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Next up on the “worst moments” list, the Bears

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On the fourth day of the worst moments for each NFL team since the last work stoppage, we’ll look at the last of the final four teams.

The Bears.

Post your thoughts on the lowest of the low points for the franchise that had one of the best seasons in league history in 1985, only two years before the opening of our 24-year window.

The top four moments, and some honorable-mention candidates, will be unveiled tomorrow on PFT Live.

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  1. randysavage4ever says: May 25, 2011 6:28 PM

    worst moment is not being able to win more rings with the greatest defense of all time, buddy ryan baby!

  2. nicnacbootysmack says: May 25, 2011 6:39 PM

    Cade Mcnown…’nuf said, ball in…

  3. ilpackerbacker says: May 25, 2011 6:41 PM

    This is easy.

    Packers 21, Bears 14.

    Nothing else comes close, not even losing to the Colts. Longest rivalry in history, biggest game in the history of it and Packers win. Ouch.

  4. madlithuanian says: May 25, 2011 6:42 PM

    dang…how much time do you have?

    In no particular order:

    1. Getting rid of the Honey bears after 1985. The Madden curse has nothing on this.
    2. The McCaskey-McGuinness fiasco
    3. Angelo not checking the box
    4. Angelo not making the trade with the Ravens
    5. Drafting Cade McNown
    6. Wandsdeadt
    7. Jauron
    8. Rex Grossman
    9. Michael Haynes
    10. No offensive linemen drafted by Angelo for many moons
    11. Never finding a replacement for Mike Brown at Safety
    12. Adam Archuetta
    13. Kordell Stewart
    14. Terry Shae as OC
    15. Steve Stenstrom
    16. Craig Krenzel
    17. Chad Hutchinson
    18. Tank Johnson’s guns
    19. Ricky Manning beating up a guy at Denny’s
    20. The Jay Cutler injury faso last NFC championship
    21. Lovie Smith’s 3 seasons after their super bowl appearance
    22. Tommie Harris cheat shotting the AZ player in the back
    23. Taking Hester of kicks and returns for a while
    24. David Terrell
    25. Marc Columbo playing well for Dallas
    26. Cedric Benson and his partying on the lake in Texas
    27. Not hiring a football person instead of an accountant in Ted Phillips
    28. It’s till run by a McCaskey, and not a Hallas
    29. The spaceship that landed in the middle of Soldier Field (althought it is a nice stadium once you’re inside)
    30. Not retiring Ditka’s number
    31. Firing Ditka
    32. Raining on Butkus’s jersey retirment day while Fave picks them apart
    33. Marino beating them one time
    34. The years of Brett Favre endured

    I’ll end at Walter’s number…at least one great thing for them.

  5. darthvincent says: May 25, 2011 6:43 PM

    losing to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game on their home field.

  6. shorttracknews says: May 25, 2011 6:47 PM

    Was gonna say the drafting of Cade McKnown but it should really be the QB carousel they have rode during that time frame and their lack of developing a QB all those years.

  7. chasewa says: May 25, 2011 6:48 PM

    Drafting Cade McNown

    Signing Kordell Stewart

    Drafting Cedric Benson / Trading Thomas Jones

  8. woodymoss says: May 25, 2011 6:50 PM

    The Bears are always at the lowest of the low……not a good team to pick for this topic. They should just give up and play soccer.

  9. brothaman1 says: May 25, 2011 6:54 PM

    Cade McNown being drafted in 1999 one year after Curtis Enis went in 1998. With the exception of the lucky 01 season that set them back

  10. derrtony says: May 25, 2011 6:59 PM

    1. Stadium that looks like a UFO
    2. Losing to GB in NFC Championship at home
    3. Giving Lovie an extention twice
    4. Finishing behind the Vikings in 2011

  11. derrtony says: May 25, 2011 7:01 PM

    oh… and #5.

    Having to root for the Bears

  12. tfbuckfutter says: May 25, 2011 7:05 PM

    Wannstadt. And his mustache.

