The New England Patriots will play in their eighth Super Bowl since 2001 under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and the duo could win their sixth Super Bowl if the Pats beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
The Pats will go down as one most accomplished dynasties in sports history, but Tony Dungy doesn’t believe they are even the greatest dynasty in NFL history.
Dungy said during media availability during Super Bowl week that he considers the Cleveland Browns of the 1950s to be the greatest dynasty in NFL history.
“Well, you’d have to look at the longevity,” Dungy said according to MassLive. “…In the 50s it was Otto Graham and the Browns and they did it for a decade, and then Packers did it for a decade, and then Dallas, and the 49ers were close in terms of doing it with two different groups — coach (Bill) Walsh passed it along to George Seifert. But to stay from 2001 to 2017, to maintain the excellence for 17 years, it’s pretty amazing. Would you say it’s better than the Browns in the 50s? Probably not, but to do it for that long period of time, it’s pretty incredible.”
Dungy’s Indianapolis Colts had many battles against the Patriots, and he won one Super Bowl during that stretch with Peyton Manning. But the Patriots stood in their way for most of the 2000s, and Dungy has been hesitant to give the Pats the credit they deserve.
Before the 2017 season, Dungy even ranked Tom Brady as the sixth best quarterback in NFL history. No, seriously.
Calling the 1950s Browns the greatest dynasty in history is ridiculous on a number of levels. There wasn’t even a Super Bowl then.
Dungy’s anti-Patriot comments seem like sour grapes since they likely prevented his teams from winning more Super Bowls. Perhaps if they win three or four more Super Bowls with Brady then he’ll give them some credit.
(h/t Yahoo Sports)