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1981 Chicago Bears

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6-10-0, NFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.9, Offense: -4.4, Defense: 1.5, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (15.8/g), 27th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 324 points (20.2/g), 14th.
 Differential of -71 points (-4.4/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 5.7-10.3.

Coach: Neill Armstrong (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ted Marchibroda
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Vince Evans 26 4 16 195 for 436, 2,354 yards, 11 td, 20 int, & 43 rushes for 218 yards and 3 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 140th pick / 1977
RB Walter Payton 28 6 16 339 rushes for 1,222 yards, 6 td, & 41 catches for 379 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
FB Matt Suhey 23 1 14 150 rushes for 521 yards, 3 td, & 33 catches for 168 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 46th pick / 1980
WR Brian Baschnagel 27 5 15 34 catches for 554 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 10 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
WR Rickey Watts 24 2 9 27 catches for 465 yards, 3 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 39th pick / 1979
TE Robin Earl 26 4 15 10 catches for 118 yards, 1 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 61st pick / 1977
LT Ted Albrecht 27 4 16 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
LG Noah Jackson 30 6 16 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
C Dan Neal 32 8 16 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
RG Emanuel Zanders 30 7 12 1 fumble recovered
RT Keith Van Horne 24 Rook 12 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 11th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dan Hampton 24 2 16 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1979
LDT Jim Osborne 32 9 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
RDT Alan Page 36 14 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Al Harris 25 2 11 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 9th pick / 1979
LLB Otis Wilson 24 1 12 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 19th pick / 1980
MLB Mike Singletary 23 Rook 9 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 38th pick / 1981
RLB Gary Campbell 29 4 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
LCB Terry Schmidt 29 7 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
RCB Reuben Henderson 23 Rook 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 6th / 150th pick / 1981
SS Gary Fencik*+ 27 5 16 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
FS Doug Plank 28 6 12 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K John Roveto 23 Rook 0 10 of 18 field goals & 19 of 20 extra points
P Bob Parsons 31 9 0 114 punts for a 39.7 average, 0 blocked Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
PR Jeff Fisher 23 Rook 0 43 punt returns for a 11.8 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 7th / 177th pick / 1981
KR Dave Williams 27 4 0 23 kick returns for a 21.1 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 208th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
64 Ted Albrecht 27 LT 16 16 253 6-4 California 10/8/1954 4 5 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
88 Marcus Anderson 22 wr 12 1 178 5-11 Tulane 6/12/1959 Rook 2
7 Bob Avellini 28 9 0 208 6-2 Maryland 8/28/1953 6 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
84 Brian Baschnagel 27 WR 16 15 187 5-11 Ohio St. 1/8/1954 5 4 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
25 Todd Bell 23 16 0 207 6-1 Ohio St. 11/28/1958 Rook 2 Chicago Bears / 4th / 95th pick / 1981
54 Brian Cabral 25 lb 16 4 233 6-1 Colorado 6/23/1956 2 3 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 95th pick / 1978
59 Gary Campbell 29 RLB 16 16 218 6-1 Colorado 3/4/1952 4 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
87 Mike Cobb 26 te 16 1 244 6-5 Michigan St. 12/10/1955 4 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1977
81 Robin Earl 26 TE 16 15 242 6-5 Washington 3/18/1955 4 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 61st pick / 1977
8 Vince Evans 26 QB 16 16 215 6-2 USC 6/14/1955 4 4 Chicago Bears / 6th / 140th pick / 1977
45 Gary Fencik*+ 27 SS 16 16 194 6-1 Yale 6/11/1954 5 15 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
85 Bob Fisher 23 te 6 1 240 6-3 SMU 3/17/1958 1 0 Chicago Bears / 12th / 323rd pick / 1980
