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June 11, 2019 02:30PM
Great Bordeni
DE Deacon Jones
DT Merlin Olsen
DT Aaron Donald
DE Jack Youngblood

Seriously, who can top that?

Your List is Legendary.

It is though a list of all time greats of players didn't play together as one unit.

Here is an article that mentions all time great defensive lines that did play together.

Jim Reineking, USA TODAY Sports Published March 20, 2018

Greatest defensive line units in NFL history:

10. 1981 New York Jets
Key players: Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, Abdul Salaam
Hall of Fame: None

A year before sacks became an official NFL statistic, this famed Jets front four was nicknamed the "New York Sack Exchange." The Jets unofficially led the league in 1981 with 66 sacks. It was the success of the Jets' defensive front, and a rookie game-changer who played for the crosstown Giants (Lawrence Taylor), that forced the league to acknowledge sacks in its record book.

9. 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Key players: Anthony "Booger" McFarland, Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp, Greg Spires
Hall of Fame: Sapp

Anchored by this defensive front, the Buccaneers — a long-time laughingstock in the league — rose to prominence and ultimately claimed the Super Bowl title in the 2002 season. On average, the Bucs held opponents to 12.2 points per game (the league average that year was 21.7). This defense also held opposing quarterbacks to an astonishing 48.4 passer rating for the season (the league average was 30 points higher at 78.6). Tampa Bay had one of the league's dominant defenses for a number of seasons from the late 1990s well into the 2000s, but this was the unit's apex.

8. 1977 Dallas Cowboys
Key players: Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Harvey Martin, Jethro Pugh, Randy White
Hall of Fame: White

Martin and White were the first — and only — teammates to share Super Bowl MVP honors when Cowboys' famed "Doomsday Defense" manhandled the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Martin first-te was aam all-pro selections as the defense as a whole allowed opponents to just 15 points per game on average.

7. 1958 Baltimore Colts
Key players: Art Donovan, Don Joyce, Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Gino Marchetti
Hall of Fame: Donovan, Marchetti

The 1958 Colts are famous for winning the "Greatest Game Ever Played." Though the Johnny Unitas-led offense received most of the attention, Baltimore was also impressive up front. Baltimore's defensive front was just as impressive as the Johnny Unitas-led offense. Joyce, Lipscomb and Marchetti were each Pro Bowl selections that year, with the latter two also being named all-pros.

6. 1969 Kansas City Chiefs
Key players: Bobby Bell, Aaron Brown, Buck Buchanan, Curley Culp, Jerry Mays
Hall of Fame: Bell, Buckanan, Culp

Led by this talented defensive line, the Chiefs followed up the Jets' shocking win in Super Bowl III with a stunner in Super Bowl IV against the Vikings. En route to the championship, the Chiefs allowed just 20 points total in playoff games against the Jets, Raiders and Vikings. Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram boasted that Bell was so versatile an athlete that he could play any position on the field.

5. 1971 Minnesota Vikings
Key players: Carl Eller, Gary Larsen, Jim Marshall, Alan Page, Doug Sutherland
Hall of Fame: Eller, Page

The "Purple People Eaters" were vital to the Vikings' run of reaching the Super Bowl four times in an eight-year span from 1969-1976. The Vikings didn't reach the Super Bowl in 1971, but this unit might have had its best statistical season, shutting out opponents three times and allowing an average of just 9.9 points game. Eller and Page each were enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but a strong case could be made that Marshall belongs as well.

4. 1991 Philadelphia Eagles
Key players: Jerome Brown, Mike Pitts, Clyde Simmons, Reggie White
Hall of Fame: White

Bennett and his teammates will have their work cut out for them if they want to be considered the best in team history, much less in league history. In the 1991 opener, quarterback Randall Cunningham was lost for the season. Somehow, the Eagles won 10 games and reached the playoffs with these men behind center: Jim McMahon, Jeff Kemp and Brad Goebel. One of the best defensive lines ever kept the team's postseason hopes alive. Last year, the 1991 Eagles were named as the best defense in the past 30 years by Football Outsiders. Led by the Minister of Defense (White), the Eagles allowed under four yards a play. White had 15 sacks that season, and Simmons had 13. Adding nine sacks was Brown, who died in an automobile accident in the summer of 1992.

3. 1985 Chicago Bears
Key players: Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, William "The Refrigerator" Perry
Hall of Fame: Dent, Hampton

The Bears enjoyed one of the most dominant seasons in league history in 1985, losing just one game. In the playoffs, this defense was particularly destructive, shutting out the Giants and Rams in the divisional and championship rounds, before clobbering the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

2. 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers
Key players: "Mean" Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes, Dwight White
Hall of Fame: Greene

The famed "Steel Curtain" helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls in a six-year span in the 1970s, but the unit's greatest achievement might have come in a season that the Steelers didn't win a title. In 1976, the Steelers started the season 1-4, quarterback Terry Bradshaw got hurt, and hope seemed lost in the team's quest for a third consecutive championship. However, in the final nine games of the season, the Steelers defense allowed just 28 total points, and shut out opponents five times.

1. 1967 Los Angeles Rams
Key players: Roger Brown, Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen
Hall of Fame: Jones, Olsen

Sacks weren't a recognized statistic before 1982. Jones, arguably the greatest pass rusher of all time, claims to have invented the term sack, saying, "Sacking a quarterback is just like you devastate a city or you cream a multitude of people." That's scary stuff. Making this defensive line even scarier was that Jones was playing alongside another all-time great in Olsen. Together, they helped the Rams finish 11-1-2, the best season experienced by the "Fearsome Foursome." Unfortunately, those Rams had the great misfortune of playing Vince Lombardi's Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs in the game before the famed Ice Bowl.

Also considered:
1962 Green Bay Packers (Willie Davis, Dave Hanner, Henry Jordan),
1992 Minnesota Vikings (Chris Doleman, John Randle, Henry Thomas),
1993 Dallas Cowboys (Charles Haley, Jim Jeffcoat, Leon Lett, Russell Maryland, Tony Tolbert),
2000 Baltimore Ravens (Sam Adams, Rob Burnett, Michael McCrary, Tony Siragusa),
2003 New England Patriots (Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, Ted Washington),
2011 New York Giants (Chris Canty, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora).


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