After the famous 1985 Bears season, and very few changes to the team in 1986 it seemed that they would be on their way to dominating the late 1980s.
They were supposed to shuffle their way to another Super Bowl in 1986. The team was practically crowned champions before the season started.
The problems started when Jim McMahon came to training camp over 20 pounds overweight. He played in six of the first 12 games, but then was sidelined for the rest of the season from a separated shoulder. McMahon was only the beginning of the problems for the Bears.
Walter Payton had his usual great season, but it wasn't enough to make up for the awful play of the rest of the offense. Payton made them the 13th-best offense. Even with the 13th-ranked offense, they were the first team in NFL history to have the No. 1 defense two years in a row.
The defense fell apart after the hype and were upset by the Washington Redskins in their first playoff game of the season.
Sometimes winning a Super Bowl can be the worst thing that can happen to a team for the next season, and the 1986 Bears easily remind us of that.