87-89 was very balanced and a powerhouse but they built it over a seven year period and it wasn't a surprise. This team went from outhouse to penthouse in a year...which shows how significant coaching is. Nolan gets credit for bringing in some excellent players and getting rid of troubled players but couldn't developed the offense. Under Singletary even the D seemed to falter.
This coaching staff seems to be equal to the 87-89 guys, though we won't know this for sure until they win a Super Bowl. How they come out in big games will be the difference and Walsh rarely was out-schemed in big games.
The power running game is a bit better now and the passing was better then. Defenses seem pretty even...though this is the better LB group versus a bigger named secondary then.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Oct 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM ]