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1997 Chicago Bears

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4-12-0, NFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.5, Offense: -3.1, Defense: -5.3, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 263 points (16.4/g), 28th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 421 points (26.3/g), 29th.
 Differential of -158 points (-9.9/g), 29th.  Expected W-L: 4.0-12.0.

Coach: Dave Wannstedt (4-12-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Matt Cavanaugh
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Slowik
 Other Notable Asst.: Greg Schiano (Defensive Assistant) and Eric Studesville (Offensive Quality Control)

Stadium: Soldier Field (I)
 Training Camp: UW Platteville (Platteville, Wisconsin)

Team Info

VP of Personnel/de facto General Manager Mark Hatley
Secretary of the Board of Directors Virginia Halas McCaskey
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 263 4990 1128 4.4 41 19 23 305 336 595 3244 14 22 5.1 188 490 1746 14 3.6 94
Team Defense 421 4888 935 5.2 30 17 28 281 273 476 3030 25 13 5.9 156 421 1858 18 4.4 97
Lg Rank Offense 28 17 27 28 10 3 15 26 25 26 7 16 12 24
Lg Rank Defense 29 12 11 2 10 4 11 25 21 20 8 19 27 27

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 24 38 19 336 172 164 3 18 315 208 107 2
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-2 Minnesota Vikings 24 27 16 305 158 147 2 23 378 261 117 1
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 0-3 Detroit Lions 7 32 19 284 190 94 2 27 404 202 202 1
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 0-4 @ New England Patriots 3 31 9 199 120 79 3 23 402 315 87 3
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 0-5 @ Dallas Cowboys 3 27 17 243 102 141 2 13 180 124 56 1
6 Sun October 5 boxscore L 0-6 New Orleans Saints 17 20 19 266 165 101 11 322 185 137 3
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 0-7 Green Bay Packers 23 24 26 353 232 121 2 22 277 177 100 1
8 Bye Week
9 Mon October 27 boxscore W OT 1-7 @ Miami Dolphins 36 33 26 464 336 128 2 18 365 246 119 3
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 1-8 Washington Redskins 8 31 23 336 274 62 4 24 388 185 203 1
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 1-9 @ Minnesota Vikings 22 29 20 341 251 90 2 19 302 193 109 2
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 1-10 New York Jets 15 23 27 356 307 49 5 11 193 116 77 1
13 Sun November 23 boxscore W 2-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 7 17 279 110 169 14 272 237 35 3
14 Thu November 27 boxscore L 2-11 @ Detroit Lions 20 55 16 333 262 71 4 25 496 274 222 1
15 Sun December 7 boxscore W 3-11 Buffalo Bills 20 3 23 392 272 120 2 10 160 105 55 1
16 Sun December 14 boxscore W 4-11 @ St. Louis Rams 13 10 13 309 189 120 5 11 165 116 49 5
