1. New England Patriots: Theismann had this pick right. Without a question, the Patriots are a cut above the other 31 franchises in the NFL. They are the team of the 2000 era much as Dallas is the team of the 90s, the 49ers are the team of the 80s, the Steelers are the team of the 70s, and the Packers are the team of the 60s.
2. Indianapolis Colts: Since 1999, Indianapolis has made the playoffs seven times. In that time span, the Colts won their division six times, reached the AFC Championship twice, and finally won the Super Bowl just three months ago. General manager Bill Polian is regarded as one of the top executives in NFL history.
3a. Baltimore Ravens: Like the Colts, the Ravens have won a championship within the last seven years. However, Baltimore has failed to make the playoffs in three of those seasons. Still, the franchise boasts perhaps the best front office in the game, in terms of scouting and personnel evaluation.
3b. Pittsburgh Steelers: The reason that I could not separate the two franchises is because they have achieved a nearly identical performance since 2000. The Steelers also own one Lombardi trophy, but achieved a 15-win season two years ago, which has only been done three other times since the implementation of a 16-game schedule. They replace free-agents through the draft or in-house as well as any team in the league.