The Pittsburgh Steelers have historically performed as one of the best teams in NFL history, owning the most Super Bowl championships, six, and the fourth-most victories of any franchise in football.
Ahead of the New England Patriots’ matchup with Pittsburgh on Sunday, head coach Bill Belichick praised his upcoming opponent’s consistency through the decades.
“They have great continuity. I mean they’ve had three coaches since what? The late ‘60s? Coach (Bill) Cowher, coach (Mike) Tomlin, that goes what? Twenty-five years? Two general managers, two coaches; they’ve had a lot of continuity,” Belichick told reporters during his media availability. “When you have continuity like they have in their organization – they haven’t really changed defenses much over that same quarter of a century.
“So as a scout, I mean I could scout for the Steelers. I mean I’ve seen them, they do the same thing, they stay with it, so you know what kind of players they’re looking for at each position.
“They build up, they have a very extensive scheme through their continuity so they do quite a bit in terms of the volume of their plays that you have to defend, but they can do them because they’ve been doing them over and over again and they have a lot of the same guys doing them. I mean offensively it’s really all of the same guys here for the last couple of years.”
A four-time Super Bowl champion himself, Belichick would make quite the scout.