Ever since “Mean” Joe Greene was drafted in 1969, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been regarded as a defensively stout team. One needs look no further than their six Super Bowl champion teams for evidence of that.
None of those teams finished worse than fifth in points allowed. The same applies for yards allowed.
The difficulty lies in trying to establish a pecking order amongst those squads. In three of those six seasons the Steelers fielded the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
And any discrepancy in points and yards allowed by each of these teams is generally very thin.
While it’s no easy task to identify which of these stellar Steelers defenses was the best and which was the worst, there’s no harm in trying.
So where does your favorite edition of the “Steel Curtain” rank?
Read on to find out.
Ranking Criteria: Each team was awarded a rank between one to six (the lower the better) in the following categories: points allowed, yards allowed, turnovers forced and All-Pro selections. I also shaved a point from each team’s worst category for the three squads with a Defensive Player of the Year on the roster.