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Dan Hampton thinks Bears would have done more Super Bowl shuffling in 80's with Jay Cutler

Dan Hampton thinks Bears would have done more Super Bowl shuffling in 80's with Jay Cutler

The 1985 Bears will go down in history as one of the greatest teams to ever step foot on an NFL field.

However, one Hall of Famer from the '85 team thinks a dynasty could've formed if a recently exiled Bears quarterback was around in the 80's.

During a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday morning, Dan Hampton proclaimed that Jay Cutler was the missing ingredient that would've led the Bears to multiple Super Bowls.

Is Hampton out of his mind? Not necessarily.

While Jim McMahon was a solid quarterback for the Bears, he was known more for his antics off the field and ability to manage the game, which is all that head coach Mike Ditka really asked for with Hall of Famer Walter Payton in the backfield and Buddy Ryan leading the greatest defense of all time.

The thought of the Bears collecting four trophies seems to be a bit of a stretch, but it wouldn't have been surprising to see the organization win more than one Lombardi if a more talented quarterback such as Cutler was around in the 80's.

There's one thing we can all agree on: it's been way too long since the Bears won a Super Bowl.

Under Center Podcast: Trubisky's trust and would you rather be the Bears or Rams?

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Under Center Podcast: Trubisky's trust and would you rather be the Bears or Rams?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin convene at Halas Hall to discuss how to balance Mitch Trubisky's special moments against the rest of his play, including a comparison to Jay Cutler (2:35).

Then the trio breaks down Trubisky's trust - or lack thereof - in his receivers (7:50) and debates whether you'd rather be the Bears or the Rams moving forward (19:20).

They finish up by wondering how much a win on Sunday would mean to this team (25:35).

Listen to the episode here here or via the embedded player below:

Under Center Podcast

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NFL and NFLPA reportedly making progress towards new labor agreement

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NFL and NFLPA reportedly making progress towards new labor agreement

According to a report by Mark Maske of The Washington Post, the NFL and NFLPA “have made meaningful progress towards a new labor agreement.” 

There is plenty to unpack as negotiations progress, but the most significant tidbit from this news is that there is reportedly a real possibility the eventual agreement will expand the NFL’s regular season schedule to 17 games (while eliminating games from the preseason).

Such an agreement would represent a compromise between the league and the NFLPA. According to Maske, owners had been pushing for an 18-game regular season, but the players union has remained reluctant to budge off the current 16-game schedule. Maske flagged the league’s rookie compensation scale and current marijuana policy as areas in which the owners could give ground in order to persuade the players to agree to an expanded schedule.

The report also lists a 14-team playoff field as a potential inclusion in the agreement.

The current NFL CBA — which was agreed to in 2011 — is valid through the end of the 2020 season, but Maske reports that there is “optimism” a new agreement might be reached by the end of the 2019-20 postseason.