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bigbluedefense
03-24-2008, 07:05 PM
I was thinking about this earlier, what are the overlooked/underrated units in NFL history?

Some units that come up in my mind are:

-The 80s Bears offensive line
-The 90s Cowboys defense
-The 84 49ers defense
-The 96 Packers defense
-The 80s Eagles dline

theres gotta be more, but im drawing a blank. history buffs, chime in.

nfrillman
03-24-2008, 08:12 PM
An early 90's Saints LB core. They ran the 3-4 and had all four guys make the Pro-Bowl, the only time that has ever happened.

KCJ58
03-24-2008, 08:16 PM
given the utter lack of respect the hall of fame consistently shows it, pick any one of denver's orange crush units. but that's me being a homer.

JayCtlerBMarshConect9 would agree with you

BufFan71
03-24-2008, 08:17 PM
1990's buffalo bills offense

Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed Jim Kelly


geez how many times has Andre Reed been nominated for HOF and didnt get in because of a not-as-good player?

skinzzfan25
03-24-2008, 08:28 PM
The Hogs.

One of the most dominate lines in NFL history, none of which are in the HOF.

bigbluedefense
03-24-2008, 08:32 PM
given the utter lack of respect the hall of fame consistently shows it, pick any one of denver's orange crush units. but that's me being a homer.

i was considering mentioning them, but any defense that has a coined nickname probably isn't that overlooked. they are overlooked, but not as much as the aforementioned units.

bigbluedefense
03-24-2008, 08:34 PM
and guys, we're talking about units that no one really talks about. the HOGs, and the Bills offense does not fit into that category. The Bills are known for that high powered offense, its not overlooked or underrated. The HOGs are considered one of the best olines in NFL history (in my opinion the best oline ever), thats not overlooked (unless youre a HOF voter).

DonWoods33
03-24-2008, 08:58 PM
and guys, we're talking about units that no one really talks about. the HOGs, and the Bills offense does not fit into that category. The Bills are known for that high powered offense, its not overlooked or underrated. The HOGs are considered one of the best olines in NFL history (in my opinion the best oline ever), thats not overlooked (unless youre a HOF voter).

The Electric Company of the OJ Simpson Bills Offensive Line. The 81 49er secondary that had three rookie starters, Ronnie Lott, Carlton Williamson, and Eric Wright. The Houston Oilers Defensive of Robert Brazille, Curly Culp, Elvin Bethea, etc from 77-81.

Chucky
03-24-2008, 09:06 PM
HOMER ALERT

Not really sure what everyone's opinion is on the Bucs defence of the early 00's, but I think they should be up there with some of the best defences ever.

TimD
03-24-2008, 09:13 PM
New York Sack Exchange. One of the few bright spots in Jets history. 0 in the Hall (although only Klecko really deserves it).

http://ffbookmarks.com/images/NFL%20Player%20Photos/The%20New%20York%20Sack%20Exhange-Poster.jpg

kalbears13
03-24-2008, 09:15 PM
The Cleveland Browns as a whole from 1946-1955. (105-17-4). 10 straight championship games and 7 championship wins. Some people forget that the Browns used to be dominant.

SaintsFanForLife
03-24-2008, 09:59 PM
An early 90's Saints LB core. They ran the 3-4 and had all four guys make the Pro-Bowl, the only time that has ever happened.

O yes the good old days....That D with our Offence of now..Could have gone all the way.

neko4
03-24-2008, 10:04 PM
oilers run n shoot Offense?

DawgBone
03-24-2008, 10:11 PM
The Browns running game in the 80's. Both Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner ran for over 1,000 yards in the same season. If it wasnt for the "fumble" or the "drive" the Browns might have some rings to brag about. Those rings alone would have kept Al Lerner from moving the team in the late 90's. Which in turn the Ravens would not exsist right now. Maybe the Browns would have had Ogden or Lewis? Which in turn might have lead to another super bowl?

If only.....

bearsfan_51
03-24-2008, 10:13 PM
I would say the Bears offense of the late 30's/early 40's with Sid Luckman doesn't get it's due. Not only is the QB in the HOF, but so is 4/5 of the offensive line.

In more recent terms, I'd say the Chiefs defenses under Hank Stram were really good. Same with the Vikings teams under Sid Gillman. They were the original Buffalo Bills, except they actually played in a tough conference.

RaiderFan
03-24-2008, 10:16 PM
76 and 83 Raiders those were Great teams

Flyboy
03-25-2008, 12:22 AM
The Dome Patrol imo.

