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1978 Chicago Bears

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7-9-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.4, Offense: -2.7, Defense: 0.3, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (15.8/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 274 points (17.1/g), 9th.
 Differential of -21 points (-1.3/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-8.8.

Coach: Neill Armstrong (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ken Meyer
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan

Stadium: Soldier Field (I)
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Avellini 25 3 12 141 for 264, 1,718 yards, 5 td, 16 int, & 34 rushes for 54 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
RB Walter Payton* 25 3 16 333 rushes for 1,395 yards, 11 td, & 50 catches for 480 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
FB Roland Harper 25 3 16 240 rushes for 992 yards, 6 td, & 43 catches for 340 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
WR Golden Richards 28 5 14 27 catches for 379 yards, 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1973
WR James Scott 26 2 14 42 catches for 759 yards, 5 td New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
TE Greg Latta 26 3 16 15 catches for 159 yards, 0 td Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
LT Ted Albrecht 24 1 15 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
LG Noah Jackson 27 3 16 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
C Dan Neal 29 5 16 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
RG Revie Sorey 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
RT Dennis Lick 24 2 16 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tommy Hart 34 10 16 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 261st pick / 1968
LDT Jim Osborne 29 6 15 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
RDT Alan Page 33 11 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Mike Hartenstine 25 3 15 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
LLB Doug Buffone 34 12 15 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
MLB Tom Hicks 26 2 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
RLB Gary Campbell 26 1 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
LCB Terry Schmidt 26 4 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
RCB Virgil Livers 26 3 13 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
SS Gary Fencik 24 2 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
FS Doug Plank 25 3 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Bob Thomas 26 3 0 17 of 22 field goals & 26 of 28 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
P Bob Parsons 28 6 0 96 punts for a 37.0 average, 0 blocked Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
PR Steve Schubert 27 4 1 27 punt returns for a 8.5 average and 1 td
KR Brian Baschnagel 24 2 1 20 kick returns for a 22.8 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
64 Ted Albrecht 24 LT 15 15 253 6-4 California 10/8/1954 1 5 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
79 Lionel Antoine 28 t 9 1 262 6-6 Southern Illinois 8/31/1950 6 1 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1972
7 Bob Avellini 25 QB 13 12 208 6-2 Maryland 8/28/1953 3 7 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
84 Brian Baschnagel 24 KR 16 1 187 5-11 Ohio St. 1/8/1954 2 0 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
51 Doug Becker 22 1 0 220 6-0 Notre Dame 6/27/1956 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 268th pick / 1978
25 Art Best 25 16 0 205 6-1 Notre Dame,Kent St. 3/18/1953 1 0 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 156th pick / 1977
55 Doug Buffone 34 LLB 15 15 230 6-3 Louisville 6/27/1944 12 7 Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
59 Gary Campbell 26 RLB 16 16 218 6-1 Colorado 3/4/1952 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
87 Mike Cobb 23 13 0 244 6-5 Michigan St. 12/10/1955 1 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1977
50 Chris Devlin 25 lb 6 1 226 6-2 Penn St. 11/22/1953 3 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 170th pick / 1975
39 Robin Earl 23 16 0 242 6-5 Washington 3/18/1955 1 0 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 61st pick / 1977
8 Vince Evans 23 3 0 215 6-2 USC 6/14/1955 1 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 140th pick / 1977
45 Gary Fencik 24 SS 16 16 194 6-1 Yale 6/11/1954 2 8 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
36 Wentford Gaines 25 11 0 185 6-0 Ferrum,Tennessee Tech,Cincinnati 2/4/1953 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 265th pick / 1976
35 Roland Harper 25 FB 16 16 208 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1953 3 11 Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
53 Tommy Hart 34 LDE 16 16 245 6-4 Morris Brown 11/7/1944 10 7 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 261st pick / 1968
73 Mike Hartenstine 25 RDE 16 15 251 6-3 Penn St. 7/27/1953 3 8 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
51 Bruce Herron 24 lb 15 1 220 6-2 New Mexico 4/14/1954 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 180th pick / 1977
54 Tom Hicks 26 MLB 9 9 235 6-4 Illinois 12/18/1952 2 4 Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
65 Noah Jackson 27 LG 16 16 267 6-2 Tampa 4/14/1951 3 6 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
62 Dan Jiggetts 24 16 0 274 6-4 Harvard 3/10/1954 2 3 Chicago Bears / 6th / 161st pick / 1976
88 Greg Latta 26 TE 16 16 227 6-3 Morgan St. 10/13/1952 3 2 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
70 Dennis Lick 24 RT 16 16 266 6-3 Wisconsin 4/26/1954 2 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
24 Virgil Livers 26 RCB 13 13 176 5-8 West. Kentucky 3/26/1952 3 6 Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
74 Jerry Meyers 24 16 0 249 6-4 Northern Illinois 2/21/1954 2 4 Chicago Bears / 15th / 411th pick / 1976
29 Mike Morgan 22 5 0 207 5-11 Wisconsin 1/19/1956 Rook 0
63 Jon Morris 36 10 0 254 6-4 Holy Cross 4/5/1942 14 3 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
58 Jerry Muckensturm 25 16 0 223 6-4 Arkansas St. 10/13/1953 2 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 190th pick / 1976
52 Dan Neal 29 C 16 16 250 6-4 Kentucky 8/30/1949 5 6 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
68 Jim Osborne 29 LDT 15 15 250 6-3 Southern 9/7/1949 6 6 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
82 Alan Page 33 RDT 10 10 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 11 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
86 Bob Parsons 28 P 16 0 234 6-4 Penn St. 6/29/1950 6 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
34 Walter Payton* 25 RB 16 16 200 5-10 Jackson St. 7/25/1953 3 15 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
15 Mike Phipps 31 qb 6 4 208 6-3 Purdue 11/19/1947 8 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
46 Doug Plank 25 FS 14 13 200 6-0 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 3 7 Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
80 Bo Rather 28 wr 6 2 184 6-1 Michigan 10/7/1950 5 0 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 104th pick / 1973
83 Golden Richards 28 WR 15 14 181 6-1 Hawaii,BYU 12/31/1950 5 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1973
57 Don Rives 27 mlb 16 7 225 6-2 Texas Tech 8/30/1951 5 5 Chicago Bears / 15th / 370th pick / 1973
76 Ron Rydalch 26 rdt 12 5 260 6-4 Utah 1/1/1952 3 3 New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1974
44 Terry Schmidt 26 LCB 16 16 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 4 7 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
85 Steve Schubert 27 PR 13 1 185 5-10 Massachusetts 3/15/1951 4 2
89 James Scott 26 WR 15 14 190 6-1 Trinity Valley CC (TX) 3/28/1952 2 8 New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
75 Jeff Sevy 28 14 0 260 6-5 California 10/24/1950 3 3 Chicago Bears / 12th / 290th pick / 1974
72 Brad Shearer 23 dt 15 2 250 6-3 Texas 8/10/1955 Rook 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 74th pick / 1978
30 John Skibinski 23 16 0 222 6-0 Purdue 4/27/1955 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 139th pick / 1978
69 Revie Sorey 25 RG 16 16 260 6-2 Illinois 9/10/1953 3 6 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
47 Mike Spivey 24 db 16 3 197 6-0 Colorado 3/10/1954 1 2 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1977
16 Bob Thomas 26 K 16 0 178 5-10 Notre Dame 8/7/1952 3 5 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
23 Len Walterscheid 24 db 14 3 190 5-11 Southern Utah 9/13/1954 1 2
Team Total 26.1 16 223.2 6-1.9 3.3