Chicago Bears Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent blames former Bears head coach Mike Ditka for not being able to repeat as Super Bowl Champs during the 1986 season after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in 1985.
“Well, we are going to be king of the hill all the time,” Dent said on Mully and Hanley Show on WSCR-AM 670, via the Chicago Tribune. “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 was asked if losing defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan hurt them.
“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.”
Sounds like Dent is a little bitter. time to get over it, it happened 27 years ago. At least he got a Super Bowl ring from 1985.