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silverbackattack
10-12-2009, 04:26 PM
Without putting a whole lot in words. What would you say is the single (your only allowed to pick one) biggest difference in the way the pro football is played today versus when the Steeler's were winning Super Bowls in the 1970's.

Mine would have to be the free space that receivers have.

AllD
10-12-2009, 04:27 PM
Free agency.

fansince'76
10-12-2009, 04:31 PM
The money involved. Most players back in the day HAD to have offseason jobs to keep food on the table. The most Bradshaw ever made in a season as a player IIRC was 30K.

Neil-Still-Rules-14
10-12-2009, 04:35 PM
Drug testing and advanced equipment.

BlastFurnace
10-12-2009, 04:37 PM
Parity. There is no dominant team in the NFL any longer.

Every year, nearly every single team has a shot. Very few fall into the category of the Chiefs, Lions, etc.

SteelGhost
10-12-2009, 04:38 PM
Free agency.

+1 :thumbsup:

tony hipchest
10-12-2009, 04:38 PM
troy polamalu

:chuckle:

oh... and brett favre.

arge5809
10-12-2009, 04:51 PM
Beef... 350+ pounders on both lines, you know Hogs...


:twocents: :pig: :pig: :pig: :pig:

Steeldude
10-12-2009, 05:03 PM
1978 rule change. you had to be able to run in the 70s to win. they also weren't so protective of the QBs in the 70s.

SteelC7
10-12-2009, 05:04 PM
i would say parity, nobody stays dominant for more than a season, the patriots won 2 super bowls in a row cuz belicheck knows how to draft and pick up good free agents for cheap, look at the SB winners the past 10 years, only the patriots and the steelers (to an extent) have stayed consistently all decade

fansince'76
10-12-2009, 05:14 PM
....the patriots won 2 super bowls in a row cuz belicheck knows how to draft and pick up good free agents and cheat....

Fixed. And they haven't "won*" squat in almost 5 years now, despite the over-the-top, nonstop media knobslobbing.

Steelboy84
10-12-2009, 05:23 PM
Free agency.

:applaudit: :hatsoff:

steelreserve
10-12-2009, 06:04 PM
Salary cap (you can combine this with free agency if you want, but the bottom line is the way players change teams a lot more often)

On the field, it'd have to be the focus on the passing game and all the adjustments they've made to give receivers an easier time.

The Lakelander
10-12-2009, 06:13 PM
Rules!

Like every othert aspect of American culture, the modern NFL is over-regulated.

Remember when Turkey Jones spiked Terry Bradshaw?

Boy would it be great to see Brady get spiked by James Harrison in the same fashion. :chuckle:

http://admin.clevelandbrowns.com/graphics/images/7304.a.jpg

hindes204
10-12-2009, 07:56 PM
its alot softer these days....too many rules, need to let em play the game

hindes204
10-12-2009, 07:58 PM
haha....i posted that last one before i read the second page of this thread...looks like somebody already said rules, lol

revefsreleets
10-13-2009, 02:53 PM
The fans...they were never this whiny back in the day. Sure, they complained, and, yeah, there were a ton of complainers who, if they REALLY knew 1/10th as much as they THOUGHT they knew, they would be 10 times smarter then they ACTUALLY were, but at least they didn't whine like babies about it all the time.

Oh, and all the stupid restrictive rule changes.

To answer the initial complaint about "giving WR's room", the West Coast offense and all this dinking and dunking necessitated that.

solardave
10-13-2009, 02:59 PM
i would say parity, nobody stays dominant for more than a season, the patriots won 2 super bowls in a row cuz belicheck knows how to draft and pick up good free agents for cheap, look at the SB winners the past 10 years, only the patriots and the steelers (to an extent) have stayed consistently all decade

Free agency? I agree!

Bellicheck knows how to CHEAT!!!! Draft my ass,he cheated and it was swept under the table.

solardave
10-13-2009, 03:01 PM
Rules!

Like every othert aspect of American culture, the modern NFL is over-regulated.

Remember when Turkey Jones spiked Terry Bradshaw?

Boy would it be great to see Brady get spiked by James Harrison in the same fashion. :chuckle:

http://admin.clevelandbrowns.com/graphics/images/7304.a.jpg

I'd love to see that. Of course he'd be banned for life.

El-Gonzo Jackson
10-13-2009, 03:44 PM
The Mel Blount rule.

Michael Keller
10-13-2009, 03:52 PM
Too Damn many rules and penalties called

MasterOfPuppets
10-13-2009, 05:02 PM
camera's .... and not just the ones belecheat owns..... not much goes unnoticed these days, which have turned players and fans into excuse making pansies...and make refs look like they're being paid off

tony hipchest
10-13-2009, 05:08 PM
doritos and viagra commercials.

Preacher
10-13-2009, 05:15 PM
its alot softer these days....too many rules, need to let em play the game

I don't think "softer" is the word I would use.

Actually, its a lot more violent within the play now a days... but a lot less stuff goes on after the immediate action.

devilsdancefloor
10-13-2009, 05:25 PM
doritos and viagra commercials.

um wh whhhat...... lol:doh::noidea::noidea:

tony hipchest
10-13-2009, 05:54 PM
ali landry... :bite: (no viagra needed)

TampaSteelerFan
10-13-2009, 06:04 PM
Troy P said it best last season: The NFL is now a Panzy League!!!!