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Of course they were. They went to 2 SUPER BOWLS, WINNING 2 AFCCGs in the process, had several 12+ win seasons, including that spectacular 14-2 season of 1984 where their offense shattered NFL records and went to the SB. That team wouldve won most SBs. Unfortunately for them they ran into what could be argued to be the greatest team ever, the 84 49ers who went 15-1, losing only by a FG and boasting the top defense in the league.
Originally Posted by nyjunc
Also during that span they were the lone team to defeat the 85 Bears who some consider to have the greatest single season defense ever and who also went 15-1. No question that phins team was elite.
Going 9-7 and 11-5, winning no division titles, and getting destroyed in the AFCCG twice hardly qualifies as elite. Especially when you consider the team had no business in the playoffs the first season because it was gift wrapped and they really only defeated one good team in the playoffs each season. Both 1st round games the Jests won were vs. teams that just werent any good and the divisional round wins required a great deal of luck.