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Let the hype begin – Patriots or Steelers – Team of the Decade?

May 27, 2009

18__1228088263_6940It’s just 3 months post-Super Bowl and already the chattering has started – which team earns the title as “Team of the Decade?”

Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots.

With five championships between them so far this decade, the title is up for grabs. Steelers fans will claim it, pending one more championship and Pats fans ALREADY are running their mouths as IF they have it nailed.

No doubt, the Patriots are a great team. Tom Brady is a fantastic quarterback.  They have an outstanding offensive line and pass protection.  They even have a decent defense. I won’t begin to discount their championships. They are a great team, cheating aside, they still have to go out and perform….and they have. (I know, tough hit there with the cheating thing…had to go and bring that up, right?)

However, the Steelers – and yes, I am probably biased since they are my team – are also a great team.  Sure, could our O-line use some help, absolutely.  But so could the Pats secondary!

That said, ESPN.com’s James Walker and Len Pasquerelli debate the teams and their successes on the AFC North blog.

I wholeheartedly disagree with Pasquerelli on the Pats defense.  Wasn’t it just last season the Steelers pretty much whooped that New England butt? I mean, don’t make me pull out the Ryan Clark hit again.  I will.  Do we need to be reminded? 

I’ll be the first to admit that the Steelers have issues on offense.  Believe me, we Steelers fans KNOW this.  But to try to say that the Steelers defense will be weaker than the Pats defense is absolutely insane.  I’m thinking Pasquerelli must have suffered from a “Deebo” hit before that even came out of his mouth.

The facts:

The Steelers had the #1 defense in the NFL in 2008.

James Harrison was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

He and Woodly had nearly 30 sacks. 

I’m sorry Pasquerelli, say what you want about our offensive issues….but leave my defense alone. Oh, and by the way, Dick Lebeau? You are going to say the best defensive coordinator in the League, what, is insignificant compared to Belichick? *sigh*

Well, if there’s one thing I know – it’s that Mike Tomlin (remember him?) will take this type of article and use it as fodder to create intensity in our team. 

Forget the Ravens for a second…I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting the Pats in the AFC Championship.  I’m sure the rest of the team will feel the same way when they see this article.

Oh and by the way Pasquerelli, it’s May!  Brady’s been off the field for more than a year. He had major knee surgery – think about FWP for a second here and how bounced right back – right? 

Let’s wait and see how he reacts being back on the field and whether or not he nurses that knee a little or not. 

And don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the Pats aren’t a great team. I’m saying before we anoint them “Team of the Decade” that we wait out the entire decade!  It’s still only 2009 folks.  Steelers still have a championship in them, that I am certain.

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2009 5:58 pm

    You know you’re my girl… but I think you are being slightly biased. Pats have gone to 4 SBs this decade alone, and won 3 of them. If we want to talk overall history, of course the Steelers trump them. But as of now, the Pats have the better history of the decade.

    I will say, however, that all of this preseason hype baffles me. I know Belichick is still the coach and Brady will be back, but the defense is still old. Right NOW I say the Steelers are better, because they are the SB Champs… But you have to put down the Kool Aid for this one. Until the Steelers go to more SB’s and win more this decade, you can’t go against history

  2. Joey (Nokemono) permalink
    May 27, 2009 6:06 pm

    Both sides have good arguments but I have to side with the Pats on this one. So many things went wrong for the Steelers and they still made it to the playoffs, which lead to a Super Bowl victory. But losing the best QB in the game really hurts, not just a little; but alot. And yet the Pats (w/ the best coach in the game) found a way to not give up on the season and gave people alot to think about. Their defense was old & slow and now had been upgraded nicely. Add T. Brady back into the mix with some new offensive weapons… Not saying just saying…

  3. carolinaware permalink
    May 27, 2009 6:06 pm

    So if you get to the dance and but don’t get the ‘girl’ you still win?? @ that one SB they went to and didn’t win. Couple that with the fact that they went undefeated that whole season only to lose in the final game to a team that wasn’t even supposed to be there and I really give no credit.

    We both have the same number of wins at the end of the day. We both ended up the same that one year the Giants won. With no ring. Period.

    You play to win the game- Herm Edwards. They didn’t win that one they went to so we are tied. We will see what happens in the remaining time.