    And I also would be remiss not to point out that Jim McMahon was their QB in 1987…..and Jay Cutler is the QB now.

    And in the time between then and now, no one has any clue WTF happened at the QB position. I just looked it up on QB Reference, and honestly though where it said “McNown” it said “Unknown”. As in, Football Reference didn’t even know who the hell the QB was in whatever the hell year that was.

  13. p4ck3r5 says: May 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    The worst is….Losing to the Packers in the NFC championship game. LOL! The Bears Still SUCK!!

  14. orangeflh says: May 25, 2011 7:11 PM

    This oughta get good….

  15. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    - The mere drafting of both Cade McNown and Rex Grossman.
    – The signing of Kordell Stewart and subsequent running of the option.
    – The Cedric Benson-saga.
    – The string of QB’s that nobody remembers.
    – The ownage by Brett Favre for his entire career (up until we RETIRED HIM)
    – O and that night in Miami against some bum name Peyton. We lost that game Indy didn’t win it. If it wasn’t for the aforementioned QB we shouldn’t have drafted.

  16. tokyolionsfan says: May 25, 2011 7:26 PM

    Caleb Hanie’s porn star ‘stache

  17. metalhead65 says: May 25, 2011 7:33 PM

    having ron turner as offensive coordinator who I think was even more resonsible for the bears losing to the colts than rex grossman. what other coach would replace the running back who had run for a 5o yd. touchdown on his last series with a rookie(benson) who promptly fumbled on the first carry of the next series giving the colts the momentum. not to mention his horrible play calling during his time there.let’s see run up the middle for no gain first 2 plays then wide receiver screen on 3rd down. and if he did god forbid call a play that worked be sure and never use it again,like a pass to the tight end.

  18. golliasrobert says: May 25, 2011 7:45 PM

    Very easy…I will never forget the opening of the new stadium being greeted by former Mayor Daley, Walter Payton’s wife in attendance, Monday Night against Green Bay Packers and the Bears starting QB Kordel “Slash” Stewart….and the Bears get smoked by Brett Favre….one of the worst memories as a Bears fan!

  19. bordner says: May 25, 2011 8:20 PM

    I don’t think losing the NFC Championship game on their home field to their arch-rivals would be their worst moment. After all, most football fans expected that, and I’m sure if pressed, most bear fans would admit to at least a lack of confidence going into that game.

    I think it would have to be the endless rotation of starting QB’s during that time (I looked it up and I think I counted 26?).

    I think the Replay Game in ’89 would also have to be up there. Not only was that a heart-breaker to lose to a bitter rival, but it was the inspiration for, “After further review… the bears still suck!”, which led to t-shirts, songs, etc.

    And I don’t know if it would qualify as a “worst” moment, but it was truly a shame that they let the Fridge score a touchdown in the Super Bowl, but wouldn’t give the ball in that situation to one of the greatest running backs of all time, denying him that opportunity.

  20. boozemonk3y says: May 25, 2011 8:21 PM

    Let’s not forget John Shoop whose only offensive play was the quck wr screen that never worked.

    “Hey guys its 3 and 12, I think we should run the Quick WR screen. I know it hasn’t worked in the 1500 times we’ve tried it but its gotta work this time.”

    What a joke.

  21. boozemonk3y says: May 25, 2011 8:27 PM

    A couple that haven’t been mentioned yet…

    Aaron Burris
    Alonzo Spellman
    Rick Mirer
    Brian Cox
    Walt Harris

    Drafting Garrett Wolfe in the 3rd round and passing on Michael Turner who was taken in the 5th round. (Not in the same year) [NIU]

  22. sakatak says: May 25, 2011 8:27 PM

    As a Packer fan first and a Favre fan second, I have to admit Favre always saved his best for the Bears. It had to be very frustrating all those years Favre dominated the Bears. Similiar to what Walter Payton did to the Packers.

