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i watched those games. they STILL have the record for least points allowed at 129 points total and the lowest average at 9.2 points per game. jerry glanville was a assistant on that defense but helped mold the gritz blitz defense of putting 9, sometimes 10 or more defenders in the box, waaay before buddy ryan and the bears did it............

https://billkuhn.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/who-was-the-nfls-greatest-defense-of-all-time/

Who Was The NFL’s Greatest Defense Of All-Time?

Filed under: NFL — Bill @ 5:04 pm

When you think of the NFL’s greatest defenses ever teams like the 1985 Chicago Bears come to mind, or teams like the ’75 Steelers, the ’86 N.Y. Giants, or the 2001 Baltimore Ravens.There are a number of ways to evaluate a defense but let’s make it simple. The outcome of the game is determined by points, who scores the most or gives up the least. With that premise in mind there is an easy way to figure out who had the best defense of all-time.Which team allowed the least amount of points? Was it the ’85 Bears or ’01 Ravens?
Maybe the ’75 Steel Curtain?
The NFL record for least points allowed isn’t owned by any of those teams. Instead the record belongs to the 1977 Atlanta Falcons.
Yes, that isn’t a typo, I said the 1977 Atlanta Falcons. They own the record for least points allowed at an astonishingly low 129 points (this was in a 14 game season). That’s only 9.2 pts. per game.First year Falcons head coach Leeman Bennett hired a young brash defensive guru named Jerry Glanville, who used a similar style defensive system that Buddy Ryan later made famous. Glanville’s Falcons would often put 9 defenders up on the line of scrimmage, and opposing QB’s never knew where the blitz was coming from. Because the Falcons offense was so pathetic (scoring only 12.8 pts. per game, ranked 25th out of 26 teams), the defense never got a chance to rest. On two occasions the Falcons defense held their opponents under 100 yards of offense and LOST!. They finished the season 7-7, out of the playoffs.

Had this defense played in a bigger market like Chicago or New York you can bet that we would have heard much more about them. Instead this terrific defense languished in anonymity. Only two of it’s member made the All-Pro team, DE Claude Humphrey & CB Roland Lawrence.

Here are some mind-popping stats on the ’77 Falcons defense:

They allowed only:
14 TD’s all season (5 rushing, 9 passing)
(That’s only 1 TD per game!)
They allowed 9 passing TD’s but had 26 Int’s
98.9 passing yards per game
13.7 1st downs per game
+23 on the takeaway/giveaway ratio
Here is a comparison of the great defensive teams of all-time (plus this season’s Super Bowl teams).
Points allowed per game (Total points allowed)
9.2 (129) – 1977 Falcons
10.6 (148) – 1977 Broncos (the “Orange Crush”)
11.6 (162) – 1975 Steelers (the “Steel Curtain”)
12.2 (171) – 1972 Dolphins (the 17-0 team)
12.2 (196) – 2002 T.B. Bucs
12.4 (198) – 1985 Bears
14.2 (227) – 1984 S.F. 49ers
14.8 (236) – 1986 N.Y. Giants
16.6 (265) – 2001 Ravens
17.1 (274) – 2007 Patriots
21.9 (351) – 2007 N.Y. Giants
Here is the starting lineup for the 1977 Atlanta Falcons, see if any of these names ring a bell
DE – Claude Humphrey
DT – Jim Bailey
DT – Mike Lewis
DE – Jeff Merrow
LB – Robert Pennywell
LB – Fulton Kuykendall
LB – Greg Brazina
CB – Roland Lawrence
SS – Ray Brown
FS – Ray Easterling
CB – Rick Byas

Not exactly household names are they,
yet statistically they are the greatest defensive team of all-time.

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They are my favorite defense of all times. The NFL hadn't seen creative jailbreak blitzes like that. And yes I'm including the steelers (Oaklands was nasty too). Man what a D!

you are correct. ive NEVER seen a defense swarm like that defense. EVER. everybody had a hat on the ball including the ball boy.......lol

by the way, i loved those old oakland defenses with jack tatum also, but for a couple of years, that falcon defense couldnt be matched.....

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you are correct. ive NEVER seen a defense swarm like that defense. EVER. everybody had a hat on the ball including the ball boy.......lol

by the way, i loved those old oakland defenses with jack tatum also, but for a couple of years, that falcon defense couldnt be matched.....

One year. That's why they aren't remembered. It was just one good year and the team went 7-7.

The other reason the Falcons aren't remembered as the best defense ever is because of the 76 Steelers. Yeah, they gave up points more than the Falcons, but they gave up 110 of then in the first 5 games. After that they didn't give up a TD in 8 of the remaining 9 games and had 5 shut outs in the last 9 games of the year.

There were a lot of great defenses in 76 and 77, so great that the NFL was becoming miserable to watch. That is why the league changed the rules in 78 to stop defenses from abusing receivers all the way down the field and then offenses actually existed again after that.

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http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2009/3/10/775679/a-statistical-analysis-on

Here's an interesting link discussing the greatest defenses of all time.

great post. the IN DEPTH statistical analysis backs up my post. the guy who did this article is a trip though. being a steeler fan, he KEPT working different numbers and scenarios until he could find one where he could rank the steelers first.laugh.png , but based on RAW NUMBERS, the falcons defense still ranks number one........

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2009/3/10/775679/a-statistical-analysis-on

Based on just this data, we would conclude that the rankings of these defenses should be as follows:

  1. 1977 Falcons
  2. 1976 Steelers
  3. 2000 Ravens
  4. 1991 Eagles
  5. 2008 Steelers
  6. 1973 Rams
  7. 1985 Bears
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