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October 4, 1992 – Mike Ditka Vs. Jim Harbaugh
Former Bears head coach Mike Ditka had his fair share of arguments during his 11-year coaching career in Chicago, but none were as memorable as his spat with quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
It was mid-season in 1992, and the Bears owned a 20-0 four-quarter lead over the rival Minnesota Vikings. That’s when Harbaugh audibled out of a Ditka-called, first-down play at the the line of scrimmage — his only audible of the game.
Harbaugh’s pass intended for Neal Anderson was intercepted by Todd Scott, who took the pic 35 yards for the touchdown, igniting the Vikings’ 21-20 come-back victory.
After the game, Ditka was less than pleased with his quarterback’s decision-making.
“I’ll just say this: If it happens again, there will be changes made and they will be definite and they will be permanent,” Ditka said in his post game interview. “I’m not going to put 47 players’ futures in the hands of one player who thinks he knows more than I do.”
The at-time hard-headed Harbaugh owned up to his mistake after the game.
“It was a bad call, a bad audible,” Harbaugh said. “It was my fault.”
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