Dick Butkus is not only a legend of the Chicago Bears, he is also one of the most legendary players to ever put on a uniform in the NFL.
The Hall of Fame linebacker has not played a down since 1973, but that has not kept him from getting upset about the direction the organization has been going in.
“I really don’t know what’s going on inside, but it really burns me that they’re not competitive,” Butkus said, via Paul M. Banks of TheSportsBank.net. “I don’t know what the hell it is.”
Chicago has won just nine games the past two seasons with John Fox and were coming off two awful years under former head coach Marc Trestman.
Butkus, who played all nine of his NFL seasons in Chicago, was an eight-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro and a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winner. During his time playing for famed coach and owner George Halas, the team had the stigma of being cheap, but Butkus said that clearly does not apply now.
“I don’t think you can use the excuse in the old days ‘oh they’re cheap, and they don’t pay for players;’ I don’t see that, not with what they gave Cutler for crying out loud,” he said.
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The menacing linebacker noted the Bears signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal worth $126 million back in 2014 despite the fact that Cutler was far from en elite-level quarterback.
While many have criticized general manager Ryan Pace for moving up in the draft to select Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick, Butkus is willing to buy into Pace’s ideas.
“I hope their scouting department has turned it around and that they have a goal of what they want to achieve, and maybe they did that with the drafting of the quarterback (Mitchell Trubisky), he said. “Everybody was all ‘oooh, what did you take him for, but maybe Ryan has some plans and maybe knows more about the situation than us fans?”
The Bears have struggled on the field for many years and no one would be happier to see the organization go back to being the Monsters of The Midway than Butkus.
Banks’ full article on Butkus can be found here.
During his playing days, Dick Butkus was one of the fiercest linebackers in the NFL. Years later, at the age of 74, he doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of quarterbacks anymore. But the front office of his former team, the Chicago Bears, may not like when he gets in front of a microphone.
While attending the inaugural Illini Athletics Hall of Fame gala, he spoke with reporters and shared his thoughts on the state of the Bears.
“I really don’t know what’s going on inside, but it really burns me that they’re not competitive,” Butkus said of his former NFL team, via Paul M. Banks of TheSportsBank.net. “I don’t know what the hell it is.”
Well, he didn’t hold back when he played for the Bears. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he doesn’t hold back when he talks about them.
“I don’t think you can use the excuse in the old days ‘oh they’re cheap, and they don’t pay for players;’ I don’t see that, not with what they gave Cutler for crying out loud.”
While that is a valid point, many have questioned why Cutler was signed to a massive contract back in 2014. They had not made the playoffs the previous four seasons. It’s not like his play warranted such a long, lucrative deal. While he is gone now, the struggles for the Bears continue.
Like most Bears fans, Butkus is hoping Mitchell Trubisky ends up being everything the Bears hope he can be. Maybe then the agony will stop and the Bears will become contenders again.
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