Ed Driscoll

NFL DYNASTIES A THING OF

NFL DYNASTIES A THING OF THE PAST? Kevin Holtsberry, on his Pigskin football blog, links to an article by ESPN.com’s Gregg Garber that says “NFL Dynasties Are No Longer Possible.” Holtsberry says, “Let’s agree for the sake of argument that this is true. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? If you have an opinion leave a comment, post an answer, send me an email, etc. I will post the results and/or links and then post my response.”

My take? It’s a bad thing. I grew up loving the dynasties of the 1970s–the Cowboys, Steelers, and Raiders, and reading up on the dynasties of the past (the Packers of the ’60s, the Giants of the ’50s. The Colts of the ’50s and ’60s). Dynasties brought a consistency to the league, and a certain amount of expectation. And when someone new arrived on the block to challenge those dynasties (the Oilers in the late 1970s, the Niners in the early 1980s), it made it fun to watch.

To my mind football is about consistency, teamwork and planning. And a rollercoaster league where a team is 4-12 the year before and goes the Super Bowl this year has something waaaaay out of whack.