Ron Rivera channeling Mike Ditka, 1985 Bears before Super Bowl
The 1985 Chicago Bears inevitably were going to make their way into the media spotlight in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50, and it didn’t take long to do so.
Per ESPN, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is turning to the advice that Mike Ditka told him and his ’85 Bears teammates in the buildup to Super Bowl XX — which was 30 years ago today.
“Enjoy the moment,” Rivera noted as the key piece of advice Ditka relayed to his players. “The moment doesn’t come very often. It’s hard. It’s hard to get to where we are right now.”
It seems clear that Rivera might have already conveyed this message to his players all season or, at the very least, have allowed them to celebrate loose and free, given that there is more dancing in a Panthers football game than on the set of Dancing with the Stars.
Veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could end up with the Chicago Bears, at least one source speculates.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted on Wednesday that the former Houston Texans quarterback is slated to visit the Denver Broncos this week, but if he does not sign with Denver, La Canfora expects the Bears to sign him.
In addition to playing for the Texans, Hoyer has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Hoyer, 30, has 26 career starts while compiling 7,163 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
The Bears liked what they saw in Jay Cutler last year in his first season under head coach John Fox, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to look to bolster the quarterback position in the upcoming NFL draft.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will meet with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
Cook is predicted by multiple media outlets to be selected in the second round. Whether or not that’s too early for the Bears to take a shot at Cutler’s replacement will remain a hot debate.
Could the Bears select a wide receiver in the first round of the draft for the second straight year?
The idea doesn’t seem likely given the needs at other positions, but that didn’t stop the Bears from bringing in draft prospect Corey Coleman, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.