Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
What road trip are you most looking forward to this season?
Port St. Lucie, Florida
There’s no question that I’m most looking forward to the Bears’ trip to London to face the Raiders Oct. 6. I was fortunate enough to be able to go the last time the Bears played there in 2011 and I had a great time. It was the first time I had ever been outside North America and I was able to visit Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the Churchill Museum. Plus a win over the Buccaneers made it a perfect trip. I’m also looking forward to the Bears’ game against the Rams in Los Angeles this season. Los Angeles is the only NFL city I’ve never visited, so that should be a fun trip as well.
I really enjoyed reading about the Bears100 Celebration, especially the interactions between past and present players. Which current Bears player do you think could have played in any era of the NFL?
There are several current Bears who possess the talent, toughness and love for the game that would have enabled them to play in any era. Picking a player on each side of the ball, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks are two that come to mind. Both could have excelled at any point in the NFL as players on the field and leaders in the locker room. But like I said, there are a slew of others as well. The type of football character on the Bears roster is off the charts and a major reason for the team’s resurgence.
I recently saw a question posed on Twitter that asks fans to name a stat that best reflected the dominance of the 1985 Bears. Which stat would you pick?
Here are some of my favorite stats from the famed 1985 Super Bowl champions: They recorded 54 takeaways and 64 sacks, outscored three opponents 104-3 during the middle of the season in games that were started by backup quarterback Steve Fuller, and had the same number of takeaways (10) as points allowed (10) in three postseason contests. But the stat that I think best shows just how dominant they were is that they remain the only team in NFL history to register back-to-back playoff shutouts, beating the Giants 21-0 in the divisional round and the Rams 24-0 in the NFC Championship Game.