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View Poll Results: Best NFL Defense
00 Ravens 5 13.16%
76 Steelers 2 5.26%
13 Seahawks 1 2.63%
02 Bucs 2 5.26%
91 Eagles 3 7.89%
08 Steelers 1 2.63%
85 Bears 18 47.37%
Other 6 15.79%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-20-2015, 06:06 AM
 
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The best defense I ever saw play was the '85 Bears hands down. Marino and the Dolphins figured them out one Monday night but no other team had a chance against them. They went 15-1 and of course 3-0 on their way to winning the Super Bowl and of those 19 total games, they held 14 of those opponents to 10 points or less!

During the regular season, they recorded 64 QB sacks but more impressively, they forced 61 turnovers or just under 4 per game! And in their 3 playoff games they recorded 16 QB sacks and forced another 10 turnovers.. just ridiculous..
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:10 AM
 
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I would like to go with the '76 Steelers, but I'll pick the 2000 Ravens and the 1985 Bears second for one reason: both defenses had the rules stacked against them, especially the 2000 Ravens. Unlike the Steel Curtain of 1976, the "00 Ravens could not bump and hit receivers as they ran their pass patterns all over the field, they could be penalized for hitting receivers or quarterbacks helmet-to-helmet, they could not gang tackle quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage, nor could they head-slap opposing offensive linemen who could block them with arms extended and hands open, as opposed to blockers in '76 who had to pass-block with closed hands and arms held tight to their upper chests. I like the 1976 Steeler defense, but they and other defenses had things a lot easier in their era, which by the way, was a vastly better era of NFL football in my opinion.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I would like to go with the '76 Steelers, but I'll pick the 2000 Ravens and the 1985 Bears second for one reason: both defenses had the rules stacked against them, especially the 2000 Ravens. Unlike the Steel Curtain of 1976, the "00 Ravens could not bump and hit receivers as they ran their pass patterns all over the field, they could be penalized for hitting receivers or quarterbacks helmet-to-helmet, they could not gang tackle quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage, nor could they head-slap opposing offensive linemen who could block them with arms extended and hands open, as opposed to blockers in '76 who had to pass-block with closed hands and arms held tight to their upper chests. I like the 1976 Steeler defense, but they and other defenses had things a lot easier in their era, which by the way, was a vastly better era of NFL football in my opinion.
If my memory serves me correctly, i think that '76 Steeler defense gave up just over 100 total points (6 Shutouts) in a 14 game season.. crazy good...
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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If my memory serves me correctly, i think that '76 Steeler defense gave up just over 100 total points (6 Shutouts) in a 14 game season.. crazy good...

Crazy good is right. The Steelers gave up 129 points in the 1976 regular season. In 1977 there were some interesting figures worth looking at for four clubs not mentioned here.

Atlanta Falcons--gave up 129 points--nicknamed "Gritz Blitz"

Denver Broncos--gave up 148 points--nicknamed "Orange Crush"

Los Angeles Rams--gave up 146 points

Miami Dolphins--gave up 197 points
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Old 06-06-2015, 05:07 PM
 
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85 Bear defense, hands down
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