Jim McMahon is never one to mince words, and he has taken an opportunity to rip the Chicago Bears.
Over 30 years since he last took a snap for them, Jim McMahon stands as one of the best quarterbacks in Chicago Bears history. Not that the bar is all that high. The tentpole for that status is a Super Bowl ring when he was carried by the best defense of all time and Walter Payton as the Bears won Super Bowl 20 over the New England Patriots.
McMahon, the fifth overall pick out of BYU in 1982, played for five more teams in his NFL career after seven seasons with the Bears. He won a second Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers in 1996, as a backup to Brett Favre. That wound up being his final NFL season.
During an appearance with 1252 Sports Chicago on Wednesday, McMahon praised the Packers as the best organization he played for, while he dissed the Bears, saying Chicago is where quarterbacks go to die.
Jim McMahon tells the blunt truth about the Bears
Not that he should be breaking down the film of this year’s quarterback prospects, but McMahon is clearly indifferent in regard to who the Bears should draft.
“I don’t know [who they should draft], don’t watch them, don’t care.”
Due in equal part to draft misses (Mitch Trubisky and Cade McNown) and veterans that didn’t quite work, the Bears seem cursed to always make the wrong decision on a quarterback. This offseason, after making an offer for Russell Wilson, they quickly pivoted to Andy Dalton.
The 20th pick in the draft, after making the playoffs last year, leaves the Bears unlikely to get one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s class. Trading up is possible though, as general manager Ryan Pace looks to save his job heading into a make-or-break season for him and head coach Matt Nagy.
McMahon has never been one to mince words, so his criticism of the Bears is not that surprising. It also happens to be 100 percent true.