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1956 Chicago Bears

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9-2-1, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.0, Offense: 8.7, Defense: 1.3, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 363 points (30.2/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 246 points (20.5/g), 7th.
 Differential of 117 points (9.8/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 8.6-3.4.

Coach: Paddy Driscoll (9-2-1)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/Head Coach/General Manager George Halas

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 363 4537 802 5.7 29 10 12 244 135 250 2069 19 19 7.8 92 536 2468 22 4.6 140
Team Defense 246 3676 744 4.9 38 15 14 207 159 332 2193 16 23 6.1 113 384 1483 14 3.9 80
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 2 1 2 8 4 2 7 1 1 1 1 3
Lg Rank Defense 7 8 4 5 7 12 11 9 3 7 2 2 5 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 21 28 19 291 137 154 1 21 359 231 128 1
2 Sun October 7 boxscore W 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 37 21 25 462 184 278 1 20 267 140 127
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-1 San Francisco 49ers 31 7 23 394 86 308 2 13 268 172 96 4
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-1 Baltimore Colts 58 27 26 477 268 209 2 13 278 148 130 5
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 38 21 27 440 207 233 1 20 401 190 211 1
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 35 24 16 370 138 232 1 17 264 163 101 5
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 6-1 Green Bay Packers 38 14 21 494 299 195 3 12 311 249 62 5
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 7-1 Los Angeles Rams 30 21 21 433 267 166 2 20 326 226 100 2
9 Sun November 25 boxscore T 7-1-1 @ New York Giants 17 17 11 244 232 12 4 18 261 85 176 3
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 7-2-1 @ Detroit Lions 10 42 15 184 70 114 5 25 468 254 214 6
11 Sun December 9 boxscore W 8-2-1 Chicago Cardinals 10 3 16 302 44 258 5 11 265 174 91 4
12 Sun December 16 boxscore W 9-2-1 Detroit Lions 38 21 24 446 137 309 2 17 208 161 47 2
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 30 boxscore L 9-3-1 @ New York Giants 7 47 19 270 203 67 3 16 348 222 126 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
15 Ed Brown* 28 P/QB 12 12 9-2-1 96 168 57.1% 1667 11 6.5 12 7.1 70 9.9 8.0 17.4 138.9 83.1
16 George Blanda 29 K 12 0 37 69 53.6% 439 7 10.1 4 5.8 69 6.4 5.8 11.9 36.6 82.9
11 Jim Haluska 24 5 0 1 4 25.0% 8 0 0.0 0 0.0 8 2.0 2.0 8.0 1.6 39.6 0 0
83 Bill McColl 26 RE 12 0 1 4 25.0% 79 1 25.0 2 50.0 79 19.8 2.3 79.0 6.6 79.2
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 0 3 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 33.3 0 0.0 -15.0 0.0 0.0
87 Harlon Hill*+ 24 LE 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
21 Perry Jeter 25 7 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 9-2-1 135 250 54.0% 2193 19 7.6 19 7.6 79 8.8 6.9 16.2 182.8 77.3 0 0
Opp Total 12 159 332 47.9% 2413 16 4.8 23 6.9 7.3 5.11 15.2 201.1 59.5 28 220 6.1 4.1 7.8

