When you think of a "bad-ass" team, what is it about the team that you think about?
Is it their dominating defense, their explosive offense, or their championships?
Well, that is not the criteria for me. There is a difference between "great" teams and "bad-ass" teams. "Bad-ass" teams not only have that greatness about them, but they have a way of showing it through their swagger and confidence.
They have the guts to say: "We are great, and we are going to gloat about it, and we don't care if you hate it".
Here are my Top 10 in NFL History.
This was the year Brett Favre became an NFL icon, and the Packers became just awesome to watch.
From Favre's magical and unbelievable bombs down the field to Reggie White's sacking ability, the Packers were fun to see every game. We just never knew what was going to happen next.
That's where Desmond Howard, the Super Bowl XXXI MVP and the return master of the 1990's, comes in. He always has the chance to bring it back to the house.
Just watch this:
Yes, they were arrogant.
But they were, and still are, the only undefeated team in the modern era of football.
And that's why they are still pretty bad-ass.
Sure, their stats may not show something incredible or unbelievably awesome, but just the fact that they were 17-0 and gloated about it, puts them on the list.
Thank you Mercury Morris!
"The Greatest Show on Turf"
That was Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Issac Bruce, and others doing their thing.
They had one hell of an offense, especially at home, where they were 10-0 through the full season. They could not be stopped.
This is a bad-ass team because they themselves believed they could do no wrong, and that was all but a lie.
Remember the Sugar Ray Dance?
Yeah, he had the right to do that. His defense in 2000 was one of the greatest in NFL history.
Only giving up 165 points in 16 regular season games, shutting out opponents four times, and eventually winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens were a team that devastated a team's offense.
So while Ray Lewis danced, he and his defense went to work. And in Super Bowl XXXV, my Giants learned that the hard way.
So, how 'bout them Cowboys?
In the 1990's, there was not a more successful, rowdier, and crazier bunch of goofballs than the Dallas Cowboys.
In 1993, they were not only the best team but also the cockiest. With Michael Irvin, Troy Aikmen, and Emmitt Smith leading their offense, the Cowboys would scare opponents with their loud, crude behavior while putting up points left and right.
Also, home-field advantage was at its best. And yes, they won the Super Bowl.
They put the "star" back into the Dallas Star.
Jack Lambert—A fearsome member of the Steel Curtain.
1978 was a year of absolute domination by the Steelers. There was a point where the defense shut out opponents three consecutive games in a row.
With their defense and their solid offense commanded by Terry Bradshaw, they would not only beat their opponents to the ground, but they would try to kill them.
The Steel Curtain was a group of men that had no business playing on a football field unless they were going to rip your arms and legs off. They were that scary.
I mean, just look at Jack Lambert.
Joe Theismann and Joe Montana: What did both of them have in common?
Both had their illustrious careers ended by the Giants' defense. They gave Theismann a broken leg, and a Giants' hit on Montana was instrumental in his trade to Kansas City.
Lawrence Taylor, without question, is one of the top three defensive players in NFL history. Along with Harry Carson and Jim Burt, the Giants' defense wrecked havoc upon 14 teams during the regular season and stormed out with a championship.
Even if Phil Simms had a bad game, LT would just kick someone's butt anytime of the day.
Even if he did drugs, LT symbolized the bad-ass in all of us. He makes you want to tear someone's head off.
More importantly, he makes us want to go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs and have some fun.
The highest scoring team of all-time. They were the dynasty of the decade. With Tom Brady's 50 TD passes and Randy Moss's 3 TD receptions, they were 18-0 going into the Super Bowl.
Yup, sounds like a bad-ass team to me.
The Patriots didn't really try to rip you apart like the '78 Steelers or the '86 Giants teams did. They didn't need to. They just outscored you in every game. They would embarrass their opponents.
They blew out Buffalo twice, Washington, Miami twice, the Jets (once), and basically every team. They were perfect in every facet of the word.
And they absolutely loved it. Probably loved it too much though, since Tom Brady decided to get cocky and call out Plaxico Burress for his prediction.
"We are only going to score 17 points!?" Well, that would have helped actually. But the bad-ass Patriots were the arrogant Patriots that everyone wanted to see go down. So thank you Giants!
But here is a nice video about their 16-0 season.
This was the 2007 Patriots before the 2007 Patriots.
Except I loved this group so much more.
They were favored by 12 points in the NFC Championship against a 14-2 Falcons team. Wow.
They scored the second-most points in NFL history; they were 8-0 at home where they had no chance of losing; their defense was incredible; and they had the most awesome cast characters ever on a team.
Randle Cunningham, rookie Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Jake Reed, Dennis Green (their head coach), and so on and so on.
All of these people showed their superiority over a 15-1 season. That is why it was so stunning to see them lose to Atlanta.
You were just awe-stricken to see this Vikings team every game.
One of the greatest teams ever and a memorable bad-ass team that revolutionized the offense in NFL history.
18-1 with a championship, a revolutionary defense, and Hall of Famers, they had everything you want from a bad-ass team.
Especially this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJNC3dgreaU
To do this the week before the Super Bowl is beyond bad-ass.