Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
How confident are you that Jay Cutler will not regress in 2016 working with yet another offensive coordinator. I know Dowell Loggains was the Bears quarterbacks coach last year, but it's still a big change.
Oak Forest, Illinois
I'm confident that Jay Cutler will build on the success he had in 2015 and be even better in 2016 while working with Dowell Loggains. The Bears had a pretty good idea that Adam Gase might leave this offseason for a head-coaching job, so I'm sure they planned for it. With Loggains taking over, the Bears will run the same offense, which should make for a very seamless transition for Cutler and his teammates. Cutler has an excellent relationship with Loggains; the two worked well together in 2015 and I anticipate that continuing.
I'm tired of hearing Bears fans complain about the team not winning a Super Bowl since 1985. Of course we all wish that were the case, but they only give out one trophy every year. How many teams have actually won the Super Bowl since the Bears did in 1985?
Interestingly, 14 teams have combined to win the 29 Super Bowls since the 1985 Bears destroyed the Patriots in New Orleans on Jan. 26, 1986, meaning that 18 of the NFL's 32 teams have not won a Super Bowl title since that point. Thirteen of those 18 have never won it. They are the Eagles, Lions, Vikings, Panthers, Falcons, Cardinals, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Texans, Jaguars, Titans and Chargers.
Which of the current Bears players would have made the 1985 Bears better? Be careful; if you mention Kyle Long, Tom Thayer might get mad.
Very intriguing, question, Neil. Every day I come to work I try not to make Tom mad. Anyway, I would have to say the only current starter who would be an upgrade on the '85 Bears would be Martellus Bennett over Emery Moorehead at tight end. Moorehead was a very good player, especially as a pass catcher. But a healthy Bennett has been a Pro Bowl player with the Bears, who's capable of being a force as a blocker and receiver. Playing on a run-oriented offense like the '85 team had, Bennett would be able to blast open holes for Walter Payton and also be a viable receiving option over the middle.