Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
Posted: 5:18 p.m.
By David Kaplan
CSNChicago.com Insider Follow @TheKapman
NFL sources have confirmed to me today that the 1985 Chicago Bears have been offered the opportunity to be honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Oct. 7 in a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl XX champions.
The team, which is considered by many to be the greatest team in NFL history, was never honored at the White House following their victory and the honor comes nearly 26 years after they completed a historic season by crushing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The Bears never visited the White House for the traditional celebration, as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded two days after their Super Bowl triumph, killing its crew.
Bears quarterback Jim McMahon did visit the White House when he was a member of the Super Bowl winning 1996 Green Bay Packers and he wore his 1985 Bears No. 9 jersey on the visit.
Most of the members of the team and some members of the coaching staff and front office are expected to attend the ceremony but a final list of attendees has not yet been confirmed.
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On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.
The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.
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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?
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The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.
According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.
Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.
Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.
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This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.
The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.
Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.