  23. kilroy465 says: May 25, 2011 8:47 PM

    The Miami Dolphins denying them a perfect season. Nuff Said

  24. packattack1967 says: May 25, 2011 8:52 PM

    Brett Favre holds every Soldier Field passing record.
    (Ok, maybe not but he’s on the list)

  25. nlauber says: May 25, 2011 9:11 PM

    Trading a first round pick for Rick Mirer, who had already proved himself to be a bust at the time.

  26. jimmysee says: May 25, 2011 9:16 PM

    Why are these even in question?

    #1 (ever). Losing 2010 NFC Championship game at home at Soldier Field to the Packers.

    #2 (ever). Losing week 17 matchup to the Packers where the opportunity existed to knock them out of the playoffs altogether.

  27. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 25, 2011 9:41 PM

    Handing the Halas trophy to the eventual Super Bowl Champions. Rival Green Bay Packers after WINNING THE DIVISION.

  28. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 25, 2011 9:52 PM

    Maybe I’ve been around too long but this is way too easy.

    Michael McCaskey taking over the team.

    Any nugget can luck out and have a winning team every now and then but no one torn down an institution like Mikey. No Bears legend would support his time served at the helm. No one.

    His own mother fired him. Enough said. This is #1.

  29. harpoo51 says: May 25, 2011 9:56 PM

    Drafting Curtis Enis anyone?

  30. shaggytoodle says: May 25, 2011 10:49 PM

    I agree with losing an NFC Championship game at home, this coming from a Packer fan it sucks terribly.

    After returning the opening KO for a TD and Manning throw a pick to start off all to have Rex forget how to walk during the Superbowl was pretty gross man.

  31. digitalhaus says: May 25, 2011 10:49 PM

    Long time, first time:

    -Trusting Ron Turner, multiple times
    -Trusting Jerry Angelo (stop trying to convert db’s into wr’s and if you manage an organization, then manage; i.e. Know the rules and follow them, *cough draft trade cough*)
    -Mishandling drafts (above incident is just one example)
    -Mishandling running backs
    -Mishandling quarterbacks

  32. ditkadontbutkus says: May 25, 2011 11:15 PM

    1) 2010 NFC Championship loss to the rival Packers.
    2) 2006 Superbowl loss to the Colts.
    3) The entire forgettable 1990s
    4) The death of Gaines Adams (just a horrible thing to happen to a guy, on any team)

    …and as a somewhat more sentimental and less team-oriented note, 5) Emmitt Smith breaking Walter Payton’s career rushing total — the last significant NFL record held by a Bears player….

  33. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 25, 2011 11:38 PM

    BTW: anyone giving MC any credit for the Bears Super Bowl is an idiot. They won is spit of him. Virginia should have accepted the trophy.

  34. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 25, 2011 11:42 PM

    @whitecastleisafoodgroup said:

    “BTW: anyone giving MC any credit for the Bears Super Bowl is an idiot. They won is spit of him. Virginia should have accepted the trophy.”

    Ihm ahn edeeot fur mybad spehling.

    Good thing I’m the CEO of my own company!

  35. ruckusmp says: May 26, 2011 12:46 AM

    Being a lifelong Bears fan, I can think of several to choose from…

    1. Walter Payton not scoring in the ’85 Super Bowl
    2. Curtis Enis
    3. Cade McNown
    4. Rex Grossman attempting to throw in the rain-soaked Super Bowl
    5. ANY LOSS TO THE PACKERS!!!

    Note: Numbers 2 and 3 are interchangeable

  36. gridassassin says: May 26, 2011 2:01 AM

    I’d say the McGinnis hiring fiasco, but it got Mike McCaskey a ‘timeout’ from Mom McCaskey.

    1) Quarterback incompetence since Sid Luckman!

    Hell, did you realize Brett Favre owns most of the passing records in Soldier Field?

