Banner tried to assert that the six-time Super Bowl champion Steelers, who have appeared in three of the last six Super Bowls and won two of them, really aren’t any more successful than the Eagles on balance, because they haven’t made the playoffs nine of the last 11 years, or been to five conference championship games in the last decade, the way the Eagles have.
I decided to look up playoff records over the last 11 years.
Of note: Pittsburgh missed the playoffs four times in that duration. Twice, they were 9-7. Once they were 8-8. They’ve had one losing record in the last 11 years (2003, 6-10). Philly has missed the playoffs twice in that span, once at 6-10, the other at 8-8.
Clearly, these have been two of the elite franchises in the league over the last 11 years. Only one losing season each is impressive. But the phrase “aren’t any more successful” is laughable, because more Pittsburgh having more playoff victories, more Super Bowl appearances (3-1), and more Super Bowl wins (2-0) is “considerably more successful.”
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