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A reader named Gavriel responds to this morning's blog item on the Super Bowl:

I think you're missing an important piece of the picture re: the Pats
"non-dynasty" dynasty, and that is the increased role of free agency.
It's now, due to NFL Corp. decisions all but impossible to create a
star-studded team such as the 70's Steelers consistently over the course
of a decade. It's almost a new team every year. It's therefore the
Pats, the non-star team, that keeps putting together good football teams
year in year out by relying on excellent coaching and scouting, as well
as team cameraderie to keep players on the roster, that keeps moving to
win after win.

(Madden even went so far as to say that in the era of free agency an
"undefeated team" such as the 70's Dolphins (72? 73?) would be
impossible to create today because free agency would prevent one team
holding on to that much talent. The Pats, or some other team, may yet
prove him wrong about going undefeated, but as long as free agency
remains the way it is his point is still valid that no team will be able
to accumulate that much more talent than the others. So if a team does
go undefeated for a season it will probably be a team that, like the
Pats, is strong on coaching and overall personel, but doesn't emphasise
one particular playing style or talent set over another)

I do agree that Paul McCartny was by far the MVP though, and yeah, it
was kinda truncated listening to him "between commercial breaks." But
Hey Jude was still AMAZING.

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 4:08 PM ET
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