Ever wonder what a solid oline looks like?
Tonight I'm home sick. Bummer. So, I decided to watch the NFC Championship game from the '85 Bears season (for about the zillionth time since 1985 :smile:)
The oline that year, LT to RT was:
Jim Covert - Mark Bortz - Jay Hilgenberg - Tom Thayer - Keith Van Horne
Together they had around 11 Pro Bowl appearances, and some other awards like All-Decade Team etc. I watched them play in '85, and I taped the games back then (an old betamax recorder), and rewatched those games probably 50 or so times each. I never tire of it.
If you ever wanted to see what a GREAT oline looks like, get a copy of one of those games from '85. If you love oline play, that is the pinnacle of beauty. 5 men working as 1 with the precision of the finest Swiss watch. I LOL, Pat Summerall just said it's total domination by the offensive line, in this Championship game.
I wonder if many Bears fans know what a truly great oline even looks like anymore.
You look at our guys play now, and it makes you feel like crying. Short yardage plays we get dominated and pushed back. Cutler gets beat like a drum. We are 32nd ranked in the NFL (down from 31st in the NFL the previous year).
Seriously, if you ever get the chance to watch that old oline from '85 give it a shot. Not all high round draft picks (Hilgy was an undrafted guy who was a pro bowler).
We didn't need pixie dust, gellin' or a "Webb Nation" and our Pro Bowl LT Jimbo Covert didn't have to sell t-shirts). They were just men who went out and dominated every week. Blue-collar men who laid waste to dlines.