Richard Dent see similarities between 2019 Bears and 1985 Bears

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Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but Bears Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent senses something familiar about the current edition of his former team.

“To me, this team looks just like us in ’84, ’85,” Dent said over the weekend in connection with the franchise’s 100th season celebration, via the Associated Press. “We really started to jell, to be the best that we can be. We beat one another, and when you beat one another, no one else can beat you but yourself. That’s what drove us to be the best that we can be.”

These Bears have a long way to go to be the ’85 Bears, especially on defense. But they are amassing the kind of collective talent that could create real headaches when it’s time to try to stop any, some, or all of them.

“You can’t double everybody,” Dent said. “That’s just like us.”

The 1984 Bears went 10-6, and their Super Bowl run ended one step short of the championship game, with a 23-0 loss to the 49ers. That disappointing ending fueled the surge that came the next year, driving the team to take it to the next level.

While the 2019 Bears should aspire to be the 1985 Bears (hell, every team should aspire to be the 1985 Bears), it also will be critical to avoid becoming the 1986, 1987, and/or 1988 Bears. Those teams by all accounts underachieved relative to their talent.

For these Bears, trying to one up the legacy of the ’85 Bears would be a very good problem to have. Their goal, obviously, for the franchise’s 100th season will be to put themselves in that position.

23 responses to “Richard Dent see similarities between 2019 Bears and 1985 Bears

  1. It makes a sense. A good defense (although not as great as 85) and a incompetent offense with a incompetent QB

  2. These Bears have a long way to go to be the ’85 Bears, especially on defense…
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    Sooo, not anything at all like the ’85 Bears then.

  3. The 1985 Bears defense was top 5 all time and though the current Bears are good they aren’t on the same planet. The rules today make it unlikely will ever see a defense like the 85 Bears again. I actually think the Bears will all back with teams ready to play them and a tougher 1st place schedule.

  4. When I saw a Pats offense (without Gronk) walk up & down Soldier Field all day last Oct to 38 points, I could see something of the ’85 Bears D even then – sat up in the executive suites.

  5. Here’s what they have going for them:
    Good coach? Check. Could be on the road to great.
    Great Defense? Check.
    Good QB? Not there yet, but he’s on a good trajectory; we’ll see. He certainly puts in the work and the time.
    Hungry team? Check. Near 100 percent off-season participation.

    Here’s what they have going against them:
    Schedule: On paper at least, it’s harder this year.
    Offense: While Coach Nagy has said this off-season that Trubisky is at 200 level, to be elite he really needs to be at 400 level. The good news is, he doesn’t need to be elite with that defense.

    “Watch Out” (good/bad/fingers-crossed):
    1. Whole defense is anchored by 96. He needs to stay healthy (fingers-crossed)
    2. Team-speed has increased dramatically, especially on offense. (good)
    3. Nickel-Back. Hopefully there’s not a drop-off after losing nickel back Bryce Callahan (bad)

  6. It’s not all that uncommon for a group of guys to get together at a reunion like this and maybe have a couple drinks and someone gets quoted saying something that really is out there. However, in this case it’s true. I’m not a Bears’ fan at all, but they have 7 or 8 outstanding young players on their defense, so they should be good for a long time. Most of the guys are so young they haven’t reached their prime. They also finally have a legit QB. The next decade should be lots of fun for Bears’ fans.

  7. I hope they come up short so I can continue to listen to meatballs talk about the 85 Bears. It’s so fresh and encouraging to be reminded they’ve sucked eggs for 30+ years.

  8. When I saw a Pats offense (without Gronk) walk up & down Soldier Field all day last Oct to 38 points, I could see something of the ’85 Bears D even then – sat up in the executive suites.
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    Check out the stats of the 85 Bears vs Tampa, opening day, 1985. James Wilder had 166 yards rushing against them. Tampa was up 21-7 before the Bears rallied in the second half. Even good defenses have bad games.

  9. Richard Dent is one of the brightest and most successful of the ’85 Bears. Maybe the players on defense are similar, maybe he is being kind because he was on the greatest NFL team for one season in history, and I don’t see it. Trubinsky is grossly overrated, there is now one like Walter Payton on this team, the O-line is not nearly as good, and the leadership/management, cannot hold a candle to those of 85. I may be wrong, and I fully expect the Bears to be no better than 7-9 and one fo the greatest disappointments in history.

  10. I don’t understand why anyone who points out reality about Trubisky and the Bears offense gets down voted. He’s not a good quarterback and he doesn’t have a good OL. This is the current reality. Might they improve? Sure. Is improvement a given? Not at all. This isn’t hating; this is truth. I love defensive football and would like to see the Bears succeed but the pro-Bears hype is sometimes as bad as the pro-Browns mania that’s going around. Get real.

  11. I mean, in 23 years, the bears have had back-to-back winning seasons once. I don’t know why people are expecting them to be as good as last year.

  12. alot of idiots in this chat room, i love all the haters that say trubisky sucks you obviously know crap about football if you think that. I just loved how the bears shut up the doubters last year going 12-4 and winning the division when they were suppose to be 4-12 and last. This year trubisky takes another step and the offense so even if the defense for some reason takes a slight step back the offense will be better than a year ago period. keep hating I LOVE IT!

  13. TheDPR says:
    June 10, 2019 at 9:59 am
    I don’t understand why anyone who points out reality about Trubisky and the Bears offense gets down voted. He’s not a good quarterback and he doesn’t have a good OL. This is the current reality. Might they improve? Sure. Is improvement a given? Not at all. This isn’t hating; this is truth. I love defensive football and would like to see the Bears succeed but the pro-Bears hype is sometimes as bad as the pro-Browns mania that’s going around. Get real.

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    Second year player, brand new offense (a very complicated one at that) with all new receivers and TE and he’s supposed to be epic? But, watch the Eagles playoff game… some of those throws, the drive in the 4th quarter, his running…. he is legit and only going to get better. How many QBs under a brand new HC, OC, playbook, and with 3 brand new targets come out and just ball out of control? None. Especially after only 1 season in the NFL. Guy is a stud. Average viewers read his stat lines expecting perfection think he’s mediocre. he’s not.

    Compare some of his numbers to other recent second year starting QBs with the same playbook/players and tell me he’s not looking great.
    Trubisky 2018; 66% comp, 3,223 yards; 24 tds, 12 ints; 95 rating (only 14 games) lead nfl with 50+ y passes.
    Watson 2018; 68% comp; 4,165 yards; 26 TD, 9 ints; 103 rating
    Mahomes 2018; 66% comp; 5,097 yards; 50 tds, 12 ints; 113 rating
    Goff 2017; 62% comp; 3,804 yards, 28tds, 7ints; 100 rating
    Prescott 2017; 62% comp; 3,324 yards, 22tds, 13ints; 86 rating
    Winston 2016; 60% comp; 4,090 yards, 28tds, 18ints; 86 rating
    mariota 2016; 61% comp; 3,426 yards, 26tds, 9ints; 95 rating

  14. That 85 Bears team, particularly the defense, was truly amazing. I’m not sure any Bears team will approach those guys as far as results, talent or general entertainment value.

  15. The 2019 bears haven’t played one single game yet. How does anyone see any comparisons?

  16. With all due respect, I have to disagree. The ’85 Bears D wasn’t just the best that year, it really was one of the best all time. This D has some great players, and it will be formidable this year, but it has a ways to go to reach` ’85 Bears status. I also need to add that Chuck Pagano is no Buddy Ryan.

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