The Bears are not a bad team. They are just in need of retooling. The question now is whether Ditka will do the retooling. Before Sunday's game he said he definitely wants to coach in 1990, the final year of his contract. Beyond that, he says, it's up in the air. One of his closest friends says, "The thing that gets Mike is that some of his players don't take the game as seriously as he does."
Says Ditka, "Sometimes I wonder, 'How do you get the importance of the moment across?' That's a never-ending struggle. How do you make them aware that there might not be another time, that there might not be another chance? Who knows? You might be out in the yard the next year."
Or, in the Bears' strange case, this year.