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 234 1126 12 68 4.8 93.8 19.5 23 203 8.8 2 33 1.9 16.9 1329 14 5
45 Bobby Watkins 24 LH 9 0 68 276 2 25 4.1 30.7 7.6 2 3 1.5 1 6 0.2 0.3 279 3 1
21 Perry Jeter 25 7 0 60 316 2 51 5.3 45.1 8.6 5 52 10.4 0 23 0.7 7.4 368 2 2
89 John Hoffman 31 RH 12 0 56 272 2 39 4.9 22.7 4.7 7 85 12.1 0 35 0.6 7.1 357 2 2
15 Ed Brown* 28 P/QB 12 12 40 164 1 31 4.1 13.7 3.3 164 1 3
25 J.C. Caroline* 23 LDH 12 0 34 141 2 26 4.1 11.8 2.8 141 2 0
41 Harland Carl 25 9 0 29 66 1 12 2.3 7.3 3.2 2 31 15.5 0 20 0.2 3.4 97 1 1
46 Don Bingham 27 KR/PR 12 0 7 36 0 12 5.1 3.0 0.6 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 43 0 1
16 George Blanda 29 K 12 0 6 47 0 17 7.8 3.9 0.5 47 0 2
87 Harlon Hill*+ 24 LE 12 0 2 24 0 12 12.0 2.0 0.2 47 1128 24.0 11 79 3.9 94.0 1152 11 0
83 Bill McColl 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 322 13.4 4 69 2.0 26.8 322 4 0
88 Gene Schroeder 27 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 315 15.8 1 32 1.8 28.6 315 1 1
43 Jim Dooley 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 47 11.8 0 15 1.3 15.7 47 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 536 2468 22 68 4.6 205.7 44.7 135 2193 16.2 19 79 11.3 182.8 4661 41 18
Opp Total 12 384 1483 14 3.9 123.6 32.0 159 2193 13.8 16 13.3 182.8 3676 30 24

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
46 Don Bingham 27 KR/PR 12 0 13 7 0 7 0.5 17 444 1 100 26.1 494
21 Perry Jeter 25 7 0 6 66 1 51 11.0 5 105 0 26 21.0 539
20 Ray Gene Smith 28 RDH 12 0 6 65 0 22 10.8 1 16 0 16 16.0 81
41 Harland Carl 25 9 0 4 102 0 45 25.5 199
25 J.C. Caroline* 23 LDH 12 0 2 29 0 16 14.5 2 32 0 18 16.0 202
29 McNeil Moore 23 11 0 3 28 0 25 9.3 1 19 0 19 19.0 47
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 3 95 0 49 31.7 1424
83 Bill McColl 26 RE 12 0 2 4 0 4 2.0 326
81 Doug Atkins 26 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
40 Stan Wallace 25 6 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 25.8 12 30 195 1 51 6.5 37 830 1 100 22.4 5686
Opp Total 12 29 1835 1 63.3 47 1249 1 26.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
16 George Blanda 29 K 12 0 28 12 42.9%% 47 45 95.7%% 1 33 33 0 33.0
15 Ed Brown* 28 P/QB 12 12 42 1644 53 1 39.1
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 1 51 51 0 51.0
Team Total 25.8 12 28 12 42.9%% 47 45 95.7%% 44 1728 53 1 39.3
Opp Total 12 18 3 16.7%% 34 33 97.1%% 64 2559 40.0

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
25 J.C. Caroline* 23 LDH 12 0 6 182 2 59 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 0 5 2 0 0
15 Ed Brown* 28 P/QB 12 12 0 3 2 3 1
61 Bill George*+ 27 MG 12 0 2 9 0 9 0 0 0 3 0 0
31 Joe Fortunato 26 12 0 2 30 1 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
29 McNeil Moore 23 11 0 3 30 0 22 0 0 0 1 19 0
20 Ray Gene Smith 28 RDH 12 0 4 90 0 41 0
63 M.L. Brackett 23 12 0 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 2 14 0
51 Wayne Hansen 28 LLB 12 0 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 2 8 0
89 John Hoffman 31 RH 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
16 George Blanda 29 K 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
41 Harland Carl 25 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
22 Jesse Castete 23 8 0 2 26 0 26 0
21 Perry Jeter 25 7 0 0 2 0 0 0
40 Stan Wallace 25 6 0 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Fred Williams 27 LDT 12 0 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Don Bingham 27 KR/PR 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
82 Jack Hoffman 26 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Stan Jones*+ 25 RG 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 John Mellekas 23 12 0 0 0 1 2 0
88 Gene Schroeder 27 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
55 Larry Strickland*+ 25 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Bobby Watkins 24 LH 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 23 420 3 59 0 0 18 23 53 1
Opp Total 12 16 24 9

