What time was the most painful to be a Bears fan?

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  1. Henry Burris

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    For me, it was the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Cade McNown was so bad, I was strictly watching the Jets most of those years. Honorary mention has to go to the end of the 2002 season, when Henry Burris was starting. I think one of his games was when Dick Jauron was asked who was standing out on the team, and he answered "the punter".
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    Probably 1965 to 1982. They made the playoffs a few times but they backed into them. You know, they had to depend on one team beating another to get in and they were usually eliminated in the first round. They always had a star player or two to keep the fans coming. My wife could never understand why I would get so upset watching them.
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    the Dave WINLESS Wannstedt years still leaves a bad taste in my month
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    Being a child of the 90s, my entire youth was wrought with terrible teams.
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    I agree with K-Sox. The entire decade of the 90s.
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    going in a different direction here, but 1986-1988 was heartbreaking for me. Playoff disappointment after playoff disappointment. I STILL haven't gotten over the fact that the Skins came into Soldier Field back-to-back years to knock the Bears out of the playoffs. We wasted a heck of a lot of talent during those 3 seasons, and THAT is why I view that period as being particularly painful. We just flat out sucked donkey nutz during the Wanny years, so it's not like were having our hopes dashed year after year. I would qualify those years as "boring and depressing", but not exactly "heatbreaking" or "painful." Semantics, I know, but that's just the way I feel.
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    This ^^^^^

    We were really really bad. You'd watch the games just to see one of our star players (a Sayers, Butkus, young Walter P, and some of the others). You didn't watch to see us actually "win" anything. We were crap.
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    Dick Jauron era.
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    90's
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    I think I might have thrown up just a little bit
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    Actually, 1986 was a tough year for me. We had, what I thought, was a better team than '85. But the Packers Charles Martin killed our season by body slamming McMahon. Poof. The season was over in a heartbeat.
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    It's amazing that Dick Jauron made the playoffs as many times as Wanny did. I keep forgetting his name, but whatever McCaskey was in charge in those days should never be allowed anywhere NEAR Halas Hall. Seriously, who announces the hiring of a head coach at a press conference that: the coach is not present for, and didn't even know he was in the running for the job? It's like he saw how badly the Bengals were doing in the 90's and said "oh yeah? check this out!!!"

    On a side note to the Jauron era, I'm more inclined to give Angelo a "pass" for drafting Haynes than I am Jauron for wanting him, simply because, for all of Angelo's flaws, that was not the type of defensive player he was good at drafting.
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    Really? I always thought Wanny was right behind Jauron in the running for the pinnacle of NFL coaching suckdom.
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    Oh god, Wanny made so many stupid decisions, and they had a longer lasting impact on the organization than Jauron. It's like comparing aids to syphilis.
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    That would be Mikey. And yeah... he was horrible.
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    Losing to the packers era
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    Some memories are best forgotten.

    For me, those would be the late 80's disappointments, and the 90's ineptitude. Just brutal. Now I'm going to go watch the '85 dvd to clear my mind. On second thought, that'll only make it worse, seeing a truly good team and remembering what we've been through. Maybe I'll grab some Russian Standard and watch the Expendables.
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    Those that suggest the Wannesteadt/Jauron era was the worst did not live though the Abe Gibron era.
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    Sorry that we can't all be old farts. But yeah...before my time, so i was answering his question based on my own point of reference: Grew up in the 80s in the Ditka era, lived through the Wanny Era (Bad, but not THAT bad, still had some positives to it), then the Jauron era, then Lovie and now Trestman. So...out of those 5 coaches, i would rank Jauron's tenure as "the worst" of those 5.
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    Maybe it was just the people I grew up with, but we had a cult-like hatred for Wannstedt, especially after trading for Rick Mirer. I cannot express enough, in this lifetime, how stupid it is to trade for a confirmed first round bust.


    EDIT: While I'm on the subject of Rick Mirer. Did it bother anybody else, who watched Jerry Maguire, and saw him in the background of the opening scene? Honestly, once I saw his stupid face, all I could think about was ****

    EDIT 2: Just found the story of the 1997 Chicago Bears on youtube. Gonna post it in the vid section if anyone's interested.
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