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Posted: 7/29/2014 5:49 PM

1989 Bears 


The crushing defeat in the 88 NFC CCG in Soldier Field to the 49ers really seemed to end the Bears run as a legit Super Bowl contender for that era.  I'm trying to remember what all went awry in 1989 though?  The 4-0 start seemed impressive as they beat Cincy at home, turned it on late against Minny Soda to win by a large margin, then put a whoopin on Cunningham.  Then total faceplant after that, and a 6-10 finish.  

I remember free agency nibbling away at some nice pieces on the roster.   I recall the Bears drafting from 85-88 was suspect at best.  Also seem to remember some aging veterans missing time due to injuries in 89.  I do feel in McMahon's last year in Chicago, they probably are still a playoff team in 89, before he and the Bears parted ways, instead of getting traded.

The Bears rebounded for some nice seasons in 90 and 91, but the luster was really off by then, and I didn't feel the rest of the league really feared Chicago anymore.  

Thoughts?
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Posted: 7/29/2014 6:27 PM

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I just got done reading "Papa Bear" by Jeff Davis.

The easy/short answer is Michael McCaskey. Jerry Vaisani, Jim Finks, and Ditka built the 85 Bears team. After Mugs and Papa Bear passed away, Michael took over as team president. That's when the sh*t hit the fan. He fired Vaisani, Finks quit, and Ditka couldn't stand him.

The players also lost a lot of respect for Ditka following the strike in 87 when he called the scabs "real Bears".



 

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Posted: 7/29/2014 7:14 PM

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jimmyray78 wrote: I just got done reading "Papa Bear" by Jeff Davis.

The easy/short answer is Michael McCaskey. Jerry Vaisani, Jim Finks, and Ditka built the 85 Bears team. After Mugs and Papa Bear passed away, Michael took over as team president. That's when the sh*t hit the fan. He fired Vaisani, Finks quit, and Ditka couldn't stand him.

The players also lost a lot of respect for Ditka following the strike in 87 when he called the scabs "real Bears".
I met M.McCaskey only once, and it was apparent he was a complete doosh.
Lots of things contributed to the collapse, though. Mostly inflated egos. If there had been any followup to SB '85 season there could have been a dynasty. Once Walter was gone and the vauted 46 D declined, that was it.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 10:10 AM

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Moving from Finks to McCaskey was the catalyst. An unthinkable drop off in skill with player scouting, drafting, and development.

The other thing behind the downfall was the disregard for the offense.  They got away with it one time in 85 because there was so much talent on the time.  They thought they could get away with it a few more times. The Bears, until last year, have been utterly Neanderthal on offense since Luckman. They never tried to stay up with the way the game was changing.  They were always 5-10 years behind the league in evolving an offense.  After canning Ditka they brought in three straight defensive head coaches who ignored the offense.  I think that is why Bears fans are so excited this year.  It's something we haven't seen in our lifetimes, ever.

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Posted: 7/30/2014 12:17 PM

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Surprisingly, the Bears had a top 10 offense in 1989. It was the defense that faltered. After finishing 1st or 2nd in yards allowed for 5 straight years, they dropped to 25th out of 28 teams.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 3:39 PM

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DoubleDown11 wrote: Surprisingly, the Bears had a top 10 offense in 1989. It was the defense that faltered. After finishing 1st or 2nd in yards allowed for 5 straight years, they dropped to 25th out of 28 teams.
Dan Hampton retired.

I remember him lying on the field crying after the 49er loss.  G--, that game was cold.

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Posted: 7/30/2014 5:44 PM

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Losing Wilbur Marshall and Willie Gault in Free Agency.  I believe the 1st draft pick we got for Marshall was used on FB Brad Muster banghead.

Between 85-88 only 1 guy we drafted played in the Pro Bowl for us (Neal Anderson).  Harbaugh made it as a Colt.

Hampton retired after 1990 but he and Richard Dent weren't able to generate much pass rush that year. Trace Armstrong was just a rookie and the lack of pass rush exposed our weak secondary.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 7:40 PM

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638507 wrote:
DoubleDown11 wrote: Surprisingly, the Bears had a top 10 offense in 1989. It was the defense that faltered. After finishing 1st or 2nd in yards allowed for 5 straight years, they dropped to 25th out of 28 teams.
Dan Hampton retired.

I remember him lying on the field crying after the 49er loss.  G--, that game was cold.
I remember telling my wife and mother in law (They are from the Bay area) how the Niners had no chance because it was "Bears Weather"  Boy did I hear it until the SB.

 

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Posted: 7/31/2014 4:43 AM

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ghostd00d wrote:
638507 wrote:
DoubleDown11 wrote: Surprisingly, the Bears had a top 10 offense in 1989. It was the defense that faltered. After finishing 1st or 2nd in yards allowed for 5 straight years, they dropped to 25th out of 28 teams.
Dan Hampton retired.

I remember him lying on the field crying after the 49er loss.  G--, that game was cold.
I remember telling my wife and mother in law (They are from the Bay area) how the Niners had no chance because it was "Bears Weather"  Boy did I hear it until the SB.
How old are you?  I'm 47 and some think I'm ancient..but you most be older than dirt
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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:06 AM

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GameBear wrote:
ghostd00d wrote:
638507 wrote:
DoubleDown11 wrote: Surprisingly, the Bears had a top 10 offense in 1989. It was the defense that faltered. After finishing 1st or 2nd in yards allowed for 5 straight years, they dropped to 25th out of 28 teams.
Dan Hampton retired.

