Just curious as to what the responses on this board will be like. I grew up with the mid 80's Bears, so this topic is kinda near and dear to my heart. In my opinion, the two main reasons were: 1-our lack of talent at the QB position (McMahon was always an overrated passer...even in his BEST year, his stats were only slightly above average, and after '85 he couldn't even stay healthy...and oh yeah, our backups always SUCKED) AND 2- Ditka's inability to match wits with the likes of Gibbs, Parcells and Walsh, ESPECIALLY after Buddy left. I still can't get over the fact that Joe Gibbs brought his Skins to Soldier Field and led them to victory over the Bears in back to back years with two different starting QB's, neither of whom was a HOF'er. IMO, THOSE losses highlighted Ditka's proclivity for getting outcoached when he didn't have the CLEARLY SUPERIOR TEAM (as he did throughout 1985). Ditka was never in the class of a Gibbs, Parcells OR Walsh, and unfortunately the Skins, Giants and 49ers were our primary rivals for NFC supremacy in the mid to late 80's. THAT is why we never even made it back to the Super Bowl. So, what do you guys think?