Some say its impossible to repeat a Super Bowl Championship. Â Is it?
I’m no statistical genius, my parents will attest, but there have been just 43 Super Bowls and there have been 7 teams to repeat…and the Steelers have repeated twice out of those seven. Â No team, however, Â has won three in a row. So what are the chances Â and what qualities make a team more likely to repeat?
Strong Coaching Leadership
The Steelers are known for hiring quality head coaches. Â With only three head coaches in the last 40 years and six Super Bowl championships, the Steelers are known for consistency and leadership in coaching staff. Â Coach Tomlin clearly has a competitive spirit, he’s passionate and he works just as hard as he asks the team to work. Â Being able to manage all the moving parts, foresee where depth is needed and motivating young men to bring out their strengths is something he’s got a knack for. Â Always a figure of cool and collected on the sidelines, Tomlin is a thoughtful leader. Â It’s been noted that he has kept notebooks from the very beginning of his football career- from his playing days through his current head coaching role- and frequently recalls plays or situations from his past to guide future decisions. Â Coach Tomlin is a commanding presence on the field.
In the list of back-to-back Super Bowl winning coaches: Lombardi, Shula, Noll, Walsh, Johnson, Shanahan and Belichick – I believe Tomlin is a force that can compete with these coaches. Â After all, he’s got a head start as the youngest coach to ever win a Super Bowl and he did it in year two.
The Quarterback leading the offense
While many will argue that Ben Rothelisberger is not one of the top five quarterbacks in the league solely based on his stats, I will disagree in large part due to factoring in his leadership. Â Just because leadership isn’t as easily quantifiable as statistics does not mean it’s not an important part of the game. Â In fact, those quarterbacks who are great leaders win games. Â Isn’t this all about winning games? Â Individual statistics don’t mean much if you can’t win when it counts, and no one does that “winning when it counts” better than Ben. Â If he weren’t a strong leader, would the Steelers have been able to take control of the Super Bowl winning drive in the last two minutes of the game? Â I’ve said it time and again, I will take the two minute hustle and the ability to make plays that count from a QB over one with JUST great stats any day.
Out of the QB’s who won back-to-back Super Bowls (listed below), how many (other than Brady) had THE best statistics in the league, or were they outstanding leaders who could sacrifice personal stats for the game?
A Solid Defense
The Steelers have already shown on more than one occasion that having a strong defense wins games. There aren’t many changes though two starters (Foote and McFadden) have moved on. These losses have already been replaced by players (Timmons and Gay) who had a lot of playing time last year and will essentially fill those roles easily and likely even better. Â There is also some depth acquired in the offseason. Â This defense should look as good, if not better, than last year. Â We all know defense and holding the opposition to no yards gained is key to winning big games.
Luck of the draw
In addition to the first three qualities, you also need to have a few lucky breaks. Â Last year the only true loss was to the Eagles. Â Other than that, there were a few wins and a few other losses that could have gone either way. In essence, those were some lucky breaks one way or the other.
Keeping everyone healthy is another lucky break that keeps teams in the hunt for a Super Bowl win. Â If the starters stay healthy throughout the season, it increases the likelihood of doing well through playoffs. Â Those teams that are tired, who are beat up tend not to do as well. It’s common sense.
Essentially, to win back-toback Super Bowls it’s important to play hard every game and not take one single yard for granted. Â With Tomlin’s leadership, this gives the Steelers an edge.
What are the qualities you think make it possible to win Super Bowls back to back?