Who remembers how dominant Bo Jackson was in Tecmo Bowl for the original Nintendo? Who remembers the 109 yard launches from Montana to Rice that ten times out of ten ended with 6 points? Or the way Lawrence Taylor was unblockable? But can you name the starting running back on the Washington Redskins in that game? After all, they did win the Super Bowl the year the game is set in.
When a few of my comrades and I gather for a Tecmo Super Bowl tournament, it has become apparent that nobody ever wants to play with the Redskins. I’ve watched in disgust as a participator in the tourney struggled with deciding between the Redskins and Bengal’s only to choose the Bengal’s.
Sure Icky Woods has a decent speed burst but the ‘Skins are the most underrated team on that classic video game. Some people have no idea of the greatness that awaits them if they choose Washington.
Defense: The line is anchored by Charles Mann who has no problem beating blocks and blowing up plays from the defensive end position. Behind him is a linebacker that excels in stopping the run, Wilbur Marshall. But the cream of the defensive crop is Darrell Green. He might be the fastest player in the game which makes him such a nightmare if you blitz him from the corner spot. Sacks and tackles for losses can be had all game long thanks to the speed of Darrell Green. Selecting any of those three characters gives you speed and proper positioning to shut down any play by the opposing offense.
Offense: Mark Rypein’s passes of 35yards or more are what he does best in the game. Just take the snap, drop back 27 yards, and let it ‘Ryp’. With Art Monk leading the amazing receiver trio, including Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders, 400 passing yards is a goal one can accomplish with this team. The backfield boasts average speed running back Earnest Byner. Byner’s speed may not be deadly but his jukes are so viscous you’ll get a sprained ankle in real life. Plus in Pro Bowl mode, Byner is starting for the NFC team accompanied by Barry Sanders.
Special Teams: Former Oakland Raider head coach Lane Kiffin must’ve played Tecmo Super Bowl using the Redskins. If he did its probable his inspiration for attempting a 74 yard field goal during a game last season came from Chip Lohmiller. The ‘Skins kicker can get it to the post, but from 74 yards it usually *Doinks* off of an upright. From 67 yards and below, Chip is money. Brian Mitchell has the talent to take a kickoff back every time the other team kicks the ball off. Set up your first 3 or 4 blocks correctly and let Mitchell’s skills do the rest.
The next time you pick up the controllers to this game, try playing with Washington and watch the points build.