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1985 Bears Coverage: Wilson turns to `lobbying’

Every day of the 2015 Chicago Bears season, Chicago Sun-Times Sports will revisit its coverage 30 years ago during the 1985 Bears’ run to a Super Bowl title.

Wilson turns to `lobbying’

Kevin Lamb

Originally published Nov. 24, 1985

Otis Wilson’s absence from the Pro Bowl last year taught him the importance of lobbying. Besides lobbying the media for recognition, he has lobbied Bear defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan for chances to make the sacks that draw recognition for linebackers. “With Otis always on Buddy like that, we’ve been blitzing a lot,” Mike Richardson says. That puts him and the other cornerback, Leslie Frazier, in one-on-one pass coverage. “We don’t have a problem unless it’s third-and-20 and we
blitz. Then me and Les just look at each other and roll our eyes.”

The defense has blitzed more than in previous years. Wilson has 7 1/2 sacks – third on the team and only two behind Lawrence Taylor, the NFC’s leading linebacker. Wilson had 7 1/2 all last year.