Poll Question – Offensive Minded


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What was the greatest offense of all time?

1950 Rams – Two Hall of Fame QBs (Bob Waterfield, Norm Van Brocklin) and two Hall of Fame WRs (Tom Fears, Crazylegs Hirsh). The Rams scored 466 points in a 12-game schedule, an average of 38.8 per game. The 2013 Broncos averaged only 37.8 points per game.

1981 Chargers- Air Coryell – the year the Chargers suffered frostbite at the AFC title game in Cincinnati. QB Dan Fouts, WR Charlie Joiner and TE Kellen Winslow all in the Hall of Fame. Joiner, Winslow and Wes Chandler all had 1,000-yard seasons on a team that scored 55 more points (478) than anyone else.

1999 Rams – The Greatest Show on Turf. HB Marshall Faulk is already in the Hall of Fame and QB Kurt Warner, WRs Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt and OT Orlando Pace are all on the ballot for the Class of 2015. Warner was NFL MVP and the Rams Super Bowl champs.

2013 Broncos – Peyton Manning set NFL records with his 5,477 yards and 55 TDs. WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker had 1,000-yard seasons, TE Julius Thomas caught 12 TD passes and WR Wes Welker 10. Knowshon Moreno also rushed for 1,000 yards for the AFC champs.

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2 Comments

  1. Rich rQuodomine
    July 27, 2014
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    My vote is for the ’99 Rams. I think prior to the SB era, the offenses were just different. I get the Waterfield/Van Brocklin dynamics with Elroy Hirsch. And I know part of it is lack of recency, but I think the 1950 game is not comparable to the other 3. The other 2 offenses simply didn’t win the title. There’s lots of great offenses. Lots of great defenses. But only one team holds the title in the SB era: so I vote Rams.

  2. Jelperman
    July 29, 2014
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    I’m going with the 1981 Chargers. They had the worst defense in the NFL (thanks to the owner’s decision to get rid of Fred Dean) but still almost went to the Super Bowl. They also blazed a trail for offensive football in general. The modern NFL is in large part the work of Don Coryell.

    The Rams are an interesting case, since they Ran the same offense as the Chargers did under Coryell. In fact, most of the offensive coaching staff under Dick Vermiel were Coryell’s old assistants or disciples (including Vermiel, Mike Martz, Jim Hanifan and Al Saunders).

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