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Old 11-29-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

The '76 Steelers defense is arguable the greatest defense in the history of the NFL. Here are some interesting comparisons between 1976 & 2007 ytd based on regular season.

1976 - Pts/gm 9.9, yds/gm 237, yds/play 3.8, 1st downs/gm 13

2007 - Pts/gm 13.2, yds/gm 229, yds/play 4.1, 1st downs/gm 13.6

The ave. offensive yards per game has increased by about 25 since 1976 and points per game has increased about 2.25.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

A few things about that 1976 team. They started the season 1-4 and finished the season 10-4. They posted 5 shutouts that season as well.

While this years defense is certainly one of the best the league has seen I don't believe it to be as good as 1976. 5 shutouts in 8 games.

Here's that 1976 record:
@ Oakland Raiders 28-31
Cleveland Browns 31-14
New England Patriots 27-30
@ Minnesota Vikings 6-17
@ Cleveland Browns 16-18
Cincinnati Bengals 23- 6
@ New York Giants 27- 0
San Diego Chargers 23- 0
@Kansas City Chiefs 45- 0

Miami Dolphins 14- 3
Houston Oilers 32-16
@Cincinnati Bengals 7- 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42- 0
@ Houston Oilers 21- 0
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

It's not even remotely comparable. This 2007 defense has no business even being in the discussion. That defense was dominating, intimidating, and had 4 future HOF's starting...and argueablly could have another 2 in the HOF. This 2007 defense allows a rookie QB and Jay Cutler to engineer drives at the end of the game that cost our team a victory. The 2007 Jets don't even make it past midfield against that 1976 bunch....unless they get to return kickoffs against our 2007 Special Teams.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:43 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

Statistics are meaningful and I believe properly analyze can be informing:

I believe the biggest difference between then and now is that the coaches knew they could TURN THE GAME OVER TO THEIR DEFENSE WIHOUT ANY FEAR of being let down. The Curtain was up and no team was going through it.

Currently our team's defense can be playing a dominant game and the Jets can come down the field and kick a field goal and tie up the game or can actually score a touchdown.

Now in fairness to today's Steeler defense the rules have changed favoring the offense. Many of the 70's defensive players would have been thrown out of the game and certainly Lambert would have been outsted some time early in the first quarter .

In summary I dT not believe there is any possible way to compare the defenses., The game has changed too much and the players are bigger, faster and in gneral better coached and as an older fan that is not easy to admit.

However not to contradict myself the Steelers of the 70"s were far more dominant than any Steeler defense since. They were like money in the bank .
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

Let's put it this way: in the '75 playoffs, the Steelers turned the ball over THIRTEEN times in 2 games, yet still won both games. Does anybody think we could average 6.5 TOs a game over two PLAYOFF games and still win both games with the current D? I don't.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:21 AM   #6
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

not even close.. although we could easily have 4 shutouts this season if our special teams did not allow big returns in the bills and ravens game. the only score from both teams came from the short field thanks to a big return. hell, we could have possibly shutout the browns in week 1 if farrior didnt drop an easy INT on coincidentally the only drive that the browns scored on. so while this defense has looked as good as any in some games, it played like pure dirt in at least 2 others. all-time defenses like the 76 steelers dont get embarrassed by a 1-8 jets team and an injury plagued broncos team.
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

No defense compared to the 1970's Steel Curtain Defense, especially the 1976 squad. They changed the rules because of the Steel Curtain.

This 2007 defense is a special squad though. They are the best defense of the 2007 season.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:47 AM   #8
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

Check back with me after the next two games. If they can maintain thier current averages they will be the best defense this year.

As far as comparing to 1976, this years version of the Steel Curtain is not even close.
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

The 1976 Steelers Defense caused the NFL to change numerous rules to favor the offense.
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Default Re: Steel Curtain '76 vs. '07

The current D is vey good, but as most have stated they still can't match up to the 76team. If they can dominate New England I'll consider a comparison.
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