Dave Wannstedt Revisited

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 had just researched and found the article where Wannstedt made this proclamation for my 1996 Chicago Bears page on www.bearshistory.com for anyone interested in reading more.

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.

3 Responses to “Dave Wannstedt Revisited”

  1. Nope, I still won’t forgive him. He would never admit he was wrong at doing anything. That’s my biggest beef with him, and I hate people like that. Jauron wasn’t a whole lot better, but he would acutally admit he made a mistake. Jauron was a good guy, just not a very good leader. Wanny? Yeah right!

  2. I like our coach now. Despite what everyone says about him. He led us to a Superbowl.

  3. Higgins,

    The media doesn’t like Lovie because he is boring. He doesn’t give them anything quotable. Hence, they can’t start drama and jump to conclusions by talking to Lovie. All I have to say that is, too damn bad. Stop trying to create news, and maybe people will talk more.

    As for the fanbase, there are many people out there that have yet to get over Ditka. Lovie doesn’t show the “fire and passion” Ditka showed. It’s quite pathetic actually. The likes of Tony Dungy and Tom Landry are two succesful NFL Coaches. Neither one of them ever shows an ounce of emotion. Ditka was great and all, but his act got old quick in 1992 when he lost the team and they were losing. And, this is coming from a huge Ditka fan. Showing “fire and passion” doesn’t necessarily make a good coach.

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