OK, now let’s go back in NFL history and examine some stuff. To do this, we’ll have to get in touch with Mr. Peabody and Sherman and use the WABAC (pronounced “wayback”) Machine to go to 1985-86. For those of you in the younger crowd the WABAC Machine was used by a couple of characters on the old Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. A talking dog named Mr. Peabody and his young sidekick Sherman would use the time traveling machine called the WABAC Machine to travel through interesting historical periods and interact with characters from those periods.
In this case we’re going to be traveling back to the 1985 and 1986 Chicago Bears, the last Bears team to win a Super Bowl and believe me this was an NFL football team to remember. Talk about defense. This was one bad bunch with probably the greatest set of linebackers ever assembled although possibly the Saints Dome Patrol was their equal. If you want to argue that the Saints didn’t win a Super Bowl with that defense I’d be helpless to argue. Anyway, the Bears had a hell of a defense and a wacky Jim McMahon at quarterback,a guy that could draw reporters like flies.
Why argue NFL history now? Because Richard Bent, former Bears defensive player, is arguing that Mike Ditka killed the Chicago Bears chances of winning a second Super Bowl by playing Doug Flutie at quarterback rather than the more established Mike Tomczak. It seems that Richard Dent has been pissed off about this for years and he recently made the claim again on a radio show. Talk about holding a grudge.
My opinion? The Wayback Machine probably isn’t necessary. While Ditka was the Head Coach, the defense was run by Buddy Ryan. Talk about a fiery guy. His son Rex Ryan is nothing compared to Dad. Ryan pretty much won that Super Bowl with his defense. Oddly enough, Ryan wasn’t effective as a Head Coach, and Ditka sucked a the Saints Head Coach later on. Though they hated each other, Ditka and Ryan made for a very effective combination. What’s the point of this whole article. There is none, I just thought that talking for a few minutes about NFL history, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Ditka, Ryan, Mr. Peabody, and Sherman would be fun.Eric Drouant