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.