I’m just gonna come out and drop the bomb: my pick for the most overrated Bear in team history is Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka.
Let me be PERFECTLY clear, I am talking about COACH Mike Ditka, not tight end Mike Ditka who... if anything... is underrated.
My argument? With all the talent that was on the mid-1980’s Bears, we should have had 3 or more rings out of that core group... some really bad decisions made by Da Coach (plus the loss of Buddy Ryan after 1985) did us in.
I’m going to let a key member of the mid-1980’s to early 1990’s Bears, NFL Hall Of Fame defensive end Richard Dent, make my case for me, since he was in the locker room and I was not.
In a 2012 interview, Dent explained what he and I both think: That the core group of the mid-80’s Bears should have had a handful of rings, not one.
“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."
Dent places the blame squarely on Da Coach, and when we look at the quarterback carousel that team was on, it’s hard for me at least to argue that Dent is wrong.
"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,” he said. “That’s all we needed to do is stay with that plan."
People love Coach Ditka, and love the fact that we fielded the greatest team in the history of the NFL under him... but that team was a one hit wonder, a one and done... and that legacy is something Da Coach owns as well.
He also had the arguably greatest running back in the history of the NFL (you gotta put Jim Brown in that conversation too) who didn’t get a shot at a Super Bowl TD because Da Coach decided to let a defensive lineman run it instead. Sorry Coach, that’s bush.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t give Coach Ditka his due, he did win a ring... but he’s often remembered as a mythical figure who could do no wrong... that that’s why I think he is the most overrated Bear ever.
So... am I wrong? Does my opinion hold water? Let’s hear what you have to say about whether Da Coach is the most overrated Bear. I’d also like to hear your opinions about who else in Bears history is overrated... so spill the beans and let me know.
Is Coach Mike Ditka the most overrated Chicago Bear ever?
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