82 was a strike season. There were only 9 games and we lost in a tie breaker to make the playoffs. 83 was a nightmare with Parcells first year. Really it was Parcells horrific decision to start Brunner out of fear of change. Phil outplayed Brunner in the pre season by a mile. Then when he finally put Phil in vs.Philly, Phil got his finger caught in Carl Hairstons facemask on a follow through, dislocated it and was out for the season. But in 84 we made the playoffs and beat the Rams in a playoff game. Phil threw for 4000 yards with no WR's. 85 we were a great team that lost a bunch of close games (still learning to win) In 86 we took essentially the same team as 85 to 14-2 and total domination of the league.
But it was 81 that broke the ice. 81 was LT's first year. Its when we broke the long nightmare of no playoffs.
a fun fact about the 84 team is that they were outscored by their opponents in the regular season, just like last year..they were a good team in 84.