The last time the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl, Mike Ditka was roaming the sideline as head coach and Jim McMahon was the starting quarterback. This season marks 33 years since the Bears hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, but the excitement around this Bears team is palpable.
One reason Bears fans are so hopeful is QB Mitch Trubisky. The second-year pro is entering his first full season as the starting quarterback and could launch into stardom with the new offensive system and skill players around him.
According to coach Ditka, Trubisky has the most important trait for success.
“I like Mitch a lot, I really do. I think he is a good leader and has a lot of talent," Ditka told NBC Sports on Monday. "I know he has heart and I think that’s the main thing."
Trubisky has taken hold of his leadership role this offseason. He's saying and doing all the right things, and according to his coaches and teammates, has taken major strides in learning the new offense.
Ditka said Trubisky has some of the same qualities McMahon brought to the club during the best years in Bears history.
"I was with the guy who played quarterback for us last night, Jim McMahon, he wasn’t the most talented guy in the world but he knew how to play the position," Ditka said. "He wanted to win. I think that’s the way Mitch is, but I think Mitch is a very, very talented guy.”
Chicago has been something of a media darling this offseason. General manager Ryan Pace has received near-universal praise for his efforts in free agency and the NFL draft. And while all the positive news is great for team morale, it's an entirely different beast when coach Ditka proclaims his confidence in Trubisky.
There's no room for failure for the Bears in 2018.