Teddy Greenstein talks to former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt about the Pittsburgh Panthers today, and also gets in a little discussion about his Bears years. Of course, they revisit Wannstedt’s 1996 declaration that “all the pieces are in place.”
I was an angry, angry man at Wannstedt for a long time. My article on how Dave Wannstedt ruined the Bears still sits on the site. But I’ve moved on, and as a human I’m glad to see Wannstedt has moved on from his bad years in Chicago and Miami. I am happy that Lovie Smith has brought a somewhat consistent winning tradition to Chicago, but the condescending/aloof way Smith likes to communicate with the public almost makes me long for Wannstedt’s buffoonery.
But not as a coach. No, no, not ever again as a coach. I still can’t figure out why Wanny still attributes his failure to “Erik Kramer breaking his neck.” Kramer’s 1996 season started off very poorly before he had the neck problem. The year was clearly destined for failure long before Kramer was lost for the season.
Just say you sucked as an NFL Head Coach, Dave. Then have a cigar, and I wish you well with the rest of your life.