The 2017 Chicago Bears are no early-2000s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But for one play during Chicago’s 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the debut of rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears looked exactly like the turn-of-the-millennium Bucs.
Remember that mind-blowing two-point conversion the Bears executed that had everyone on Twitter dubbing it the greatest two-point conversion ever?
You know the one:
The Bears just ran the greatest 2 point conversion play of all time pic.twitter.com/rgZhFYJq17
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 10, 2017
After the loss, head coach John Fox revealed the team had practiced the play in training camp and had discussed using it against the Vikings.
“I thought we executed it well,” said Fox, who apparently didn’t want to save the trickeration for a touchdown, which, someone should tell Fox, is worth more than two points.
Apparently credit is due to Tony Dungy’s 2000 Buccaneers, the 10-6 team who, in Shaun King’s lone season as an NFL starting quarterback, ran the same play with King, running back Warrick Dunn, and six-time All-Pro fullback Mike Alstott against the Green Bay Packers.
Ironically, owner Malcolm Glazer’s belief that Dungy’s offense was too conservative contributed to the coach’s firing in January 2002. That and the team’s 2-4 playoffs record under Dungy and failure to score a touchdown in his last three playoff games there.
The next season, the Bucs won the Super Bowl under Jon Gruden, with a team largely assembled by Dungy.
“I knew as an African-American coach that it was possible I might not get another chance quickly; I thought of Art Shell and how he didn’t get hired again right away,” Dungy said of his ousting. “In a couple of days when the phone did start ringing a couple of times, it was gratifying.”
Four years later, Dungy claimed his second Super Bowl ring (his first came as a player) as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.