B/R: “I am a Dallas writer. The Cowboys have had their success in the past, but it has been a long draught. The Steelers have been to eight Super Bowls in three different decades.
In your estimation, what is it that keeps the Steelers that close to the top and keeps them competing for championships decade after decade?"
Bettis: “It’s the ownership’s philosophy of how this team is going to play football. The way they designed this team is with great defense, a great running game and timely play from the quarterback position.
“That’s the recipe. It doesn’t change from coach to coach. It’s the coach that has to blend his ideas into the system. Because of that, they are able to draft the same type of players and insert them without having to start over because the coach wants a whole different system.
The system is in place from ownership. The coach’s job is to mandate that system and make it work.”
There can be little doubt that the Rooney family is the driving force behind the long-term success of their team. They have committed themselves to a program that works and do not deviate from it.
The Rooneys do their diligence when hiring a head coach. Consequently, the Steelers have had but three head coaches in 42 years. They are about to compete for their seventh Lombardi trophy.
Meanwhile, Jerry Jones has plowed through six head coaches in 22 years and is now on his seventh. Each coach has come with a different blueprint for success. Each one since the first one, Jimmy Johnson, has been, more often than not, unsuccessful.
It may be hard for Dallas Cowboys fans to accept that the Steelers are playing for another world championship in the home of their Cowboys. It may be hard to accept that the Cowboys’ old nemesis doesn’t even consider them a factor anymore. It may be hard to accept that the Cowboys are having to re-group and rebuild once again while the Steelers just reload.
It may be hard to accept. But it isn’t hard to understand.