  4. steelergurl permalink*
    May 27, 2009 6:12 pm

    @ Joey
    Best QB in the league. ok.
    But in my mind…and I am being realistic here…ben’s right behind him, with Peyton in the mix there too.

    Did ya’ll read Pasquerelli’s comments? that’s my main beef….he basically said Pats defense is better than Steelers. I have HUGE issue with that argument. it’s bogus.

    @carolinaware…lol @ Herm Edwards lol

  5. May 27, 2009 6:19 pm

    Right, let the squabbling begin 😉

    I didn’t read the full ESPN piece, but it does sound rather preposterous to rank the Pats defense above the Steelers defense.
    The Pats defensive weakness isn’t so much the secondary (particularly since it’s now been addressed w/ the signing of Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs, and the selection of Darius Butler). Rather, it’s their pass rush, which is probably best described as “ambitious but crap”.

    But which one’s better? I’m obviously biased toward New England, but to be honest, does it really matter?
    Having discussions like these almost goes against the entire goal of “parity”.
    These two teams are great examples of how to establish a winning culture within a franchise and maintain continuity and success over a long period of time.

  6. steelergurl permalink*
    May 27, 2009 6:21 pm

    Amen:
    “These two teams are great examples of how to establish a winning culture within a franchise and maintain continuity and success over a long period of time.”

  7. May 27, 2009 6:28 pm

    @ Carolinaware, they actually won 3 out of 4, so there no tie that you speak of. 3 is still more than 2, and while agree that they looked bad not winning against the Giants when they were undefeated, as of right now they’ve gone to the dance more and won more.

  8. almostsuited permalink
    May 27, 2009 6:33 pm

    Don’t forget the fact that the Patriots play in a much (did I mention MUCH) weaker division. I would give my right arm, my left arm, and my first three kids to get to play Miami, NY Jets, and the Bills twice each year. The Patriots might as well go out and play against the best high school football teams in the north instead of playing against their division rivals.

    Sure, they won a lot against other teams during this decade, but barely missing out on the playoffs last year just proves my point. They had a great record and couldn’t make it to the dance because they finally had some competition in their division.

    My two cents. It’s far too early in the offseason to even be thinking about this stuff!!!!

  9. May 27, 2009 6:35 pm

    A decade consists of 10 years. Since 1998, the Pats have won 3 rings and the Steelers, 2. That’s all…

  10. carolinaware permalink
    May 27, 2009 6:53 pm

    I was counting that back too. I stand corrected Miss. @ miscount. They have 3 and we have 2.

  11. May 27, 2009 6:57 pm

    @almostsuited whoa, let me preface this with I roll with the BUFFALO BILLS!

    So… other than the Baltimore Ravens what team in the AFC North is handing out loses? Cincinnati…Cleveland? Mind you…the Dolphins won the division and made the playoffs last year. It’s the NFL and to compare any team to a HS football team is ridiculous.

    Let’s see how much competition the Bengals and Browns (although they do play the Steelers hard) gives you guys this year.

  12. May 27, 2009 7:05 pm

    @almostsuited Come on now, so you discredit a team because they play in a weak division?? They are doing what they are supposed to do. I remember them battling a pretty good Colts team year in and out, not to mention they still went 11-5 in 2008 with a QB who hasn’t start since HS.

    and in agreement with Pigskin Loving Lady, the Browns and Bengals are pretty much wins for the Steelers, especially the Browns. LOL it works both ways!

  13. almostsuited permalink
    May 27, 2009 7:05 pm

    Pigskinlovinglady,

    Might you forget that we had to beat (via injury) the Bungles to win our first SuperBowl this decade.

    I’m not entirely knocking your Bills, but during a span of SIX years this decade all three teams (including your Bills) had losing records. I’m sure the Patriots beat each team twice during that span of six years.

    I happen to agree with you that the Steeler’s division isn’t a complete powerhouse, but it’s not a cakewalk either. Sure the Browns and the Bungles don’t always show up, so you better believe it’s either the Steelers or the Ravens making the playoffs (many times it’s both). Can you say that about the Patriots division?

  14. May 27, 2009 7:29 pm

    “A decade consists of 10 years.”

    yes it does & I usually start my decades with a year that ends in 0. Hence I would start this decade in the year 2000, meaning the Steelers still have time to win another Super Bowl and tie the Pats before the decade is over.

