(Source) Mike Ditka refused to engage in a war of words with Hall of Fame defensive Richard Dent, who said Wednesday that Ditka was the reason the 1985 Chicago Bears didn’t repeat as Super Bowl champions. After winning Super Bowl XX to cap a 15-1 season with one of the greatest defenses of all time, the Bears looked poised to challenge for another one in ’86. But a controversial hit by Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin ended Jim McMahon‘s season in Week 12 with the Bears at 10-2.
The Bears finished the regular season 14-2, but after having Mike Tomczak and Steve Fuller back up McMahon during the regular season, Ditka turned to Doug Flutie in the playoffs. Flutie went 11 of 31 for 134 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a playoff loss to the Washington Redskins. “More than anything, Mike didn’t manage that quarterback position,” Dent said on WSCR-670 (AM). “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 Tomczak and Fuller. That’s all we needed to do is stay with that plan. Then you bring a guy off the street.” Ditka said the accusation from Dent was nothing new. “He’s done it many times,” Ditka told ESPNChicago.com’s Melissa Isaacson. “I have no idea (why he’s doing it again now)….
I was born in 1985. So I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I have a real opinion on whether or not the Bears could’ve won again in 1986. I was 1. But here’s what I don’t understand for the life of me. What the fuck Richard Dent is doing? Like seriously, what the fuck is he thinking? The 85 Bears are the most beloved team in any city on the face of the earth. I honestly believe that. No team has ever been talked about more or for longer than the 1985 Bears have. Ditka is on Carmen, Jurko, and Harry every single week talking about a football team that is over TWENTY FIVE YEARS OLD. Think about that. Every week. Any player from that team could walk into any bar in Chicago right this second and drink for free for the rest of his life. So why would you ever walk around trying to start feuds and talk about missed opportunities? That seems like the dumbest thing anyone could ever do in Richard Dent’s shoes.
If Ditka is the King of Chicago for life, Dent and everyone else on that team is a Prince. So why fuck with that? I would be smiling ear to ear every single day. Drinking beers, signing autographs, doing radio spots, dealing with my post traumatic stress disorder and depression from all the concussions, basically living a completely stress free life. You know what I wouldn’t do? Try to get in a pissing match with the most beloved coach in Chicago history. That sounds like a terrible idea. Just beyond idiotic. Let sleeping dogs lie Richard. Put on your Super Bowl Ring and go get your dick sucked from a 50 year old waitress or something. You know, lighten up a little.