said in response to a “Super Bowl Opening Night” question by The Post. “I think people underestimate what it means to run through the Super Bowl … there’s a reason so few low seeds have never won a Super Bowl. The teams that he’s done it with are probably 30, 40 percent of the low seeds that have won Super Bowls.
“And he’s played at a high level. His teams haven’t always been great, he hasn’t always been surrounded by talent and when he has, he’s played pretty well.
“But to run through the playoffs, some of the teams he beat, he beat the all-time great quarterback of all time twice — and two of the best teams of all time. He beat an undefeated team of all time. He beat an undefeated team that had Randy Moss on it who had just come off a record-breaking season. Who does that?
“And so for those reasons, I believe he’s a Hall of Famer.”
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Aikman also thinks Jason Garrett will be good for Jones.
“I think he’s going to bring some accountability, some structure,” Aikman said of Garrett. “He’s going to be very well prepared. There is not going to be any stone unturned. When they go into a game plan every player is going to know exactly what is being asked of them. I think it’s a great situation for Jason. I thought he did a nice job when he was calling the plays as the offensive coordinator…He comes from a pretty good perspective having been around good players but also around good coaches. I think that’s probably been the biggest influence on him. And then having played. I think that helps.”
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“He’s out of control and I love it,” Gronkowski said. “He’s a great coach for the Giants’ organization. He has so much passion for the game, and that’s what you need if you want to be a coach. You have to love the game of football to the max and that’s what he does. He knows the game of football inside and out.”
“I don’t see any reason why they can’t turn this thing around pretty quick,” [Mike] Tannenbaum told NJ Advance Media. “It comes back to the offensive line. You need to be able to control the game. And if you can run the ball and pass protect, that will hide other deficiencies, like front-seven pressure players or corner play, because you’re playing keep away.”
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Aikman doesn’t like players having to “defend” their careers.
“What’s hard is — and I went through it — you go through a career and you feel good about it,” Aikman said. “My guess is Eli’s thrilled with the career that he had. And he should be. … For me, I couldn’t have asked for more.
“Back then, social media didn’t exist. I wasn’t asked [about the Hall of Fame] on the day of my retirement. When it got closer, after five years, it was almost like I had to apologize or defend my career. That’s the part of it that really kind of sucks. I don’t like it for him. I don’t like the debate…. I don’t like the process we go through for the Hall of Fame.”
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