So after completing 65, 67, 72, 78, 81, and 2010 I have decided to make the foray into a decade I have yet to play in the 90’s. I have selected 1991, not only did the Jets make the playoffs by winning a memorable play-in game vs Miami on the season’s final weekend (Johnny Hector was a beast that day) but the season featured two of the best defenses I have observed in my lifetime. The Philadelphia Eagles which led the league in rush, pass and total defense while allowing a completion percentage against of only 44% and the New Orleans Saints which finished second in total defense and allowed just 211 points. With all due respect to the 1985 Bears, this Eagles defense could arguably be the best of all time.
The Washington Redskins won by an average margin of 16+ points a game and allowed just 9 QB sacks all season (5 by the Eagles!!!). Mark Rypien had a career year leading an offense which scored over 30 points a game en route to a Super Bowl victory. The Buffalo Bills offense, led by Jim Kelly, got them to their second consecutive Super Bowl but their defense, which struggled all season without Bruce Smith, would let them down in a blowout loss. Some great names to follow here, such as Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Jim Kelly, John Elway, Dan Marino, Ken O’Brien (well not Ken O’Brien), Ricky Jackson, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin to name just a few.
Hope you enjoy following along, so here goes…