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Hampton: '80s Bears would've won 4 titles with Cutler

  • By Max Meyer
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The 1985 Chicago Bears are widely considered to be one of the greatest teams in NFL history. Yet, with the abundance of talent the Bears had on the defensive side of the ball, what was the team missing in order to have just one Super Bowl appearance during that era?

One former Bear with Hall of Fame credentials thinks Jay Cutler would have been the hypothetical answer.

"If my team had Jay Cutler at QB, we would have won four Super Bowls," former Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton said Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Twelve different quarterbacks started for the Bears during Hampton's 12-year stint, most notably Jim McMahon.

Cutler had 154 touchdown passes in his eight seasons in Chicago, which is a franchise record. The sometimes-maddening gunslinger also had 109 interceptions and 65 fumbles over that span, though, before he opted to retire this offseason to commence his broadcasting career.

Could the current FOX analyst have been the missing piece in a potential Bears dynasty 30 years ago? Obviously, we'll never know. But at least it's nice to see Cutler get some appreciation for his time in the Windy City.


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