The first notable defense was the New York Giants in the 1956 NFL Championship Game. The Giants defeated the Chicago Bears 47 to 7 at Yankee Stadium Every time the the Giants defense left the field, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. Prior to the this game, all big stars were on offense. Fans called it the Giants defense with no fancy name. Here are the rest and I have tried to go in chronological order. The first thing we think of is the lineman but other positions deserve recognition.
My two favorites are first:
Gang Green or the Green Curtain-Philadelphia Eagles in the early 90s. Seth Joyner, Reggie White, Bob Golic, Mike Pitts, Bryon Evans, and Jerome Brown.
Steel Curtain-Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972 to 1979. Joe Green, Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, Steve Furness, Jack Ham, and Jack Lambert.
Fearsome Foursem-Los Angeles Rams 1961 to 1970. LA traded John LoVetere to the New York Giants for Roosevelt Grier after the 1962 season. Both players belong on the Fearsome Foursem. The others were Roger Brown, Merlin Olsen, Deacon Jones, and Lamar Lundy.
Doomsday-Dallas Cowboys 1970 to 1979. Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh, George Andrie, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan.
No Name-Miami Dolphins 1971 to 1974. Vern Den Herder, Manny Fernandez, Bill Stanfill, and Nick Buoniconte. We think mostly of Buoniconte from his beer commercials and as a television analyst.
Mighty Monsters of the Midway-Chicago Bears-This title seemed to come and go in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Doug Atkins, Joe Fortunato, Ed O’Bradovich, Dick Butkus, Doug Buffone, and Bill George.
Sack Pack-Baltimore Colts. 1975 to 1979. Fred Cook, John Dutton, and Ron Fernandez.
New York Sack Exchange-New York Jets of the early 80s. Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, Abdul Salaam, and Stan Blinka.