Overrated team that played in an era of what....25 teams or something? No salary cap? Going up against an OL of all pro bowlers and Ben Coates and Gronk and Brady and that team would have no idea what hit them. That defense never faced a player anything like Gronk, let alone the GOAT
John Stallworth and Lynn Swann? Wow. Just wow. So let me explain how that would go. Ty Law would hit Swan in the mouth and Rodney would knock pretty boy Stallworth into next Wednesday and if they go across the middle one of the many Pats LBs will end them.
I don't think you're old enough to realize what the Steelers defense would do to the Pats. If you're talking about Ty Law hitting someone in the mouth, consider the other side of the field. Brady's not very effective in games where he gets hit a lot, those guys would have him running from shadows by halftime.
And, full disclosure, the Steelers are near the top of my "most hated franchises" list.
I don't think there's any real takeaway from this thread beyond your liking the Patriots and don't know much about the history of the league. And, as an fyi, the "fewer teams and no salary cap" means that a) the talent was concentrated in the fewer teams and b) there wasn't the parity that comes with a salary cap.
So what that means is that there were the same number of Pro Bowlers but that Brady did more winning with guys like David Patten and Givens, against teams loaded with Pro Bowlers, like the Colts, than the Steelers ever did.
Give Brady a team full of Pro Bowlers like the Cowboys and Niners and whatnot and how many rings does Brady win? 13?
Hey I think I see a call coming into a phone booth over there. It's for you. It's the past.
Hey could you do me a favor and tell us all stories about how great Jim Taylor was when the league had virtually no black guys and had half as many teams and played like 10 games a year.
Or maybe we could hear about how great the league was back when Joe Namath made a Hall of Fame career on 50% passing and would have a cigarette and coffee for breakfast.
Maybe we could discuss how incredible the Steel Curtain was before the zone blitz was even invented.
Perhaps we could get into how today's Patriots would play in coverage back when the horse collar was legal and when you could play defense on a guy without being called for breathing on him.
We could discuss how incredibly good and athletic the league was back in the days of no black quarterbacks.
Please. Please tell me about the glorious history of the league before Tom Brady showed up and broke every record. It should be very interesting.