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 4-12 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 31 15 194 104 90 3 12 269 86 183 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Erik Kramer 33 QB 15 13 4-9-0 275 477 57.7 3011 14 2.9 14 2.9 78 6.3 5.6 10.9 200.7 74.0 25 149 5.70 5.00 5.0 1 1
13 Rick Mirer 27 qb 7 3 0-3-0 53 103 51.5 420 0 0.0 6 5.8 34 4.1 1.5 7.9 60.0 37.7 16 89 2.78 0.51 13.4 1 1
18 Steve Stenstrom 26 3 0 8 14 57.1 70 0 0.0 2 14.3 18 5.0 -1.4 8.8 23.3 31.0 2 19 3.19 -2.44 12.5
80 Curtis Conway 26 wr 7 7 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.4 16 4-12-0 336 595 56.5 3501 14 2.4 22 3.7 78 5.9 4.7 10.4 218.8 66.1 43 257 5.08 3.97 6.7 2 2
Opp Total 16 273 476 57.4 3289 25 5.3 13 2.7 6.9 6.73 12.0 205.6 84.8 38 259 5.9 5.7 7.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
29 Raymont Harris 27 RB 13 13 275 1033 10 68 3.8 79.5 21.2 28 115 4.1 0 16 2.2 8.8 1148 10 1
21 Darnell Autry 21 rb 13 3 112 319 1 17 2.8 24.5 8.6 9 59 6.6 0 14 0.7 4.5 378 1 2
31 Rashaan Salaam 23 rb 3 3 31 112 0 17 3.6 37.3 10.3 2 20 10.0 0 18 0.7 6.7 132 0 2
12 Erik Kramer 33 QB 15 13 27 83 2 31 3.1 5.5 1.8 83 2 11
13 Rick Mirer 27 qb 7 3 20 78 1 20 3.9 11.1 2.9 78 1 4
30 Tony Carter 25 FB 16 10 9 56 0 16 6.2 3.5 0.6 24 152 6.3 0 19 1.5 9.5 208 0 0
44 Michael Hicks 24 3 0 4 14 0 8 3.5 4.7 1.3 14 0 0
80 Curtis Conway 26 wr 7 7 3 17 0 10 5.7 2.4 0.4 30 476 15.9 1 55 4.3 68.0 493 1 0
22 Ronnie Harmon 33 1 0 2 6 0 4 3.0 6.0 2.0 2 8 4.0 0 6 2.0 8.0 14 0 0
16 Todd Sauerbrun 24 P 16 0 2 8 0 8 4.0 0.5 0.1 8 0 1
86 Chris Penn 26 wr 14 4 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 47 576 12.3 3 33 3.4 41.1 575 3 1
33 Tyrone Hughes 27 KR/PR 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 8 68 8.5 0 16 0.6 4.9 71 0 2
83 Eric Smith 26 7 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 1.7 0.1 2 22 11.0 0 12 0.3 3.1 34 0 0
88 Harper LeBel 34 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
18 Steve Stenstrom 26 3 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 2.0 0.3 6 0 1
87 Ricky Proehl 29 WR 15 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 58 753 13.0 7 78 3.9 50.2 753 7 2
89 Ryan Wetnight 27 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 464 10.1 1 34 2.9 29.0 464 1 1
81 Bobby Engram 24 WR 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 399 8.9 2 23 4.1 36.3 399 2 1
85 Keith Jennings 31 TE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 164 11.7 0 23 1.2 13.7 164 0 0
82 Fabien Bownes 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 146 12.2 0 21 0.8 9.1 146 0 0
84 John Allred 23 te 15 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 70 8.8 0 18 0.5 4.7 70 0 0
49 Tremayne Allen 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.5 4.5 9 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 490 1746 14 68 3.6 109.1 30.6 336 3501 10.4 14 78 21.0 218.8 5247 28 33
Opp Total 16 421 1858 18 4.4 116.1 26.3 273 3030 11.1 25 17.1 189.4 4888 43 25

