Let's take another trip to the wonderful land of the hypothetical.
On this vacation from reality, our tour guide happens to be Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
After witnessing Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson obliterate his team with a historic 329-yard performance, Jones was asked Tuesday on his weekly radio program whether he thought Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders could have shut down Megatron.
"Yes, I do," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "Deion had such catch-up speed, and he had real good centerfield ability, and I mean that in baseball term but in football sense. He could really play the ball and he had such the ability to get in position to play the ball."
Sanders, now an NFL Network analyst, played five seasons with the Cowboys.
"Now, you're talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that's ever played this game," Jones continued. " ... But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson's going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job."
Sanders himself could have been the impetus behind the question to Jones. On Monday, presumably responding to people asking him the same question, Sanders tweeted that the eras aren't comparable:
Fans it's not fair to compare Then to Now! I realize it's fun and these kids can play but This Ain't THAT. Truthâ DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) October 29, 2013
So please stop asking me can I cover these kids 2day. They are GREAT. But I played against Receivers and Quarterbacks whom shaped this game!â DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) October 29, 2013
Deion has spoken. Let's return to reality.
Catch Sanders on Thursday when he joins "NFL AM," which starts at 6 a.m. ET on NFL Network.