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1944 Chicago Bears

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6-3-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1944 NFL Season Summary

Scored 258 points (25.8/g), 2nd of 11 in the NFL. Allowed 172 points (17.2/g), 6th.
 Differential of 86 points (8.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-2.8.

Coach: Hunk Anderson (6-3-1) (co-coach with Luke Johnsos) and Luke Johnsos (6-3-1)

 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
Acting President/General Manager Ralph Brizzolara

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 258 3167 629 5.0 32 14 10 140 107 217 1616 21 18 7.4 57 412 1551 16 3.8 73
Team Defense 172 2006 506 4.0 34 10 23 110 69 208 1052 10 24 5.1 38 298 954 11 3.2 49
Lg Rank Offense 2 1 5 8 2 4 2 1 4 1 3 2 2 3
Lg Rank Defense 6 2 6 7 4 6 1 4 6 2 1 2 5 5

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 28 42 15 273 194 79 8 16 364 150 214 4
2 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-2 @ Cleveland Rams 7 19 6 220 143 77 4 11 222 65 157 5
3 Sun October 15 boxscore W 1-2 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers 34 7 13 285 154 131 3 4 115 26 89 4
4 Sun October 22 boxscore T 1-2-1 Detroit Lions 21 21 15 404 199 205 2 15 318 129 189 2
5 Sun October 29 boxscore W 2-2-1 Cleveland Rams 28 21 16 388 114 274 2 8 123 94 29
6 Sun November 5 boxscore W 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers 21 0 13 320 182 138 5 8 146 97 49 5
7 Sun November 12 boxscore W 4-2-1 Boston Yanks 21 7 17 387 258 129 3 11 180 94 86 3
8 Sun November 19 boxscore L 4-3-1 @ Detroit Lions 21 41 19 314 167 147 4 10 324 170 154 3
8 Sun November 26 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 28 7 9 176 85 91 2 13 96 94 2 6
10 Sun December 3 boxscore W 6-3-1 @ Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers 49 7 12 412 104 308 1 10 94 96 -2 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 71 143 49.7 1018 11 7.7 12 8.4 86 7.1 4.9 14.3 145.4 63.8 0 0
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 26 56 46.4 448 9 16.1 5 8.9 61 8.0 7.2 17.2 56.0 76.5 0 0
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 9 14 64.3 128 1 7.1 1 7.1 51 9.1 7.4 14.2 14.2 87.8 0 0
Bill Glenn 26 2 0 1 4 25.0 22 0 0.0 0 0.0 22 5.5 5.5 22.0 11.0 50.0 0 0
Team Total 27.7 10 107 217 49.3 1616 21 9.7 18 8.3 86 7.4 5.6 15.1 161.6 71.9 0 0
Opp Total 10 69 208 33.2 1052 10 4.8 24 11.5 5.1 0.83 15.2 105.2 27.2 0 0 5.1 0.8 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 88 463 4 47 5.3 46.3 8.8 15 130 8.7 0 22 1.5 13.0 593 4 0
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 73 381 4 40 5.2 38.1 7.3 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.3 394 4 0
Gary Famiglietti 31 fb 10 1 63 282 2 16 4.5 28.2 6.3 1 23 23.0 1 23 0.1 2.3 305 3 0
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 53 322 2 66 6.1 35.8 5.9 5 42 8.4 0 15 0.6 4.7 364 2 0
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 29 25 1 8 0.9 3.1 3.6 19 414 21.8 5 86 2.4 51.8 439 6 0
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 29 88 0 14 3.0 8.8 2.9 2 74 37.0 1 61 0.2 7.4 162 1 0
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 24 2 0 12 0.1 0.2 2.7 2 0 0
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 20 -96 1 7 -4.8 -13.7 2.9 -96 1 0
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 12 26 0 14 2.2 3.3 1.5 26 0 0
Bob Masters 31 hb 10 4 11 9 0 6 0.8 0.9 1.1 9 0 0
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 8 11 0 7 1.4 1.1 0.8 2 10 5.0 1 5 0.2 1.0 21 1 0
Bill Glenn 26 2 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.5 0.5 1 0 0
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 1 48 1 48 48.0 4.8 0.1 48 1 0
George Wilson 30 RE 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 265 11.0 4 24 2.4 26.5 265 4 0
Connie Mack Berry 29 LE 10 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 378 18.0 6 51 2.1 37.8 378 6 0
Abe Croft 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 140 15.6 2 67 0.9 14.0 140 2 0
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 110 15.7 1 19 0.7 11.0 110 1 0
Dick Plasman 30 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.3 5.7 17 0 0
Team Total 27.7 10 412 1562 15 66 3.8 156.2 41.2 107 1616 15.1 21 86 10.7 161.6 3178 36 0
Opp Total 10 298 954 11 3.2 95.4 29.8 69 1052 15.2 10 6.9 105.2 2006 21 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 11 100 0 15 9.1 7 162 0 52 23.1 626
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 5 9 0 7 1.8 12 279 0 30 23.3 881
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 8 79 0 19 9.9 4 102 0 35 25.5 620
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 1 46 0 46 46.0 3 65 0 29 21.7 273
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 2 14 0 9 7.0 1 14 0 14 14.0 30
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 2 42 0 22 21.0 436
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 -90
Dick Plasman 30 3 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 16
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 1 7 0 7 7.0 117
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 1 9 0 9 9.0 57
Team Total 27.7 10 29 263 0 46 9.1 31 670 0 52 21.6 4111
Opp Total 10 32 1625 0 50.8 46 949 1 20.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Pete Gudauskas 28 K/LG 10 7 37 36 97.3%
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 25 993 60 0 39.7
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 20 685 63 0 34.3
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 7 249 52 0 35.6
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 4 123 39 0 30.8
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 1 34 34 0 34.0
Team Total 27.7 10 37 36 97.3% 57 2084 63 0 36.6
Opp Total 10 6 2 33.3% 24 22 91.7% 58 1461 25.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 4 79 0 29 0
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 3 34 0 36 0
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 3 42 0 36 0
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 3 19 0 11 0
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 2 36 0 35 0
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 2 44 0 38 0
Abe Croft 24 10 0 1 19 0 19 0
Pete Gudauskas 28 K/LG 10 7 1 26 0 26 0
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 1 34 0 34 0
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 1 35 0 35 0
Fred Mundee 31 c 10 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ed Sprinkle 21 de 9 3 1 15 0 15 0
George Zorich 29 RG 10 10 1 4 0 4 0
Team Total 27.7 10 24 387 0 38 0
Opp Total 10 23 13

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Connie Mack Berry 29 LE 10 7 6 6 36
Pete Gudauskas 28 K/LG 10 7 36 36
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 1 5 1 7 36
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 4 4 24
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 4 4 24
George Wilson 30 RE 10 10 4 4 24
Gary Famiglietti 31 fb 10 1 2 1 3 18
Abe Croft 24 10 0 2 2 12
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 2 2 12
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 1 1 6
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 1 1 6
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 1 1 6
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 1 1 6
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 1 1 6
Team Total 27.7 10 15 21 1 37 36 252
Opp Total 10 11 10 1 1 2 22 2 172