Frankly, the Bears make too much of their history. It’s a crutch.And yet, during the Ted Thompson era, the Packers had as many Super Bowl appearances, one at the end of the 2010 season, as did the Bears. In Wisconsin, that's underachieving. That the Packers won their Super Bowl, and beat out the Bears to get there, while the Bears lost their one Super Bowl, is not good enough. One win and three losses in the conference title game, two of those losses coming in overtime, is not good enough.
The franchise too often seems dedicated to an inverse version of Santayana’s maxim, hoping that by remembering the past it somehow gets repeated.
With little new to rally around, the Bears and their fans for decades have wrapped themselves in the team’s glory days and legacy as a pioneering NFL franchise the way Britons of a certain age recall the bygone British Empire.
They cling to history as if it were Linus Van Pelt’s blanket, ignoring a more recent past that inevitably feels like Lucy Van Pelt teeing up a field goal for Charlie Brown.
The distant past offers safe refuge from the sad realities of the half-century since founder and patriarch George Halas retired as coach for a fourth and final time.
It’s what enables the Halas heirs and loyal fans to continue taking pride in an organization that rarely lives up to a reputation from which it is now too long removed.
Better to glory in memories of bruising defenses, a litany of Hall of Famers and a burnished reputation for domination as the Monsters of the Midway than contemplate how modern Bears teams mostly sputter.
True, the Bears can lay claim to nine championships — the last being the Super Bowl triumph that 39-year-old Nagy recalls — which ranks second among all NFL teams behind only the Packers’ 13.
THE FOOTSTEPS OF DISTANT GIANTS.
The Green Bay Packers recently made a number of changes in the front office and among the coaches. "Being in a position where it's Bring. The. Lombardi. Trophy. Home. is still not a bad place to be going into spring team activities." Things could be worse, you could be a Bears fan.