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1983 Chicago Bears

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.1, Offense: -2.5, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 311 points (19.4/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 301 points (18.8/g), 5th.
 Differential of 10 points (0.6/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-7.7.

Coach: Mike Ditka (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ed Hughes
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim McMahon 24 1 13 175 for 295, 2,184 yards, 12 td, 13 int, & 55 rushes for 307 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1982
RB Walter Payton* 30 8 16 314 rushes for 1,421 yards, 6 td, & 53 catches for 607 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
FB Matt Suhey 25 3 13 149 rushes for 681 yards, 4 td, & 49 catches for 429 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 46th pick / 1980
WR Willie Gault 23 Rook 13 40 catches for 836 yards, 8 td, & 4 rushes for 31 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 18th pick / 1983
WR Ken Margerum 25 2 9 21 catches for 336 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 67th pick / 1981
TE Emery Moorehead 29 6 15 42 catches for 597 yards, 3 td, & 5 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 6th / 153rd pick / 1977
LT Jimbo Covert 23 Rook 16 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1983
LG Noah Jackson 32 8 13 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
C Dan Neal 34 10 8 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
RG Kurt Becker 25 1 14 Chicago Bears / 6th / 146th pick / 1982
RT Keith Van Horne 26 2 10 Chicago Bears / 1st / 11th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mike Hartenstine 30 8 16 12.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
LDT Jim Osborne 34 11 12 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
RDT Steve McMichael 26 3 10 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1980
RDE Dan Hampton 26 4 11 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1979
LLB Otis Wilson 26 3 16 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 19th pick / 1980
MLB Mike Singletary* 25 2 16 3.5 sacks, 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 38th pick / 1981
RLB Al Harris 27 4 11 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 9th pick / 1979
LCB Mike Richardson 22 Rook 14 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1983
RCB Leslie Frazier 24 2 16 0.0 sacks, 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
SS Todd Bell 25 2 15 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 95th pick / 1981
FS Gary Fencik 29 7 7 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K Bob Thomas 31 8 0 14 of 25 field goals & 35 of 38 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
P Bob Parsons 33 11 0 79 punts for a 36.9 average, 0 blocked Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
PR Dennis McKinnon 22 Rook 3 34 punt returns for a 9.3 average and 1 td
KR Anthony Hutchison 22 Rook 0 17 kick returns for a 15.2 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 10th / 256th pick / 1983

