Originally posted by Niners816:The first year of the salary cap was 1994 but It is pretty common knowledge the caps effect was not felt till the next season, your 3 teams listed above did got hot at the right time especially the 2006 Colts defense. It would be interesting to compare the offense-defense ranking of Super Bowl winners in the pre cap era to the post cap era. Pretty sure it is very rare to be top 5 on both sides of the ball in the last 20 years.
Originally posted by BobS:
Originally posted by Niners816:I am aware that the defense was as high ranked as the offense in the dynasty years. Unfortunately defenses usually only get credit when they are carrying a below average offense. That really isn't fair because I don't think I have ever seen a team with a poor defense win anything no matter how good the offense is, by poor defense I mean bottom 10. I wonder what the best any NFL team has done with a low rated defense?
Talking about defense, our dynasty d never gets the respect it deserves. If you bookend the championships here where the dynasty year team profiles based on scoring:
1981- 7th offense, 2nd defense
1982- 7th offense, 23rd defense
1983- 4th offense, 4th defense
1984- 2nd offense, 1st defense
1985- 5th offense, 2nd defense
1986- 7th offense, 3rd defense
1987- 1st offense, 3rd defense
1988- 7th offense, 8th defense
1989- 1st offense, 3rd defense
1990- 8th offense, 2nd defense
1991- 3rd offense, 4th defense
1992- 1st offense, 3rd defense
1993- 1st offense, 16th defense
1994- 1st offense, 6th defense
So in a 14 year period, they had a top 5 offense nine times and a top 10 offense all fourteen years. Defensively they were top 5 ten times and top 10 twelve times. It really is ashamed how overlooked the dynasty defense is, cause that track record could be put up against all the named defenses.
I looked back in the last ten years and I found the following Super Bowl winning teams:
2011 giants- 9th offense, 25th defense
2007 giants- 14th offense, 17th defense
2006 colts- 2nd offense, 23rd defense
To your point tho, teams like this would have struggled to make the playoffs let alone win the title. The current environment of the nfl has allowed partial teams to thrive, by getting hot at the right time.