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1979 Chicago Bears

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10-6-0, NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.0, Offense: -2.2, Defense: 2.1, SoS: -3.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 306 points (19.1/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 249 points (15.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 57 points (3.6/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-6.1.

Coach: Neill Armstrong (10-6-0)
 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 Mike Phipps 32 9 10 134 for 255, 1,535 yards, 9 td, 8 int, & 27 rushes for 51 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
RB Walter Payton* 26 4 16 369 rushes for 1,610 yards, 14 td, & 31 catches for 313 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
FB Dave Williams 25 2 12 127 rushes for 401 yards, 1 td, & 42 catches for 354 yards and 5 td Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 208th pick / 1976
WR Brian Baschnagel 25 3 11 30 catches for 452 yards, 2 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
WR James Scott 27 3 9 21 catches for 382 yards, 3 td New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
TE Mike Cobb 24 2 15 6 catches for 91 yards, 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1977
LT Ted Albrecht 25 2 16 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
LG Noah Jackson 28 4 15 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
C Dan Neal 30 6 16 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
RG Revie Sorey 26 4 16 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
RT Dennis Lick 25 3 16 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dan Hampton 22 Rook 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1979
LDT Jim Osborne 30 7 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
RDT Alan Page 34 12 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Mike Hartenstine 26 4 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
LLB Jerry Muckensturm 26 3 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 190th pick / 1976
MLB Tom Hicks 27 3 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
RLB Gary Campbell 27 2 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
LCB Terry Schmidt 27 5 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
RCB Virgil Livers 27 4 12 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
SS Gary Fencik 25 3 14 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
FS Doug Plank 26 4 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Bob Thomas 27 4 0 16 of 27 field goals & 34 of 37 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
P Bob Parsons 29 7 0 92 punts for a 37.9 average, 1 blocked Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
PR Steve Schubert 28 5 1 25 punt returns for a 9.5 average and 1 td
KR Len Walterscheid 25 2 2 19 kick returns for a 22.5 average and 0 td

