This is my first fanpost so bear with me please.
I was going through some old VCR tapes to see what I could convert to digital format. I found a recording of Super Bowl XXVI between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. This was the second of four straight Super Bowl defeats for the Bills during the early 1990's. Redskins 37 Bills 24. It really wasn't even that close.
At that time I lived in Utica, NY which is Bills country. Leading up to Super Bowl week, I had managed to get hold of a Redskins bumper sticker for my car and distinctly remember getting dirty looks from other drivers. My wife was a native of Utica so she was a Bills fan as well. We had a Super Bowl party that night with lots of people over. Being the only Redskins fan in the house imagine how much grief I got leading up to the game and through the first quarter. By the third quarter I was the only one laughing and having a good time. By the fourth quarter nearly everyone had left.
Watching the game, I'm struck by how awesome the defense of the Redskins played, especially in the first half. The amount of pressure put on Jim Kelly via blitzes and the sure handed tackling by the linebackers and defensive backs was a thing of beauty. Mark Rypien and the Posse had a good game too, but it really was the defense that set the tempo and shell shocked Kelly the entire game.
It makes me wonder why the defense can't play today like they did in those days. Yes, the team had many great players on defense, but the fundamentals of tackling and great game management by the coaches (Richie Petitbon) was on full display, even to the awe of John Madden. If our defensive coordinator today would let some of those linebackers loose and the secondary could actually tackle, this team would have a better chance perhaps.
It's easy to second guess from the couch so I won't say much more about the players and coaches. I just wanted to let you know the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI with defense that year.Hail To The Redskins