Some of the players are fiercely protective of the 1972 Dolphins' unique place in history, and the 82-year-old Shula said because of their record, they deserve to be considered the best team ever.
He declined to predict how many more seasons might pass before another team goes undefeated.
"You just never know," he said. "We're just happy and thankful that we did it. And if somebody else does it, we're not a bunch of angry old guys salivating and wishing they'd get beat. I'll call that coach and congratulate him, and I'm sure my players will call their players and congratulate them."
Scott, 67, joked that contemporary teams will have a tough time catching the '72 Dolphins.
"As we get older," he said with a laugh, "we're getting better and better."
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