21ST
03-25-2008, 12:35 AM
Gary Clark, Art Monk and Ricky Sander "The Posse" 3 1000 yard receivers

BlindSite
03-25-2008, 03:02 AM
Panthers 03 ST unit doesn't get any credit for the Team's superbowl run but deserves it more than the offense imo.

Only a 12 year history doesn't leave much for me to chime in.

JagHombre22
03-25-2008, 03:44 AM
1999 Jaguars offense....

Jimmy Smith
Keenan McCardell
Fred Taylor
James Stewart
Mark Brunell

nfrillman
03-25-2008, 02:45 PM
HOMER ALERT

Not really sure what everyone's opinion is on the Bucs defence of the early 00's, but I think they should be up there with some of the best defences ever.

I think I'd say they are relatively overlooked. They did the best job slowing down the Rams in that NFC Championship game in 1999-2000 season. On a related note, God Bless Ricky Proehl.

yodabear
03-25-2008, 02:47 PM
2008 St. Louis Rams defense, I LOOKED INTO THE FUTURE!!

Jughead10
03-25-2008, 02:50 PM
I'd have to say the Saints LBers under Mora in the early 90's.

Go_Eagles77
03-25-2008, 02:51 PM
The whole eagles D in the early 90s, first in the league against both the run and the pass.

GermanSaint
03-25-2008, 03:35 PM
I'd have to say the Saints LBers under Mora in the early 90's.

it was the domepatrol , i think in year 1989 .... 3-4 all 4 LBs in the Pro Bowl ....

Jughead10
03-25-2008, 03:36 PM
it was the domepatrol , i think in year 1989 .... 3-4 all 4 LBs in the Pro Bowl ....

I didn't know the exact year they all made it. But all those guys use to get in, just not all in the same year.

terribletowel39
03-25-2008, 03:38 PM
Does the Steelers defense of the 70's count??

terribletowel39
03-25-2008, 03:44 PM
if you're not kidding, you should probably go have your head checked.
yea it was a joke.......:)

some of the greatest defenses of all time can't be overlooked.

badgerbacker
03-25-2008, 03:46 PM
Does the Steelers defense of the 70's count??Yeah, I'd count them as overlooked. I'd also include the Packers QB's during the 90's/2000's. Nobody ever seems to talk about them.

terribletowel39
03-25-2008, 04:00 PM
i was sort of hoping so... otoh, it is good satire for this thread.
Satire is what I am good at.

bigbluedefense
03-25-2008, 08:14 PM
i like some of the selections, a lot of units ive overlooked.

GermanSaint
03-26-2008, 06:09 AM
I didn't know the exact year they all made it. But all those guys use to get in, just not all in the same year.

i think it WAS in the same year ... there is a picture of trading cards on google , showing all of them in a NFC-Jersey.

T-RICH49
03-26-2008, 10:16 AM
The Chiefs defenses under Marty Schottenheimer were SuperBowl championship caliber.Sadly the offense was toilet bowl caliber

Jughead10
03-26-2008, 11:17 AM
The Chiefs defenses under Marty Schottenheimer were SuperBowl championship caliber.Sadly the offense was toilet bowl caliber

Not quite yet. But I feel like in a few years we will be overlooking the Chiefs offensive line of only a few years ago.

zoinks
03-27-2008, 04:17 AM
Everyone knows about the glory years of the Steel Curtain, but you rarely hear people talk about this:

In 1976, the Steelers got off to a rocky 1-4 start before putting on what may be the most dominant defensive performance in NFL history.

Over the next nine weeks, they held opponents to a combined total of only 28 points, and allowed more than 6 points only once. (Yep....0 TD's allowed in 8 of the 9 weeks.) They pitched shutouts in five of those games, including three in a row at one point, and closed the season with consecutive shutouts.

Pretty gaudy.

http://www.nfl.com/teams/schedule?team=PIT&season=1976&seasonType=REG

This was almost certainly the greatest defensive effort of all time; unfortunately, they ended up losing the AFC Championship to Oakland, and their incredible accomplishments that year have now been largely forgotten.

dpl85
03-27-2008, 10:26 PM
I think the defensive line of the 70s/ early 80s Cowboys is kinda overlooked and underrated. There's two in the hall but Bob Lilly played mostly in the 60s and Randy White mostly in the 80s. Harvey Martin had 20 sacks one year but of course it wasnt an official stat until '82. Unfortunately since they lost those two super bowls to Pittsburgh guys like Harvey Martin and Ed Jones don't quite get the regognition they probably deserve.