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
51 Kelvin Atkins 23 13 0 235 6-3 Illinois 7/3/1960 Rook 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 8th / 212th pick / 1982
7 Bob Avellini 30 2 0 208 6-2 Maryland 8/28/1953 8 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
84 Brian Baschnagel 29 wr 16 4 187 5-11 Ohio St. 1/8/1954 7 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
79 Kurt Becker 25 RG 16 14 271 6-5 Michigan 12/22/1958 1 6 Chicago Bears / 6th / 146th pick / 1982
25 Todd Bell 25 SS 15 15 207 6-1 Ohio St. 11/28/1958 2 7 Chicago Bears / 4th / 95th pick / 1981
62 Mark Bortz 22 16 0 282 6-6 Iowa 2/12/1961 Rook 1 Chicago Bears / 8th / 219th pick / 1983
54 Brian Cabral 27 lb 16 4 233 6-1 Colorado 6/23/1956 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 95th pick / 1978
59 Gary Campbell 31 lb 6 4 218 6-1 Colorado 3/4/1952 6 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
74 Jimbo Covert 23 LT 16 16 277 6-4 Pittsburgh 3/22/1960 Rook 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1983
95 Richard Dent 23 de 16 3 265 6-5 Tennessee St. 12/13/1960 Rook 3 Chicago Bears / 8th / 203rd pick / 1983
22 Dave Duerson 23 fs 16 6 207 6-1 Notre Dame 11/28/1960 Rook 3 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1983
88 Pat Dunsmore 26 te 16 1 237 6-3 Drake 10/2/1957 Rook 1 Chicago Bears / 4th / 107th pick / 1983
8 Vince Evans 28 qb 9 3 215 6-2 USC 6/14/1955 6 4 Chicago Bears / 6th / 140th pick / 1977
92 Rob Fada 22 g 5 3 265 6-2 Pittsburgh 5/7/1961 Rook 1 Chicago Bears / 9th / 230th pick / 1983
45 Gary Fencik 29 FS 7 7 194 6-1 Yale 6/11/1954 7 4 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
24 Jeff Fisher 25 db 8 3 188 5-10 USC 2/25/1958 2 2 Chicago Bears / 7th / 177th pick / 1981
21 Leslie Frazier 24 RCB 16 16 189 6-0 Alcorn St. 4/3/1959 2 10
71 Andy Frederick 29 rt 16 6 257 6-6 New Mexico 7/25/1954 6 3 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 137th pick / 1977
83 Willie Gault 23 WR 16 13 181 6-0 Tennessee 9/5/1960 Rook 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 18th pick / 1983
29 Dennis Gentry 24 15 0 181 5-8 Baylor 2/10/1959 1 0 Chicago Bears / 4th / 89th pick / 1982
99 Dan Hampton 26 RDE 11 11 264 6-5 Arkansas 9/19/1957 4 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1979
90 Al Harris 27 RLB 13 11 250 6-5 Arizona St. 12/31/1956 4 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 9th pick / 1979
73 Mike Hartenstine 30 LDE 16 16 251 6-3 Penn St. 7/27/1953 8 10 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
67 Perry Hartnett 23 2 0 278 6-5 SMU 4/28/1960 1 0 Chicago Bears / 5th / 116th pick / 1982
63 Jay Hilgenberg 24 C 16 8 259 6-3 Iowa 3/21/1959 2 4
32 Anthony Hutchison 22 KR 16 0 186 5-10 Texas Tech 2/4/1961 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 10th / 256th pick / 1983
65 Noah Jackson 32 LG 13 13 267 6-2 Tampa 4/14/1951 8 5 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
72 John Janata 22 15 0 274 6-7 Illinois 4/10/1961 Rook 1
98 Tyrone Keys 23 de 14 4 272 6-7 Mississippi St. 10/24/1960 Rook 3 New York Jets / 5th / 113th pick / 1981
82 Ken Margerum 25 WR 15 9 175 6-0 Stanford 10/5/1958 2 3 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 67th pick / 1981
85 Dennis McKinnon 22 PR 16 3 185 6-1 Florida St. 8/22/1961 Rook 3
9 Jim McMahon 24 QB 14 13 195 6-1 BYU 8/21/1959 1 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1982
76 Steve McMichael 26 RDT 16 10 270 6-2 Texas 10/17/1957 3 7 New England Patriots / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1980
87 Emery Moorehead 29 TE 16 15 218 6-2 Colorado 3/22/1954 6 5 New York Giants / 6th / 153rd pick / 1977
58 Jerry Muckensturm 30 1 0 223 6-4 Arkansas St. 10/13/1953 7 0 Chicago Bears / 7th / 190th pick / 1976
52 Dan Neal 34 C 8 8 250 6-4 Kentucky 8/30/1949 10 3 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
67 Tim Norman 24 1 0 270 6-6 Illinois 7/10/1959 Rook 0
68 Jim Osborne 34 LDT 16 12 250 6-3 Southern 9/7/1949 11 7 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
86 Bob Parsons 33 P 14 0 234 6-4 Penn St. 6/29/1950 11 0 Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
34 Walter Payton* 30 RB 16 16 200 5-10 Jackson St. 7/25/1953 8 13 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
20 Kevin Potter 24 8 0 188 5-10 Missouri 12/19/1959 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 9th / 226th pick / 1983
53 Dan Rains 27 rlb 15 5 224 6-1 Cincinnati 4/26/1956 1 4
27 Mike Richardson 22 LCB 16 14 187 6-0 Arizona St. 5/23/1961 Rook 8 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1983
81 Jay Saldi 29 te 13 6 225 6-3 South Carolina 10/8/1954 7 1
44 Terry Schmidt 31 db 13 3 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 9 4 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
89 James Scott 31 1 0 190 6-1 Trinity Valley CC (TX) 3/28/1952 7 0 New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
57 Dave Simmons 26 13 0 221 6-4 North Carolina 1/19/1957 4 1 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 153rd pick / 1979
50 Mike Singletary* 25 MLB 16 16 230 6-0 Baylor 10/9/1958 2 13 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 38th pick / 1981
69 Revie Sorey 30 g 3 2 260 6-2 Illinois 9/10/1953 8 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
19 Ray Stachowicz 24 2 0 185 5-11 Michigan St. 3/6/1959 2 0 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1981
26 Matt Suhey 25 FB 16 13 217 5-11 Penn St. 7/7/1958 3 7 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 46th pick / 1980
16 Bob Thomas 31 K 16 0 178 5-10 Notre Dame 8/7/1952 8 1 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
33 Calvin Thomas 23 13 0 239 5-11 Illinois 1/7/1960 1 0
78 Keith Van Horne 26 RT 14 10 281 6-6 USC 11/6/1957 2 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 11th pick / 1981
80 Rickey Watts 26 4 0 203 6-1 Tulsa 5/16/1957 4 0 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 39th pick / 1979
43 Walt Williams 29 15 0 185 6-1 Ashland,New Mexico St. 7/10/1954 6 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
55 Otis Wilson 26 LLB 16 16 227 6-2 Syracuse,Louisville 9/15/1957 3 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 19th pick / 1980
Team Total 26.4 16 226.1 6-1.9 3.6