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Why is there a lack of respect for the NFC South? - AUTiger7222 - 09-15-2012 06:18 AM
This thought finally came to me tonight. I was thinking. Why does the NFC South always get overlooked? Why has our division never gotten the respect it deserves? Then it finally hit me. Think back to when the NFC South was formed before the start of the 2002 season. Then about the 4 teams in the division and where they were as franchises at that point in time, the Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers and Saints.
Falcons - Never had even posted back-to-back winning seasons let alone did anything much of note outside of a couple meaningful seasons here or there.
Panthers - 1995 expansion team that had only had 1 good year in 1996.
Buccaneers - Lost their first 26 games they ever played and after making the playoffs in 1982 didn't see the playoffs again until 1997.
Saints - Took them 26 years just to have a winning season.
None of those teams had a cult following and none of them drew large media attention. So when the division was created the division pretty much became an after though. Even after having been one of the most successful divisions in football we still get overlooked as a whole.
RE: Why is there a lack of respect for the NFC South? - phocis850 - 09-15-2012 09:57 AM
Two of those teams can barely fill their stadium. Saints will have a cult following for many years now due to Katrina and winning the super bowl.
The Falcons need some playoff wins.
The NFC South still needs to prove itself.
RE: Why is there a lack of respect for the NFC South? - RFlagg - 09-15-2012 10:06 AM
Since 2008, when Smitty, TD and Ryan took over, here's how each division has performed (Including this seasons games).
NFC South - 145-118-0 .551
AFC East - 142-121-0 .542
NFC East - 139-124-1 .528
AFC North - 137-126-1 .521
AFC South - 135-129-0 .511
NFC North - 130-134-0 .492
AFC West - 118-145-0 .449
NFC West - 107-157-0 .405
Updated through Sunday's games.
RE: Why is there a lack of respect for the NFC South? - AUTiger7222 - 09-15-2012 11:59 AM
(09-15-2012 10:06 AM)RFlagg Wrote: Since 2008, when Smitty, TD and Ryan took over, here's how each division has performed (Including this seasons games).
Good info. That's a great stat.
RE: Why is there a lack of respect for the NFC South? - sonnyjim - 09-15-2012 01:13 PM
Because they won the War Between the States.