Originally posted by ShawnJ
I have nothing against the Patriots, but I don't like how Fox commentators kept hyping them as a "dynasty." I'm not sure that's the right way to describe a couple of successful seasons.
dude, i'm not a huge fan of either team (i guess i lean slightly to the patriots, since i was a fan for their season when they got demolished by the bears), but win three super bowls in four years in this era? utterly insane. way more than just a "couple of successful season." and the only year they didn't make it was the super bowl "hangover" year, where a lot of folks intoxicated with their first win thought it was a lock for the playoffs at least. and this time, there are no "well, they didn't face the BEST of the nfc this year." the year the rams got past the eagles, the eagles were considered at least peer level if not higher, and the panthers were considered a fluke (though if they can avoid the injuries they had this year NEXT season, they should destroy the falcons and the division), but this year, no excuses. the eagles came with everything they could, AND a huge day for owens, AND jevon kearse added to the defense. the patriots will keep winning until they mentally decide to start losing. simple as that.
but whatever. people were talking the same way about the cowboys and 49ers back in the 80's and 90's, and i couldn't stand either team, and the talk was just as bad. the difference here seems to be that the cowboys were loaded with players that were supposed to win championships. michael irvin, troy aikman and emmitt smith were all first round draft choices. brady was the drew bledsoe never-supposed-to-play backup, corey dillon was the good but slightly past-his-prime running back castoff from a losing franchise, the secondary lost arguably its best defensive back a couple years ago to a divisional rival, and still held it together.
i will be very interested to see what happens next year without romeo crennel (sp?) there. the defense will obviously go through shifting again, just like last year, but they'll only have bellichik to keep everyone in check.