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1956 Chicago Bears

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9-2-1, 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)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Ed Brown* 28 2 12 96 for 168, 1,667 yards, 11 td, 12 int, & 40 rushes for 164 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
FB Rick Casares*+ 25 1 0 234 rushes for 1,126 yards, 12 td, & 23 catches for 203 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1954
LH Bobby Watkins 24 1 0 68 rushes for 276 yards, 2 td, & 2 catches for 3 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1955
RH John Hoffman 31 7 0 56 rushes for 272 yards, 2 td, & 7 catches for 85 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 5th / 49th pick / 1949
LE Harlon Hill*+ 24 2 0 47 catches for 1,128 yards, 11 td, & 2 rushes for 24 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1954
LT Bill Wightkin 29 6 0 Chicago Bears / 8th / 79th pick / 1949
LG Herman Clark 26 4 0 Chicago Bears / 4th / 44th pick / 1952
C Larry Strickland*+ 25 2 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 13th / 150th pick / 1953
RG Stan Jones*+ 25 2 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
RT Kline Gilbert 26 3 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1953
RE Bill McColl 26 4 0 24 catches for 322 yards, 4 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1952
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jack Hoffman 26 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1952
LDT Fred Williams 27 4 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 56th pick / 1952
MG Bill George*+ 27 4 0 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
RDT Bill Bishop 25 4 0 Chicago Bears / 8th / 90th pick / 1952
RDE Ed Meadows 24 2 0 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 30th pick / 1954
LLB Wayne Hansen 28 6 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 6th / 76th pick / 1950
RLB Tom Roggeman 25 Rook 0
LDH J.C. Caroline* 23 Rook 0 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
RDH Ray Gene Smith 28 2 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Ken Gorgal 27 6 0 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 78th pick / 1950
RS J.D. Smith 24 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 15th / 179th pick / 1955
 Special Teams Starters
K George Blanda 29 7 0 12 of 28 field goals & 45 of 47 extra points Chicago Bears / 12th / 119th pick / 1949
P Ed Brown* 28 2 12 42 punts for a 39.1 average, 1 blocked Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
PR Don Bingham 27 Rook 0 13 punt returns for a 0.5 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 7th / 78th pick / 1953
KR Don Bingham 27 Rook 0 17 kick returns for a 26.1 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 7th / 78th pick / 1953

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
81 Doug Atkins 26 6 0 257 6-8 Tennessee 5/8/1930 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
46 Don Bingham 27 KR 12 0 185 6-0 Sul Ross St. 11/7/1929 Rook Chicago Bears / 7th / 78th pick / 1953
73 Bill Bishop 25 RDT 12 0 248 6-4 North Texas 5/8/1931 4 Chicago Bears / 8th / 90th pick / 1952
16 George Blanda 29 K 12 0 215 6-2 Kentucky 9/17/1927 7 Chicago Bears / 12th / 119th pick / 1949
63 M.L. Brackett 23 12 0 248 6-5 Auburn 7/4/1933 Rook Chicago Bears / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1956
15 Ed Brown* 28 P 12 12 200 6-2 San Francisco 10/26/1928 2 Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
41 Harland Carl 25 9 0 195 6-0 Wisconsin 10/1/1931 Rook Chicago Bears / 14th / 161st pick / 1953
25 J.C. Caroline* 23 LDH 12 0 185 6-0 Illinois 1/17/1933 Rook Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
35 Rick Casares*+ 25 FB 12 0 226 6-2 Florida 7/4/1931 1 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1954
22 Jesse Castete 23 8 0 180 5-11 McNeese St. 9/3/1933 Rook Chicago Bears / 24th / 287th pick / 1956
65 Herman Clark 26 LG 12 0 256 6-3 Oregon St. 11/30/1930 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 44th pick / 1952
43 Jim Dooley 26 3 0 198 6-4 Miami (FL) 2/8/1930 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1952
31 Joe Fortunato 26 12 0 225 6-1 VMI,Mississippi St. 3/28/1930 1 Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
61 Bill George*+ 27 MG 12 0 237 6-2 Wake Forest 10/27/1929 4 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
62 Kline Gilbert 26 RT 12 0 233 6-2 Mississippi 11/22/1930 3 Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1953
14 Ken Gorgal 27 LS 6 0 200 6-2 Purdue 2/13/1929 6 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 78th pick / 1950
11 Jim Haluska 24 5 0 190 6-0 Wisconsin 10/9/1932 Rook Chicago Bears / 30th / 354th pick / 1954
51 Wayne Hansen 28 LLB 12 0 231 6-2 Texas-El Paso 10/6/1928 6 Chicago Bears / 6th / 76th pick / 1950
80 John Helwig 29 6 0 208 6-2 Notre Dame 12/5/1927 3 Chicago Bears / 11th / 140th pick / 1950
87 Harlon Hill*+ 24 LE 12 0 199 6-3 North Alabama 5/4/1932 2 Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1954
82 Jack Hoffman 26 LDE 12 0 234 6-5 Xavier (OH) 3/11/1930 4 Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1952
89 John Hoffman 31 RH 12 0 215 6-2 Arkansas 12/8/1925 7 Chicago Bears / 5th / 49th pick / 1949
21 Perry Jeter 25 7 0 178 5-7 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 5/17/1931 Rook Chicago Bears / 26th / 311th pick / 1955
78 Stan Jones*+ 25 RG 11 0 252 6-1 Maryland 11/24/1931 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
54 Dick Klawitter 27 5 0 270 6-7 South Dakota St. 6/29/1929 Rook Chicago Bears / 8th / 95th pick / 1956
83 Bill McColl 26 RE 12 0 230 6-4 Stanford 4/2/1930 4 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1952
86 Ed Meadows 24 RDE 12 0 221 6-2 Duke 2/19/1932 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 30th pick / 1954
76 John Mellekas 23 12 0 255 6-3 Arizona 6/14/1933 Rook Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1956
29 McNeil Moore 23 11 0 185 6-0 Rice,Sam Houston St. 6/26/1933 2 Chicago Bears / 18th / 210th pick / 1954
67 Tom Roggeman 25 RLB 12 0 235 6-0 Purdue 9/5/1931 Rook
88 Gene Schroeder 27 11 0 192 6-3 Virginia 3/3/1929 5 Chicago Bears / 1st / 12th pick / 1951
39 J.D. Smith 24 RS 6 0 205 6-1 North Carolina A&T 7/19/1932 Rook Chicago Bears / 15th / 179th pick / 1955
20 Ray Gene Smith 28 RDH 12 0 187 5-10 Midwestern St. 11/27/1928 2
55 Larry Strickland*+ 25 C 12 0 248 6-4 North Texas 9/3/1931 2 Chicago Bears / 13th / 150th pick / 1953
40 Stan Wallace 25 6 0 208 6-3 Illinois 11/15/1931 2 Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1954
45 Bobby Watkins 24 LH 9 0 198 5-10 Ohio St. 3/30/1932 1 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1955
72 Bill Wightkin 29 LT 12 0 235 6-3 Notre Dame 7/28/1927 6 Chicago Bears / 8th / 79th pick / 1949
75 Fred Williams 27 LDT 12 0 249 6-4 Arkansas 2/8/1929 4 Chicago Bears / 5th / 56th pick / 1952
Team Total 25.8 12 218.8 6-2.0 2.4