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 12 2 14 84
16 George Blanda 29 K 12 0 45 12 81
87 Harlon Hill*+ 24 LE 12 0 11 11 66
25 J.C. Caroline* 23 LDH 12 0 2 2 4 24
83 Bill McColl 26 RE 12 0 4 4 24
21 Perry Jeter 25 7 0 2 1 3 18
45 Bobby Watkins 24 LH 9 0 2 1 3 18
15 Ed Brown* 28 P/QB 12 12 1 1 2 12
89 John Hoffman 31 RH 12 0 2 2 12
46 Don Bingham 27 KR/PR 12 0 1 1 6
41 Harland Carl 25 9 0 1 1 6
31 Joe Fortunato 26 12 0 1 1 6
88 Gene Schroeder 27 11 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 12 22 19 1 1 1 3 47 45 12 363
Opp Total 12 14 16 1 1 1 33 3 246

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ BAL L, 21-28 1 6 pass Bobby Watkins 6 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ BAL L, 21-28 3 51 punt Perry Jeter 51 yard punt return (George Blanda kick)
3 1956-09-30 @ BAL L, 21-28 4 42 pass Harlon Hill 42 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
4 1956-10-07 @ GNB W, 37-21 1 9 pass Rick Casares 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
5 1956-10-07 @ GNB W, 37-21 2 3 fumble Ed Brown 3 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
6 1956-10-07 @ GNB W, 37-21 3 14 rush Rick Casares 14 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
7 1956-10-07 @ GNB W, 37-21 4 9 pass Bill McColl 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
8 1956-10-14 SFO W, 31-7 2 1 rush Ed Brown 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
9 1956-10-14 SFO W, 31-7 2 1 rush Bobby Watkins 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
10 1956-10-14 SFO W, 31-7 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1956-10-14 SFO W, 31-7 4 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 2 6 rush Rick Casares 6 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
13 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 2 37 pass Harlon Hill 37 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
14 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 2 68 pass Harlon Hill 68 yard pass from Ed Brown
15 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 3 13 rush Rick Casares 13 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
16 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 3 59 interception J.C. Caroline 59 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
17 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 4 4 pass Bill McColl 4 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
18 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 4 9 pass Gene Schroeder 9 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
19 1956-10-21 BAL W, 58-27 4 9 pass Bill McColl 9 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
20 1956-10-28 @ SFO W, 38-21 1 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1956-10-28 @ SFO W, 38-21 1 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
22 1956-10-28 @ SFO W, 38-21 2 6 rush Harland Carl 6 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
23 1956-10-28 @ SFO W, 38-21 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
24 1956-10-28 @ SFO W, 38-21 4 3 rush Rick Casares 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
25 1956-11-04 @ RAM W, 35-24 1 57 pass Harlon Hill 57 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
26 1956-11-04 @ RAM W, 35-24 2 35 rush John Hoffman 35 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
27 1956-11-04 @ RAM W, 35-24 2 13 pass Harlon Hill 13 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
28 1956-11-04 @ RAM W, 35-24 3 9 rush Perry Jeter 9 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
29 1956-11-04 @ RAM W, 35-24 4 7 rush Perry Jeter 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
30 1956-11-11 GNB W, 38-14 1 5 rush John Hoffman 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
31 1956-11-11 GNB W, 38-14 2 23 pass Harlon Hill 23 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
32 1956-11-11 GNB W, 38-14 2 69 pass Bill McColl 69 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
33 1956-11-11 GNB W, 38-14 2 52 interception J.C. Caroline 52 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
34 1956-11-11 GNB W, 38-14 3 70 pass Harlon Hill 70 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
35 1956-11-18 RAM W, 30-21 2 68 pass Harlon Hill 68 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
36 1956-11-18 RAM W, 30-21 3 100 kickoff Don Bingham 100 yard kickoff return (George Blanda kick)
37 1956-11-18 RAM W, 30-21 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
