Originally Posted by Glass Shatters
I think the validity of the ring for that season should not be questioned. However, the year that you win the ring is the year that you can brag about it until the following Super Bowl. The Saints winning a Super Bowl in 2009 doesn't mean anything now except that they won a Super Bowl...in 2009.
Funny you mention them because that's sorta why I asked this question, a Saints fan use the one ring they have as a reason why they are better then the Falcons, both games this year, 2 different winners, then you got to look at the fact the Falcons are 11-1 and as of yesterday the NFC South Champions, so by how you look at it(and in away, away I look at it also) the Falcons would be the better team right?
I don't really fully grasp what you're asking but to determine if you're a good team right now you have to look at what they've done for you lately. What they did 3, 4, 13, 27, etc years ago has no impact on whether they are good NOW.
However, if you want to consider success of a franchise you can look at how often they make the playoffs, how many championships they've won. Division titles. Etc.
So pretty much the same thing?
Like really anytime I see a former Superbowl team doing bad in a season, people always try to bring up the ring, honestly maybe the only team that can go off that could POSSIBLY be the defending champions, but other then that maybe not who knows, people do seem to live in the past too much when there team's not doing as great as others that have yet to win the big one.