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bears tout history, but glory days are mostly a thing of the past

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bears tout history, but glory days are mostly a thing of the past

during his introductory news conference this week, new bears coach matt nagy was asked if he knew much about the team’s vaunted history.nagy mentioned the 1985 bears’ rout of the patriots as one of his first super bowl memories but seemed relieved when the reporter didn’t take up his invitation to quiz him.frankly, the bears make too much of their history. it’s a crutch.the franchise too often seems dedicated to an inverse version of santayana’s maxim, hoping against hope that by remembering the past they somehow will repeat it.with little new to rally around, they and their fans for decades have wrapped themselves in the team’s glory days and legacy as a pioneering nfl franchise the way britons of a certain age recall the bygone british empire.they cling to history as if it were linus van pelt’s blanket, ignoring a more recent past that inevitably feels like lucy van pelt teeing up a field goal for charlie brown.the distant past offers safe refuge from the sad realities of the half-century since founder and patriarch george halas retired as coach for a fourth and final time.it’s what enables the halas’ heirs and their team’s loyal fans to continue taking pride in an organization that rarely lives up to a reputation from which it is now too-long removed.better to glory in memories of bruising defenses, a litany of hall of famers and a burnished reputation for domination as the monsters of the midway than contemplate how modern bears teams mostly sputter.tr...