2022 NFL Super Bowl era franchise rankings: Rams shoot up another tier with title

Bob Sturm Feb 15, 2022 194
Fifty-six Super Bowls have now been played. We must say goodbye to our beloved sport’s games for over 200 days.

Aside from the appropriate sadness and the baseball lobby generally showing us trucks being loaded with gear (perhaps not here in 2022), that can only mean that it is time once again to update our franchise rankings.

But, how would you attempt to quantify that? Which would be the worst? How do you adjust for expansion teams? How do you keep opinions out of this? And, unbeknownst to me when I started doing this, where does Tom Brady rank in all of this? Finally, why would you do this for 20 years?

The last one is the easiest question. Now, 20 years ago, I attempted to put together a scoring system that would credit teams for making the playoffs, advancing to the “Final Four of the conference championship games,” making a Super Bowl and then, of course, winning that Super Bowl.

The system had to be more complex than simply counting Lombardi trophies because some teams have a knack for rising up every few years and winning the Super Bowl despite missing the playoffs altogether for several years in between (shoutout to Eli Manning and the New York Giants). At the same time, it is a very big deal to win one of those trophies — let alone several — so any point system we devise should give a great deal of credit to any team winning it all.

The database is updated every February after the Super Bowl because, of course, things change. Not too much, mind you, as the longer we do this the more it resembles icebergs trying to race each other: One year is not enough to move very far, but they do, in fact, move. I have tinkered with the system over the years, but this is the one that works.