ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — To Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent, the Chicago Bears sure have the look of a champion.
Dent sees striking similarities between the current team and the 1985 shufflin’ crew that brought home the founding NFL franchise’s lone Super Bowl championship. That team dominated like no other, and the current group still has some climbing to do to reach the same level.
“To me, this team looks just like us in ’84, ’85,” he said. “We really started to jell, to be the best that we can be. We beat one another, and when you beat one another, no one else can beat you but yourself. That’s what drove us to be the best that we can be.”
How high the Bears can go remains to be seen. But in Chicago, optimism is soaring.
The Monsters of the Midway re-emerged last season, winning the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy’s first season and making the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The defense, led by All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, ranked among the best in the NFL.
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