24 Jeff Fisher 23 PR 16 0 188 5-10 USC 2/25/1958 Rook 1 Chicago Bears / 7th / 177th pick / 1981
21 Leslie Frazier 22 13 0 189 6-0 Alcorn St. 4/3/1959 Rook 1
83 Kris Haines 24 1 0 183 5-11 Notre Dame 7/23/1957 2 0 Washington Redskins / 9th / 233rd pick / 1979
99 Dan Hampton 24 LDE 16 16 264 6-5 Arkansas 9/19/1957 2 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1979
35 Roland Harper 28 rb 15 2 208 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1953 6 1 Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
90 Al Harris 25 RDE 16 11 250 6-5 Arizona St. 12/31/1956 2 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 9th pick / 1979
73 Mike Hartenstine 28 rde 16 5 251 6-3 Penn St. 7/27/1953 6 4 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
20 Reuben Henderson 23 RCB 16 16 196 6-1 Oklahoma St.,San Diego St. 10/3/1958 Rook 8 Chicago Bears / 6th / 150th pick / 1981
51 Bruce Herron 27 16 0 220 6-2 New Mexico 4/14/1954 3 2 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 180th pick / 1977
63 Jay Hilgenberg 22 16 0 259 6-3 Iowa 3/21/1959 Rook 1
65 Noah Jackson 30 LG 16 16 267 6-2 Tampa 4/14/1951 6 5 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
62 Dan Jiggetts 27 t 16 1 274 6-4 Harvard 3/10/1954 5 1 Chicago Bears / 6th / 161st pick / 1976
57 Lee Kunz 24 mlb 16 7 226 6-2 Nebraska 4/21/1957 2 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 174th pick / 1979
70 Dennis Lick 27 t 3 3 266 6-3 Wisconsin 4/26/1954 5 1 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
89 Ken Margerum 23 wr 16 6 175 6-0 Stanford 10/5/1958 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 67th pick / 1981
37 Willie McClendon 24 16 0 205 6-1 Georgia 9/13/1957 2 0 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1979
76 Steve McMichael 24 10 0 270 6-2 Texas 10/17/1957 1 1 New England Patriots / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1980
43 Emery Moorehead 27 9 0 218 6-2 Colorado 3/22/1954 4 0 New York Giants / 6th / 153rd pick / 1977
52 Dan Neal 32 C 16 16 250 6-4 Kentucky 8/30/1949 8 5 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
6 Hans Nielsen 29 3 0 165 5-11 Michigan St. 11/18/1952 Rook 0
68 Jim Osborne 32 LDT 16 16 250 6-3 Southern 9/7/1949 9 9 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
82 Alan Page 36 RDT 16 16 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 14 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
86 Bob Parsons 31 P 16 0 234 6-4 Penn St. 6/29/1950 9 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
34 Walter Payton 28 RB 16 16 200 5-10 Jackson St. 7/25/1953 6 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
15 Mike Phipps 34 3 0 208 6-3 Purdue 11/19/1947 11 0 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
46 Doug Plank 28 FS 16 12 200 6-0 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 6 6 Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
9 John Roveto 23 K 11 0 180 6-0 La-Lafayette 2/20/1958 Rook 1
44 Terry Schmidt 29 LCB 16 16 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 7 8 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
72 Brad Shearer 26 6 0 250 6-3 Texas 8/10/1955 3 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 74th pick / 1978
50 Mike Singletary 23 MLB 16 9 230 6-0 Baylor 10/9/1958 Rook 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 38th pick / 1981
30 John Skibinski 26 11 0 222 6-0 Purdue 4/27/1955 3 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 139th pick / 1978
69 Revie Sorey 28 g 16 4 260 6-2 Illinois 9/10/1953 6 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
26 Matt Suhey 23 FB 15 14 217 5-11 Penn St. 7/7/1958 1 4 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 46th pick / 1980
16 Bob Thomas 29 2 0 178 5-10 Notre Dame 8/7/1952 6 0 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
78 Keith Van Horne 24 RT 14 12 281 6-6 USC 11/6/1957 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 11th pick / 1981
23 Len Walterscheid 27 db 6 4 190 5-11 Southern Utah 9/13/1954 4 3
80 Rickey Watts 24 WR 12 9 203 6-1 Tulsa 5/16/1957 2 3 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 39th pick / 1979
83 Brooks Williams 27 5 0 226 6-4 North Carolina 12/7/1954 3 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 199th pick / 1978
22 Dave Williams 27 KR 8 0 210 6-2 Colorado 3/10/1954 4 1 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 208th pick / 1976
55 Otis Wilson 24 LLB 15 12 227 6-2 Syracuse,Louisville 9/15/1957 1 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 19th pick / 1980
79 Emanuel Zanders 30 RG 12 12 251 6-1 Jackson St. 7/31/1951 7 4
Team Total 26.4 16 222.3 6-1.6 3.7