  37. tommytd says: May 26, 2011 5:52 AM

    In no particular order:

    1. Getting rid of the Honey bears after 1985. The Madden curse has nothing on this.
    2. The McCaskey-McGuinness fiasco
    3. Angelo not checking the box
    4. Angelo not making the trade with the Ravens
    5. Drafting Cade McNown
    6. Wandsdeadt
    7. Jauron
    8. Rex Grossman
    9. Michael Haynes
    10. No offensive linemen drafted by Angelo for many moons
    11. Never finding a replacement for Mike Brown at Safety
    12. Adam Archuetta
    13. Kordell Stewart
    14. Terry Shae as OC
    15. Steve Stenstrom
    16. Craig Krenzel
    17. Chad Hutchinson
    18. Tank Johnson’s guns
    19. Ricky Manning beating up a guy at Denny’s
    20. The Jay Cutler injury faso last NFC championship
    21. Lovie Smith’s 3 seasons after their super bowl appearance
    22. Tommie Harris cheat shotting the AZ player in the back
    23. Taking Hester of kicks and returns for a while
    24. David Terrell
    25. Marc Columbo playing well for Dallas
    26. Cedric Benson and his partying on the lake in Texas
    27. Not hiring a football person instead of an accountant in Ted Phillips
    28. It’s till run by a McCaskey, and not a Hallas
    29. The spaceship that landed in the middle of Soldier Field (althought it is a nice stadium once you’re inside)
    30. Not retiring Ditka’s number
    31. Firing Ditka
    32. Raining on Butkus’s jersey retirment day while Fave picks them apart
    33. Marino beating them one time
    34. The years of Brett Favre endured

    I’ll end at Walter’s number…at least one great thing for them.
    ______________________________________
    Hey, great job on this. What a piss poor excuse for a professional NFL franchise! BTW, what happened to trading away Thomas Jones??? Don’t forget that one…

  38. bartpkelly says: May 26, 2011 6:20 AM

    Walter not getting a TD in the SuperBowl and the Fridge getting one.

  39. 4dabears says: May 26, 2011 7:53 AM

    @ boozemonk3y… I believe you meant ‘Henry’ Burris. And that guy was a complete turd.

  40. winkeroni says: May 26, 2011 7:58 AM

    Week 17 – 2010
    The 3-10 lost to the Packers. Had they come to play then they could have prevented Green Bay from going to the play offs.

  41. imongo says: May 26, 2011 8:30 AM

    Mike Phipps Rick Mirer
    Vince Evans Steve Stenstrom
    Bob Avellini Erik Kramer
    Steve Fuller Will Furrer
    Rusty Lisch Moses Moreno
    Greg Landry Brian Griese
    Mike Tomczak Chad Hutchinson
    Peter Tom Willis Craig Krenzel
    Jonathan Quinn Kordell Stewart
    Henry Burris Shane Matthews

    I win.

  42. dukeeddy says: May 26, 2011 10:01 AM

    There are just way too many “worst moments” to pick from for this team. Instead of asking the readers to pick one, for the Bears you should have had a top 100 list of “worst moments”.

  43. kevinfromth says: May 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    I kinda liked Jim Miller.

  44. jvibottomline says: May 26, 2011 12:49 PM

    49ers 41 Bears 0, 1987 MNF

  45. jaypace says: May 26, 2011 1:48 PM

    It’s funny that people that trash Rex. How many super bowls have the bears been to since he left. He wasn’t the reason the bears lost the super bowl, your beloved defense got trampled by Joseph addai. After the 85 team how many bear teams made the super bowl. Bear fans would still like to blame Rex if they could. He wasn’t nearly as bad as some would have you believe. That super bowl season he lead the league in 100+ qb rating games.

  46. kevinfromth says: May 26, 2011 2:55 PM

    I agree with Jaypace. Committing to that shell Cover 2 defense killed the Bears in that Superbowl. Manning faced no pressure and he was able to just sit back and dump-pass to a win. It was like a Madden game on Rookie-difficulty.

    That crap defensive strategy put Rex was in a hole that nobody could have crawled out of.

  47. ronniemexico says: May 27, 2011 11:12 AM

    Shoop is poop.

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