Originally Posted by OneForTheToe
Great franchises will do well in most any circumstance as poorly run franchises will do poorly under most business models. The teams that were poorly run before the cap are still poorly run and visa versa.
Still, those that don't like the salary cap need to remember the words of Jerry Jones. I believe it was two contracts ago, when he basically admitted he didn't have the votes to override the Rooney's and other owners who wanted to keep the revenue sharing and salary cap in place as is (because they go together). Anyway, Jones said something like, "I know no one cares about my opinion, but someday they will."
And if you think about it, with the older guard dying off, sadly Jones might have a point. Remember the guy is building a billion dollar stadium. Just think of the extra revenue that stadium will bring in. I think the Rooney's are the best owners in sports. While I believe they would stay competitive for a while without the cap or revenue sharing, eventually even the Rooney's wouldn’t be able to compete without the two mechanisms that ensure some parity in finances.
As our society as a whole spins more and more out of control and the players coming into the league reflect this "me first" attitude (see Chad Johson), the teams that embrace an Old School mentality will be the ones with the most success.
In the early 80's the Rooneys were criticized for being too conservative and unwilling to change thier basic philosophy to adapt to "The modern game". Yet today that philosophy is why the Steelers are one of the most successful franchises in the league.