LEGERE: Hub, I have to agree with you, and again, I hearken back to the great Steelers teams of the 1970s. Compare the Patriots’ dearth of Hall of Fame players to the all-star cast that fueled those Pittsburgh teams. Nine of them are in the Hall of Fame: WR John Stallworth, LB Jack Ham, WR Lynn Swann, DE Joe Greene, C Mike Webster, CB Mel Blount, QB Terry Bradshaw, RB Franco Harris and LB Jack Lambert, in addition to coach Chuck Noll. It’s mind-boggling that all nine of those players played together for eight straight years, from 1974-81.
By comparison, New England’s cast of impact players is constantly in flux, with the only constants being Brady and Belichick, although Gronkowski has provided an unparalleled weapon for the past nine years. But there’s no one else who has provided the year-to-year continuity that those Steelers teams enjoyed. To me, that makes the achievements of Belichick and Brady second to none, and it’s not even close.