38 1956-11-18 RAM W, 30-21 4 2 rush Rick Casares 2 yard rush
39 1956-11-25 @ NYG T, 17-17 4 79 pass Harlon Hill 79 yard pass from Bill McColl (George Blanda kick)
40 1956-11-25 @ NYG T, 17-17 4 56 pass Harlon Hill 56 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
41 1956-12-02 @ DET L, 10-42 2 5 pass Rick Casares 5 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
42 1956-12-09 CRD W, 10-3 3 3 rush J.C. Caroline 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
43 1956-12-16 DET W, 38-21 2 68 rush Rick Casares 68 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
44 1956-12-16 DET W, 38-21 2 9 rush J.C. Caroline 9 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
45 1956-12-16 DET W, 38-21 3 44 pass Harlon Hill 44 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
46 1956-12-16 DET W, 38-21 4 7 rush Bobby Watkins 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
47 1956-12-16 DET W, 38-21 4 27 interception Joe Fortunato 27 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ BAL W, 28-21 2 5 pass Lenny Moore 5 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ BAL W, 28-21 2 37 pass Royce Womble 37 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
3 1956-09-30 @ BAL W, 28-21 3 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
4 1956-09-30 @ BAL W, 28-21 3 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
5 1956-10-07 @ GNB L, 21-37 1 106 kickoff Al Carmichael 106 yard kickoff return (Fred Cone kick)
6 1956-10-07 @ GNB L, 21-37 2 6 pass Billy Howton 6 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
7 1956-10-07 @ GNB L, 21-37 4 16 pass Billy Howton 16 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
8 1956-10-14 SFO L, 7-31 4 32 pass Joe Arenas 32 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1956-10-21 BAL L, 27-58 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
10 1956-10-21 BAL L, 27-58 2 56 rush Lenny Moore 56 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
11 1956-10-21 BAL L, 27-58 3 96 field goal Carl Taseff 96 yard field goal return (Tom Feamster kick)
12 1956-10-21 BAL L, 27-58 4 36 pass Jim Mutscheller 36 yard pass from Johnny Unitas
13 1956-10-28 @ SFO L, 21-38 2 5 rush Hugh McElhenny 5 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
14 1956-10-28 @ SFO L, 21-38 2 29 pass Gordie Soltau 29 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Gordie Soltau kick)
15 1956-10-28 @ SFO L, 21-38 4 51 rush Hugh McElhenny 51 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
16 1956-11-04 @ RAM L, 24-35 1 30 interception Jesse Whittenton 30 yard interception return (Les Richter kick)
17 1956-11-04 @ RAM L, 24-35 1 16 rush Tank Younger 16 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
18 1956-11-04 @ RAM L, 24-35 2 76 punt Will Sherman 76 yard punt return (Les Richter kick)
19 1956-11-11 GNB L, 14-38 2 23 pass Gary Knafelc 23 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
20 1956-11-11 GNB L, 14-38 3 49 pass Billy Howton 49 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
21 1956-11-18 RAM L, 21-30 3 2 rush Billy Wade 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
22 1956-11-18 RAM L, 21-30 3 2 rush Tank Younger 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
23 1956-11-18 RAM L, 21-30 4 15 pass Bob Carey 15 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
24 1956-11-25 @ NYG T, 17-17 2 17 pass Kyle Rote 17 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1956-11-25 @ NYG T, 17-17 3 2 rush Alex Webster 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
26 1956-12-02 @ DET W, 42-10 2 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
27 1956-12-02 @ DET W, 42-10 2 15 rush Bobby Layne 15 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
28 1956-12-02 @ DET W, 42-10 3 48 pass Dave Middleton 48 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
29 1956-12-02 @ DET W, 42-10 4 9 pass Gene Gedman 9 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
30 1956-12-02 @ DET W, 42-10 4 3 rush Bill Bowman 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
31 1956-12-02 @ DET W, 42-10 4 18 pass Dave Middleton 18 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Bobby Layne kick)
32 1956-12-16 DET L, 21-38 2 18 pass Bill Bowman 18 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Jim Martin kick)
33 1956-12-16 DET L, 21-38 3 1 rush Leon Hart 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
34 1956-12-16 DET L, 21-38 4 9 pass Dorne Dibble 9 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Jim Martin kick)