When it comes to the greatest NFL team of all time, many votes will go to the 1985 Chicago Bears. The team went 15-1 under head coach Mike Ditka and won the Super Bowl… they also recorded the Super Bowl Shuffle song, which may be one of the low-lights in NFL history. The team consisted of some big named players like Mike Singletary, Ron Rivera, Richard Dent, Steve McMichael, Dan Hampton, William ‘the Refrigerator’ Perry, Willie Gault, Walter Payton and quarterback Jim McMahon.
But the team only took that one championship. With all of that talent, it failed to make a dynasty. A questions that has had fans and experts pondering for years.
If you ask Hampton, which someone did at the Pro Football Hall of Fame the other day, he’d tell you his opinion:
“If my team had Jay Cutler at QB, we would have won four Super Bowls.”
During Hampton’s 12 years with the Bears, the team had 12 different starting quarterbacks, including McMahon.
Cutler, who has recently left the field for the broadcast booth, had 154 touchdown passes in his eight seasons in Chicago — a franchise record. But he also had 109 interceptions and 65 fumbles over that same amount of time. He only took the Bears to the playoffs once, in 2011, where the reached the Conference Championship only to have Cutler go down with a knee injury and leave the game. Many questioned whether the quarterback could’ve returned and played.
Not clear why Hampton is a big Cutler fan, but it’s not the first time he’s said something similar in 2015 when he said they would’ve won five Super Bowls with Cutler. Hampton was known to complain about McMahon during the ’85 season, to which McMahon is said to have called Hampton a “whiner”.
But since it’s not 1985 and all of the principals involved are out of the NFL (save for Rivera who is the head coach of the Carolina Panthers) we will never know if Hampton would’ve been right.