With the Chicago Bears sitting at 6-1 at the midway point and first in the NFC North, local chatter is already a buzz regarding a possible Super Bowl run. While that may be a bit premature at this point, that hasn't stopped the sports media from reaching out to the Bears last great team — the 1985 squad — for their thoughts on the current team, as well as their own.
One of the more well known defensive stalwarts from that past era, Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent took time out Wednesday to speak about the Bears and their famous Super Bowl run of '85. Appearing on the “Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670, Dent was asked if a Super Bowl win by this year's team would take some of the shine off of the '85 team's epic season.
“Well, we are going to be king of the hill all the time," Dent said. "It doesn't matter. I was on a team that took on the world. It wasn’t just winning the Super Bowl. Hell, we got a gold record. We got a platinum video. We talked about it and we did it.
"And we came back three years in a row and had home-field advantage. Our coach couldn’t figure out the right quarterback to play. The disappointing part to me is that we only got one out of it. We should have been the first team ever to win three Super Bowls in a row. It was there in the taking, but we didn’t manage that one position right."
When asked if perhaps the departure of defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan micht have played a part in the Bears inability to repeat, Dent kept his focus and his blame squarely on Mike Dikta. Dent blames Dikta for not handling the quarterback spot right after starter Jim McMahon went down to injuries.
"Mike didn’t manage that quarterback position," Dent said. "Bringing Doug Flutie in and thinking that he's gonna come in and be on a team for three weeks and start him in a playoff game? Hell, I mean you're trying to change the name on the Super Bowl trophy to Mike Ditka from Vince Lombardi when you do something like that.
"We had won with (Mike) Tomczak and (Steve) Fuller. That’s all we needed to do is stay with that plan."
Behind poor descisions by Dikta, according to Dent, the Bears were beaten in the playoffs by the Washington Redskins in each of the following two seasons after their SuperBowl win.
"We played the Redskins and (Washington cornerback Darrell) Green had told me, 'Hey man, I heard you guys are gonna start Doug Flutie.' I said, 'Hey, we're just gonna back up, man. We’re gonna back up.' We said, 'Hey, we know he can’t see.' Hell, we didn’t give up that many points, but hey you know, we should've won (more than) one, but the one we won is bigger and better than anybody ever won.”
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