Posted by Will Brinson
CBSSports.com: I picked the Falcons to win the Super Bowl before the year -- do you think they can make a case for being the dominant team in the NFL?
Deion Sanders: I don't know about dominant. I think the win over Baltimore a week ago did a lot for their confidence and did a lot for them getting tot he next level physically and emotionally and psychologically. I don't know about dominant because the back end of their defense is not dominant -- you've got [John] Abraham who's one of the best pass rushers in the game, but when you think about dominant you think about a dominant defense.
CBS: Alright, how about Michael Vick then?
DS: Unbelievable. Can you win MVP and Comeback Player of the Year? Because right now, I think he's the frontrunner for both.
CBS: Yeah, and it's crazy because so many people passed on him for PR reasons and then so many people wanted him to be something like a wide receiver or running back …
DS: Well that was ignorant -- ignorant folks who probably have never played the game really wanted to be the first to make a stupid statement like that. How could a guy that's gone to the Pro Bowl, you say he's going to have to change his whole position? That's like saying a guy who has a knee injury and then come back and subsequently next year have another injury should change position. That's crazy -- just sitting out two years of incarceration, he's still a quarterback. Not only that, he led his team to the NFC Championship before and made a few Pro Bowls so to change positions, that's just crazy.
CBS: How much of his success -- and it's unbelievable to see how he's developed as a pocket passer -- do you put on the situation that he landed in, with Andy Reid and the Eagles?
DS: You put that on the team -- you put that on the team he plays with. How can you stay in the pocket with the Falcons when they're one of the worst offensive lines in the game? So being in the pocket where you've got not only two receivers [DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin] but maybe three receivers, because [Brent] Celek is a great alternative and one of the better tight ends in the league. Having someone to throw to in a real scheme and having confidence in his abilities, I think that attributes to his success right now. And having a year to really sit back … and I think if you asked him to pinpoint some things, I think he would tell you what a vital role Donovan McNabb played in his life. The preparation, getting ready mentally, physically and psychologically during the week as well -- I think that's the first time he saw a professional act as a professional at the quarterback position that he can identify with.
CBS: Speaking of McNabb, the details of his contract changed and it looks more favorable for Washington -- do you think he's making a mistake by leaving himself open to getting locked in with Mike Shanahan again next year?
DS: No, I don't think he's making a mistake. One thing about athletes -- you want sure money. And I think that's what he did. I think both situations lend itself to one another, because if he goes to another team, he'll still get his guaranteed money, and [the Redskins] took care of themselves at the same token. So I think both parties win.
CBS: The NFL Network recently did the Top 100 players of all-time, and for those of us who grew up cheering for the Braves and the Falcons, your ranking seemed a little auspicious -- do you think a versatile guy like yourself got kind of hosed there?
DS: The thing about it is that some people who voted in that selection process, they let personal feelings get in the way of reality. And that should never come into play. You should never let the way you feel personally about a person get into what's real about a person and what's genuine about a person as well.
CBS: On that same note, personal feelings seem to factor into the Hall of Fame discussion too -- a guy like Terrell Owens comes to mind immediately because---
DS: How can he not be in the Top 100 players? That's just crazy.
CBS: So you think it's crazy if he doesn't get serious Hall of Fame consideration?
DS: Well, he wasn't in the Top 100, so lets you know right there how they feel about him and you can't go by personal stuff, you've got to go by what they did on the field.
CBS: Alright, is this the craziest NFL season you've ever seen, between the parity and all the different storylines?
DS: No, not really. There's a lot of parity -- it's not really crazy, there's a lot of parity. And that's what you want -- you want every team to have the ability to win the Super Bowl. And it goes back to what we were saying, there's no dominance right now, like the Cowboys did in the 90's, like the Patriots did, even Pittsburgh, who won two Super Bowls out of the last few, there's no dominance right now.
CBS: Speaking of dominating, I would assume if you're working out with every day people, which I believe you're doing with EA, I would assuming you're dominating some people there?
DS: [Laughing] Yeah, I'm having a good time with the EA Sports Training Camp and it's wonderful. Not only are we getting kids off the couch, but we're getting adults off the couch and allowing them to participate and compete as well. There are over 70 drills and eight challenges in this game -- it's designed to increase your strength, power, balance and agility just to name a few areas of concern for people. It gives you a total body workout and it monitors your heart as well and I'm really happy to be one of the guys behind the scenes who helped develop this thing.
CBS: Alright, good stuff, Deion, thanks for talking to us and take it easy.
DS: Alright man, have a good one.