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In Response To: Pittsburgh Steelers: Greatest NFL Franchise?


It's a silly question. The Steelers in the 70s were a dynasty. We're 30 years removed from those teams.

However, we can say that is an extremely well run franchise. Over those 30 years, the Steelers have almost always been competitive, even when they've struggled to find new quarterbacks. They've had only a few coaches over that time, and have made strong hires each time.

Only the Cowboys even come close to that level of consistency, for that length of time. The Packers, the Giants, the Patriots, 49ers and Broncos were all moribund franchises when the Steelers started their first dynastic run -- and they've each had bigger down-times since. For a time, the Raiders gave them a run for consistency, but the Raiders are now one of the most poorly-run teams. The Dolphins had a good run under coach Shula, but haven't seen much success since.

Dynasty? Not with only 2 titles since the end of their dynasty 30 years ago. Still, the Steelers are the gold standard for long-term success in the post-merger era. On the other hand, the Steelers were the worst franchise in the pre-merger era, with the same Rooney family in charge -- so, maybe it balances out.

FISCHY | February 3, 2009 12:49 PM

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Yeah, they're a well run team and have won the championship 6 times, more than any other franchise. I don't think the Rooney's, Steelers, or their fans are asking for anything more than to be able to keep playing football. And if 30 years from now, we've won a few more, perhaps then you can put the "greatest team" mantle on us. But right now, it doesn't very much matter. We won another one and are very happy to be apart of the Nation.

Posted by: snapple1 | February 4, 2009 5:34 AM

I would like to know from Kar, who does he think IS the greatest NFL franchise??

Posted by: leeh11281 | February 4, 2009 3:13 PM

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