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Old 01-27-2013, 08:23 AM   #1
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Default Trib-Review Ranks Steelers SB Winners - 78 Team #1

Which was the best of the Steelers’ Super Bowl teams?

For at least one more week, the Steelers remain the only team to produce six Super Bowl winners — the 49ers could tie them next week — but it is their 1978 squad that stands above the others.

That 1978 team, which started the season with a seven-game winning streak, finished 14-2 and seemingly had a future Hall of Famer at every other position, was voted as the super team of those six Steelers Super Bowl winners by a panel of national and local journalists assembled by the Tribune-Review.

The ’78 Steelers, who rebounded from the worst season of the Super Bowl run (a 9-5 record in 1977) to win the first of successive NFL titles, received nine of the 15 first-place votes. Only the ’75 Steelers, who also beat the Cowboys in the Super Bowl, received more than one first-place vote; they earned four.

The 1979 and ’74 teams received the other two first-place votes.

IMO the 1975 team was superior because the defense was at its peak, Franco was younger, and the passing game was there when necessary (Swann had 11 TDs) - main argument for the 78 team was it rolled through the playoffs while the 75 team was not playing its best in the post-season (although the D had 7 sacks and 3 INTs in the Super Bowl)
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