  15. May 27, 2009 7:30 pm

    Nice blog. You’ve obviously put a lot of work into it.

    I hate these types of debates. Both teams have been great this decade, ironically though when they’ve played each other, most of the games have been one-sided – both teams have scored some memorable blowouts of the other.

    As a Patriots fan, naturally you know which way I lean. I think I’ll submit that during two of the Patriots Super Bowl seasons, they beat the Steelers in the AFC CG. That’s got to count for something.

    Hopefully this year they meet in the postseason again, and this debate will have its answer there.

  16. Joey (Nokemono) permalink
    May 27, 2009 7:39 pm

    The Pats defense isn’t better but what makes them good is that they can make a stop when needed. And when your offense can score on almost every possession it makes the defense look that much better.

    And don’t sleep on the Bungles this season. I know they probably won’t live up to there potential but I think if they really try they can steal a Wildcard spot from someone.

    As for the best team of the decade, the best the Steelers can do is match what the Pats have done. In which case who’s better then??

  17. May 28, 2009 1:05 am

    Short and sweet, Patriots 1, Steelers 0, Patriots when team of the decade. Now excuse me while I go hurl, LOL!!!

  18. Ian permalink
    May 28, 2009 2:24 pm

    You can never bring up the Hated Patriots’ cheating enough. Filming the other team’s signals is what they got cought at. Once a cheater, always a cheater. What haven’t they gotten cought at?

    The first time the Steelers played the Hated Patriots after the scandal and what do you know?…our defense destroys them! Hmmm…or as the Gurl would say, *sigh*.

    As for Lenny and his beyond stupid comments? He’s just a journalist who has run out of interesting things to say, so he wrote something stupid and got just as much attention.

  19. May 28, 2009 9:17 pm

    I say the pats just because they ahve won more rings this decade then the steelers. I look at it likw this tom brady won his 3 rings without a great wideout ben had hines ward to throw to, and a good run game for his firts ring. Brady had no run game for his first 2 rings and a decent run game his 3rd ring brady. Defense i agree i would give the edge to the steelrs u had a great d. Lets not forget sb 40 is known as the worst officated superbowl ever where the steelers got alot of bs calls. The team of the decade is the pats.

  20. tat2dsteelergal permalink
    May 28, 2009 9:51 pm

    Now I’m no football expert by any means but I just had to comment…

    “But the area where the Patriots own the biggest edge is on the defensive front.” – Len Pasquarelli. WHAT!? Really? I don’t know why I even clicked on that article, I knew it was gonna piss me off. Really? What are you watching, your kids playing Madden or what!?

    The decade isn’t over yet…I’m glad everyone downplays the Steelers, it just makes them play HARDER (without cheating). As a organization they have more integrity than the Pats will EVER have. The Steelers will continue to prove themselves this year on the Stairway to Seven. If we are going strictly on trophy count for the decade…we’ll tie ’em this year…

    Patriots are as much the “Team of the Decade” as the Cowgirls are “America’s Team.” Excuse me while I PUKE and use a Brown’s shirt to wipe my mouth…

    …Steeler Nation…

    *shoulda never clicked on that damn article…*

  21. steelergurl permalink*
    May 28, 2009 10:55 pm

    Classic:
    “Excuse me while I PUKE and use a Brown’s shirt to wipe my mouth…”
    MR, you crack me up…

  22. Varmint permalink
    May 29, 2009 1:11 am

    I won’t go so far as to defend Pasqy, but I think his comment is being blown out of proportion. Len is supposed to be a disciple of the “win on the line of scrimmage” philosophy and the Pats* do have a good DL. I don’t agree with the notion they are better than Snack and Aaron Smith, but it’s not a completely absurd claim. The Pats* do have three solid guys on the line.

    I think he’s oversimplifying things. We also have Deebo and the Wookie attacking the edges of that line. And we have Potsie and Timmons supporting the middle. In a 3-4 defense, there’s a lot more than just three guys working on the line of scrimmage.

    As for the QB comparisons… Big Ben took one of the worst OLs in the league to the big show and won. Brady took one of the best OLs and lost.

  23. May 31, 2009 2:24 pm

    Decade Shmecade.

    Who won LAST year?

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