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View Poll Results: Who Had The Best Overall Defense of All-Time?
1970's STEELERS 27 79.41%
1 Year Wonders "RAVENS" 3 8.82%
1985 Chicago Bears 4 11.76%
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:05 PM   #11
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Default Re: The Best Defense Ever?

Not to beat a dead horse. But i too believe that 'pound for pound' our 76 unit was the best ever. As the 85 bears though exceptional,.... could be viewed as being more so a product of Buddy Ryans 'scheme'. Which at that time was 'revolutionary' so to speak.

But even with this said,......i must give credit where it's due. The 2000 Rats unit was very impressive IMO. If only because they were so dominant in an era where the players are simply bigger, stronger, faster and more talented 'on the average' across the board as opposed those of the league in the 70's.
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:29 PM   #12
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espn.com picked '76 steelers.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:08 PM   #13
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Gotta go with the consensus here - '76 Steelers hands down and that is said totally without bias.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:31 AM   #14
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I voted the 70's Steelers. They were dominant for damn near a whole decade. We will never see the likes of them again.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:33 AM   #15
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The '76 Steelers came went on to the AFC Championship after starting the season 1-4. Ernie Holmes stated that the Steelers were so good and to be fair to the rest of the divison they would spot them four games. They allowed just 28 points in the last NINE games. Five of them being shutouts. Look at some of the Pro Bowls from the 70's. At one point having 8 players on the Defensive squad is more than impressive. I think that Donnie Shell and LC Greenwood are more than deserving to be in the Hall. I hate the fact that there's even an argument. The Steelers D dominated the 70's. No team has ever done it since. I love the clowns that bring out the '85 Bears or the 00' Ravens. One year wonders and the world of Free Agency!
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:17 AM   #16
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In 1975 the Oilers and Bengals were acombined 21-3 against the rest of the NFL. 0-4 against the Steelers.

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Without question the 70's steelers, especially the 76. The rats i would say are second followed by the bears.
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2000 ratbirds Just kidding. Obviously the 70's steelers
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Simply put....take the Steelers D...compare them to EITHER of those teams....and tell me who you would bench from the Steelers in favor of the Ravens/Bears.....Overwhelmingly you would keep the majority of the Steelers players.....

Hands down....76 Steelers were the best D ever....We actually have players deserving of the HOF...who may never make it due to so many of their teammates already being there.
Like Donnie Shell and L.C. Greenwood....Its shame both of those guys are not in the Hall.
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:10 PM   #20
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The 76 Defense was by far the best ever...I think they had 5 shut outs that year....If Franco and Rocky don't get hurt the Steelers win 5 Super Bowls in 6 years....
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