“As someone who loves the Redskins and…”
As someone who loves the Redskins and hates the New York Giants and if you’re familiar with that rivalry you know why, I have a lot of respect for the 1986 Giants. They’re still one of the top 5-10 Super Bowl champions of all-time, but that is not why. They just represent exactly what NFL football should be. “We’re coming after you. Try to stop us.” It wasn’t this made for reality TV, or Hollywood nonsense where everything is perfectly designed like you’re trying to put a Broadway play together. With all sorts of sophisticated offenses and defenses. Actually, just sophisticated offense. If Roger Goodell had his way, tackling might become illegal in the NFL today. The 86 Giants, represent the opposite of New School football. And they’re one of the best Old School NFL teams of all-time.
The 86 Giants, were a power-run ball-control team, that could basically tell the defense, “here we come, try to stop us.” And if you paid too much attention to their running game, quarterback Phil Simms would go play-action and hit tight end Marc Bavaro down the middle of the field. Or Stacy Robinson, Bobbie Johnson, or Lionel Manuel deep on the outside. On defense, good luck running the ball against them. Because even though they played a 3-4, blocking nose tackle Jim Burt could be like blocking 2-3 men with one man. And then you got defensive end Leonard Marshall on one side and George Martin on the other. And if somehow you block those three guys, you got some guy named Lawrence Taylor coming off the edge. (Maybe you’re old enough to have heard of him) Carl Banks on the other side. Great against the run and pass. Harry Carson in the middle, again who could play the run, or pass.
The 86 Giants were, a classic Blue-Collar in your face, “try to remove us” football team. That represented Blue-Collar New York and North Jersey as well as the 85 Chicago Bears represented Chicago. They just came at you and dared you to even fight back, let alone try to kick their ass. The Redskins had opportunities to actually beat them in the 86 NFC Championship and they got a break playing the undersize Denver Broncos, instead of the NFC tough Cleveland Browns. But the 86 Giants were the best team in the NFL on both sides of the ball that whole year. And played their best football in Super Bowl after dominating the NFC Playoffs. And are a team that unfortunately wouldn’t have sold too well with today’s NFL fans. That only seem to be interested in offense and pretty boys. But that team would still dominate today and are still the best Giants Super Bowl team of all-time.