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 25 LT 16 16 253 6-4 California 10/8/1954 2 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
63 Tony Ardizzone 23 16 0 240 6-3 Northwestern 12/19/1956 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 153rd pick / 1978
7 Bob Avellini 26 qb 7 3 208 6-2 Maryland 8/28/1953 4 1 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
84 Brian Baschnagel 25 WR 16 11 187 5-11 Ohio St. 1/8/1954 3 5 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
60 Lynn Boden 26 10 1 270 6-3 South Dakota St. 6/5/1953 4 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
55 Doug Buffone 35 16 2 230 6-3 Louisville 6/27/1944 13 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
59 Gary Campbell 27 RLB 16 16 218 6-1 Colorado 3/4/1952 2 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
87 Mike Cobb 24 TE 16 15 244 6-5 Michigan St. 12/10/1955 2 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1977
33 Jack Deloplaine 25 5 1 205 5-10 Salem 4/21/1954 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 182nd pick / 1976
39 Robin Earl 24 te 13 2 242 6-5 Washington 3/18/1955 2 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 61st pick / 1977
48 Allan Ellis 28 db 8 4 185 5-11 UCLA 8/19/1951 6 3 Chicago Bears / 5th / 107th pick / 1973
8 Vince Evans 24 qb 4 3 215 6-2 USC 6/14/1955 2 2 Chicago Bears / 6th / 140th pick / 1977
45 Gary Fencik 25 SS 14 14 194 6-1 Yale 6/11/1954 3 9 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
36 Wentford Gaines 26 16 0 185 6-0 Ferrum,Tennessee Tech,Cincinnati 2/4/1953 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 265th pick / 1976
83 Kris Haines 22 2 0 183 5-11 Notre Dame 7/23/1957 Rook 0 Washington Redskins / 9th / 233rd pick / 1979
99 Dan Hampton 22 LDE 16 16 264 6-5 Arkansas 9/19/1957 Rook 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1979
90 Al Harris 23 4 0 250 6-5 Arizona St. 12/31/1956 Rook 3 Chicago Bears / 1st / 9th pick / 1979
53 Tommy Hart 35 15 0 245 6-4 Morris Brown 11/7/1944 11 3 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 261st pick / 1968
73 Mike Hartenstine 26 RDE 16 16 251 6-3 Penn St. 7/27/1953 4 7 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
51 Bruce Herron 25 16 0 220 6-2 New Mexico 4/14/1954 1 4 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 180th pick / 1977
54 Tom Hicks 27 MLB 15 14 235 6-4 Illinois 12/18/1952 3 8 Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
65 Noah Jackson 28 LG 15 15 267 6-2 Tampa 4/14/1951 4 6 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
62 Dan Jiggetts 25 16 0 274 6-4 Harvard 3/10/1954 3 3 Chicago Bears / 6th / 161st pick / 1976
57 Lee Kunz 22 16 0 226 6-2 Nebraska 4/21/1957 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 174th pick / 1979
88 Greg Latta 27 15 1 227 6-3 Morgan St. 10/13/1952 4 1 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
70 Dennis Lick 25 RT 16 16 266 6-3 Wisconsin 4/26/1954 3 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
24 Virgil Livers 27 RCB 13 12 176 5-8 West. Kentucky 3/26/1952 4 6 Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
37 Willie McClendon 22 16 0 205 6-1 Georgia 9/13/1957 Rook 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1979
50 Mark Merrill 24 9 0 237 6-4 Minnesota 5/5/1955 1 3 New York Jets / 2nd / 31st pick / 1978
74 Jerry Meyers 25 6 0 249 6-4 Northern Illinois 2/21/1954 3 3 Chicago Bears / 15th / 411th pick / 1976
58 Jerry Muckensturm 26 LLB 16 16 223 6-4 Arkansas St. 10/13/1953 3 8 Chicago Bears / 7th / 190th pick / 1976
52 Dan Neal 30 C 16 16 250 6-4 Kentucky 8/30/1949 6 6 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
68 Jim Osborne 30 LDT 16 16 250 6-3 Southern 9/7/1949 7 7 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
82 Alan Page 34 RDT 16 16 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 12 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
86 Bob Parsons 29 P 16 0 234 6-4 Penn St. 6/29/1950 7 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
34 Walter Payton* 26 RB 16 16 200 5-10 Jackson St. 7/25/1953 4 15 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
25 Lonnie Perrin 27 9 0 222 6-1 Illinois 2/3/1952 3 0 Denver Broncos / 5th / 139th pick / 1976
15 Mike Phipps 32 QB 12 10 208 6-3 Purdue 11/19/1947 9 6 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
46 Doug Plank 26 FS 16 16 200 6-0 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 4 8 Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
83 Golden Richards 29 5 5 181 6-1 Hawaii,BYU 12/31/1950 6 1 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1973
76 Ron Rydalch 27 16 0 260 6-4 Utah 1/1/1952 4 4 New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1974
44 Terry Schmidt 27 LCB 16 16 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 5 9 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
85 Steve Schubert 28 PR 14 1 185 5-10 Massachusetts 3/15/1951 5 1
89 James Scott 27 WR 10 9 190 6-1 Trinity Valley CC (TX) 3/28/1952 3 4 New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
30 John Skibinski 24 rb 1 1 222 6-0 Purdue 4/27/1955 1 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 139th pick / 1978
69 Revie Sorey 26 RG 16 16 260 6-2 Illinois 9/10/1953 4 6 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
47 Mike Spivey 25 16 0 197 6-0 Colorado 3/10/1954 2 4 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1977
16 Bob Thomas 27 K 16 0 178 5-10 Notre Dame 8/7/1952 4 2 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
23 Len Walterscheid 25 KR 15 2 190 5-11 Southern Utah 9/13/1954 2 0
81 Harry Washington 23 6 0 180 6-0 Colorado St. 7/30/1956 1 0
80 Rickey Watts 22 wr 16 6 203 6-1 Tulsa 5/16/1957 Rook 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 39th pick / 1979
22 Dave Williams 25 FB 14 12 210 6-2 Colorado 3/10/1954 2 7 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 208th pick / 1976
Team Total 26.2 16 221.5 6-1.8 3.5