1996 Chicago Bears

Latest update to www.bearshistory.com: the 1996 Chicago Bears season.

It’s been 10 years since Dave Wannstedt piloted his lifeless Chicago Bears, and we have two more Wanny seasons to chronicle. In our most recent update, we re-examine the watershed quote of Wannstedt’s tenure with the 1996 season page.

There is no way Dave Wannstedt could have known that he was about to say the words that will forever be linked with his Chicago tenure when he spoke to the Chicago Tribune’s Don Pierson in early April 1996. The Bears were readying for the draft, and had just closed the books on a successful free-agent signing period. That February, the Bears had nabbed Bryan Cox-the most coveted free agent on the market-and made him the highest paid Bear in history.

When Pierson asked Wannstedt to give his thoughts on the season, Wannstedt told Pierson he finally felt the Bears were ready to challenge for a Super Bowl title, in 1996. “All the pieces are in place,” Wannstedt said.

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