I remember him lying on the field crying after the 49er loss.  G--, that game was cold.
I remember telling my wife and mother in law (They are from the Bay area) how the Niners had no chance because it was "Bears Weather"  Boy did I hear it until the SB.
How old are you?  I'm 47 and some think I'm ancient..but you most be older than dirt
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Posted: 7/31/2014 6:40 PM

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jimmyray78 wrote: I just got done reading "Papa Bear" by Jeff Davis.

The easy/short answer is Michael McCaskey. Jerry Vaisani, Jim Finks, and Ditka built the 85 Bears team. After Mugs and Papa Bear passed away, Michael took over as team president. That's when the sh*t hit the fan. He fired Vaisani, Finks quit, and Ditka couldn't stand him.

The players also lost a lot of respect for Ditka following the strike in 87 when he called the scabs "real Bears".

The legend is that once Mike fired Vaisani he told everyone it was over with. Vaisani was GM very long but he made a couple very good draft picks most notably Wilbur Marshall, Ron Rivera, William Perry, Butler etc. I don't remember if he was GM when they drafted Neil Anderson in 86', cannot remember.

He was also one of those responsible for firing the Honey Bears so that is a major strike against him. In Vaisani's very very very mild defense, the plan was to hire a marching plan like the Baltimore Colts had and have a college cheerleading squad from like Northwestern be the cheerleaders on Sunday but Mike fired him before it could get done.

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Posted: 7/31/2014 7:41 PM

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Cubfan41 wrote:


 

He was also one of those responsible for firing the Honey Bears so that is a major strike against him. In Vaisani's very very very mild defense, the plan was to hire a marching plan like the Baltimore Colts had and have a college cheerleading squad from like Northwestern be the cheerleaders on Sunday but Mike fired him before it could get done.

According to the book, Virginia McCaskey was the one who got rid of the Honey Bears.

Legend also has it that before Halas went into coma he said "Anyone but Michael".



 

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Posted: 7/31/2014 7:54 PM

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jimmyray78 wrote:
Cubfan41 wrote:


 

He was also one of those responsible for firing the Honey Bears so that is a major strike against him. In Vaisani's very very very mild defense, the plan was to hire a marching plan like the Baltimore Colts had and have a college cheerleading squad from like Northwestern be the cheerleaders on Sunday but Mike fired him before it could get done.

According to the book, Virginia McCaskey was the one who got rid of the Honey Bears.

Legend also has it that before Halas went into coma he said "Anyone but Michael".
Oh yeah it was Virginia's idea to get rid of them however Vaisani was also responsible as well.

And I truly think that is more then legend. Halas never liked the McCaskey clan from Day One and even though Mike on paper is a really smart guy, he wasn't a football guy and did not want him to take over. Old Man was on that one!
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Posted: 8/1/2014 8:29 AM

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In my opinion, it has all fallen on the ownership.
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Posted: 8/1/2014 8:25 PM

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I'm an 80's baby 33 and only remember the Bears being the hottest team once in the 80's. Da 85' Bears this is still the most popular and favorite Super Bowl teamcool nation wide in the entire history of the Super Bowl. That is pretty cool considering it's been almost 30 years since the 85' Bears took the field. Heck Marty's brother Michael said that his 2013 Seahawks reminded him of the 85' Bearsrolleyes 85' Bears secondary was better. Anyway that 88' team was a Super team but I feel that injuries killed them in the long run that season. With Dent and Perry both on the side line. Had they of played the Bears would have had a much better chance of winning just like they did in the Monday night game vs those same 9ers. Yeah I didn't watch the Bears much in the 80's growing up in Chicago. My mom was the first person to put me in front of a TV too watch the Bears, but mom was not a big football fan. It's a tradition too watch the Super Bowl though and she just was excited to see Chicago our hometown win the big game. I don't remember much more about the 80's NFL other than the 9ers winning most of those Super Bowl parties. It was not until 1990 that I really got into loving football, and the New York Giants was the team everyone around 99th and Winston Ave. that place money on the Giants vs 9ers game talked about. They were in shock at the fall of the great Joe Montana and I watched the Giants win their second Lombardi. It's funny how life works it had been 30 since the Giants won their tittle back in 86'. Anyway 30 year since 85' and their will never ever be a more intimidating football team than the 85' Monsters of the Midway Bears ever. Their won't ever be another NFL team like the 85' Bears and there may not ever be a more popular than the 85' Chicago Freaking Monsters of th Midway Bears ever. So I just can feel it in my heart that time is actually on the Bears side it's like 84'  85' all over again. Yes that means Bears lose the NFC Championship Game to none other than the rival from the Bay 9ers in 2015, although Bear fans are going to go crazy watching the new Monsters of the Midway reclaim their NFL title as World Champs 2016 in the San Francisco Bay so claim it it's ours. Dream Big Bear fans Bear Down Chicago the night belongs to the Monstersexcited

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