Easy answer... the original 16 teams when the league expanded in 1967.
Capital Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins New Orleans Saints
Century Cleveland Browns New York Giants St. Louis Cardinals (Formerly Chicago, now Arizona) Pittsburgh Steelers
Coastal Los Angeles Rams (Formerly Los Angeles, now St. Louis) Baltimore Colts (Now Indianapolis) San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons
Central Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings
Strong consideration to replace the Saints and Falcons: 1. Oakland Raiders: because of their history, Al Davis' involvement in the AFL-NFL merger, and the strong market they represent. 2. Miami Dolphins: because of their history, and the strong market they represent.
I like your list. About the only change I'd make is I'd keep the Cleveland Browns and boot out either the Chiefs (small market, limited success/only one SB victory) or the Buffalo Bills. No SB championships, Scott Norwood, Rob Johnson not knowing the playbook!?! etc.
While the Browns have not even been to the Super Bowl during the SB era, they won many championships during the pre Super Bowl era, they have the history of Jim Brown, and most of all, they already had their team taken away once, you can't do that to the city of Cleveland again! Haven't they suffered enough already after the drive, the fumble, drafting Tim Couch etc.
Howie wrote:I would use team history, success, prestige, etc as factors. You can use whatever you want to determine which teams are worth keeping around. Obviously, this would never happen in reality as there is too much money to be made by having 32 teams, so this is purely hypothetical. To even the playing field a little, I'll only take into account teams/games in the Super Bowl era. So...teams 1-16 would remain in the NFL, and teams 17-32 would be cut. And remember, there is no difference between 1 and 16, only between 16 and 17.
MADE THE CUT (get to stay in the NFL)
1. Dallas Cowboys - 5 championships, Americas team 2. San Fransisco 49ers - 5 championships 3. Pittsburgh Steelers - again, cant argue with the team's success 4. Green Bay Packers - prestigious 5. New England Patriots - Dynasty of the 2000s, and made Super Bowl apperances in the 80s and 90s 6. New York Giants 7. Chicago Bears - only 1 championship, but the tradition is there 8. Washington Redskins 9. Oakland Raiders - 6 years of sucktitude doesnt outweigh 30 years of excellence 10. Denver Broncos - history of success 11. Minnesota Vikings 12. Indianapolis Colts 13. Miami Dolphins - having the only perfect season gets them over the hump 14. Philadelphia Eagles 15. Buffalo Bills - something has to be said for making 4 straight Super Bowls 16. Kansas City Chiefs
DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT
17. Cleveland Browns 18. New York Jets 19. Baltimore Ravens 20. Tampa Bay Bucs - one ring doesn't quite make up for decades of losing 21. St. Louis Rams 22. Tennessee Titans 23. San Diego Chargers - getting a little better 24. Atlanta Falcons 25. Seattle Seahawks 26. Cincinnati Bengals - at least they've been in a couple of Super Bowls 27. Carolina Panthers - a victim of being too new 28. Jacksonville Jaguars - see above 29. New Orleans Saints 30. Arizona Cardinals - the Clippers of the NFL 31. Houston Texans - again, too new 32. Detroit Lions - yuck
As a Jets/Giants fan, the 1st 6 teams to go would be the Pats, Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, Eagles, & Redskins. Then I'd axe Indy & AZ because they both used to be in our divisions. Then I'd axe Houston, Jax, Car, & Balt because they're too new (like you said). Last 4 would be Detroit, NO, Tenn & Cleveland because they've never played in a SB.
Unless I am mistaken the Titans lost to the Rams in '99.
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