Originally Posted by Priceless Blaze
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.
Rings ultimately give franchises credibility and fans will ride that as long as possible. Saints fans can easily say, sure the Falcons are good this year but they've been good before and have choked. And this of course is true and the Falcons definitely have something to prove come playoff time. Same thing can be said about the Texans although it's not really fair as Schwab got hurt last year and who knows what they would have/could have done if he hadn't.
Better? Look right now.
Credibility? Look over a longer period of time.
Overall success? Look over a long period of time.
Look at the Eagles in the early to mid 2000s too. A lot of good seasons but they really didn't get any credibility from it as they consistently choked in the NFC championship or before.