Azrael wrote:IMO, if you are the only undefeated champion EVER, you are automatically No. 1 until there becomes another undefeated champion.
Sorry, but I have seen all these teams play. The 1971 Dolphins were the best team in 1971. The 89 49ers was definitely a better team overall. It's not just looking at a teams accomplishments for 1 year. It's looking at each team as a whole and judging which team is better. The Dolphins weren't even the team of the decade (70's). That distinction belongs to the Steelers.
Don't just look at what the Dolphins did in 1971. Go down the rosters and compare each player at each position. The 1971 Dolphins would get killed by the 1989 49ers if you compare the teams that way.
If you go down the rosters and compare each player at each position, the 1971 Dolphins might not even be in the top 10. They are in there only because they went undefeated. If they happened to lose one game that year, they wouldn't even be in the conversation.