E. Smith was a way better blocker than B. Sanders. Sanders was horrible as a blocker and wasted many of 3rd downs because of it. In fact the Lions lost a playoff game because of his blocking. E. Smith was a way better all around player than Sanders. Sanders was a way better pure runner but lacked in many other areas of the game. Plus Sanders didn't have any heart, he quit the game because his team sucked and he quit on his team mates. Emmitt Smith never quit on anyone.