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
33 Tyrone Hughes 27 KR/PR 14 0 36 258 0 19 7.2 43 1008 0 58 23.4 1337
82 Fabien Bownes 25 16 0 19 396 0 36 20.8 542
83 Eric Smith 26 7 0 10 196 0 28 19.6 230
87 Ricky Proehl 29 WR 15 10 8 59 0 14 7.4 812
81 Bobby Engram 24 WR 11 11 1 4 0 4 4.0 2 27 0 20 13.5 430
84 John Allred 23 te 15 4 2 21 0 11 10.5 91
30 Tony Carter 25 FB 16 10 2 34 0 19 17.0 242
38 Mike Faulkerson 27 7 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
89 Ryan Wetnight 27 te 16 3 1 9 0 9 9.0 473
36 Anthony Marshall 27 db 14 1 0 3 0 3 3
Team Total 26.4 16 46 321 0 19 7.0 79 1694 0 58 21.4 7262
Opp Total 16 52 727 2 14.0 52 1237 0 23.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
16 Todd Sauerbrun 24 P 16 0 95 4059 67 0 42.7
1 Jeff Jaeger 33 K 16 0 9 8 10 8 6 4 1 1 26 21 80.8% 20 20 100.0% 1 18 18 0 18.0
Team Total 26.4 16 9 8 10 8 6 4 1 1 26 21 80.8% 20 20 100.0% 96 4077 67 0 42.5
Opp Total 16 32 24 75.0% 45 45 100.0% 81 3524 43.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
52 Bryan Cox 29 MLB 16 15 5.0 1 0 1 0 0 68 33
23 Marty Carter 28 SS 15 15 1.0 1 14 0 14 0 70 26
27 Walt Harris 23 RCB 16 16 5 30 0 12 0 4 1 1 0 0 76 7
92 Barry Minter 27 RLB 16 16 6.0 1 0 3 0 0 65 27
26 John Mangum 30 FS 16 16 1.0 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 68 21
54 Ron Cox 29 LLB 15 13 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 43 14
99 Jim Flanigan 26 LDT 16 16 6.0 2 0 3 3 0 38 12
25 Tom Carter 25 LCB 16 16 3 12 0 12 0 43 5
36 Anthony Marshall 27 db 14 1 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 10 0 26 6
98 Carl Simpson 27 RDT 16 16 4.5 24 10
95 Mark Thomas 28 lde 16 7 4.5 1 0 1 0 0 25 7
46 Marlon Forbes 26 db 16 1 21 8
68 Carl Reeves 26 RDE 15 10 0.5 0 0 1 0 0 20 7
91 John Thierry 26 LDE 9 9 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 9 6
93 Paul Grasmanis 23 dt 16 1 0.5 0 0 1 0 0 9 5
35 James Burton 26 db 5 1 10 2
90 Alonzo Spellman 26 rde 7 5 2.0 8 4
12 Erik Kramer 33 QB 15 13 0 11 3 -14 0
55 Sean Harris 25 lb 11 1 4 1
53 Michael Lowery 23 16 0 2 3
24 Terry Cousin 22 6 0 2 2
13 Rick Mirer 27 qb 7 3 0 4 1 -4 0
96 Tyrone Williams 25 3 0 2 1
33 Tyrone Hughes 27 KR/PR 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
97 Chris Zorich 28 3 0 2 0
21 Darnell Autry 21 rb 13 3 0 2 0 0 0
81 Bobby Engram 24 WR 11 11 0 1 1 0 0
48 Van Hiles 22 db 16 1 1 0
88 Harper LeBel 34 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
87 Ricky Proehl 29 WR 15 10 0 2 0 0 0
31 Rashaan Salaam 23 rb 3 3 0 2 0 0 0
82 Fabien Bownes 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Todd Burger 27 RG 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
30 Tony Carter 25 FB 16 10 0 0 1 0 0
38 Mike Faulkerson 27 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 Raymont Harris 27 RB 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
86 Chris Penn 26 wr 14 4 0 1 0 0 0
57 Tony Peterson 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Evan Pilgrim 25 lg 13 6 0 0 1 0 0
16 Todd Sauerbrun 24 P 16 0 0 1 0 -9 0
18 Steve Stenstrom 26 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
89 Ryan Wetnight 27 te 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 38.0 13 60 0 14 0 13 33 29 -14 0 636 207
Opp Total 16 43 25 8

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Jeff Jaeger 33 K 16 0 20 21 83
29 Raymont Harris 27 RB 13 13 10 10 60
87 Ricky Proehl 29 WR 15 10 7 7 1 44
86 Chris Penn 26 wr 14 4 3 3 18
81 Bobby Engram 24 WR 11 11 2 2 1 14
12 Erik Kramer 33 QB 15 13 2 2 12
21 Darnell Autry 21 rb 13 3 1 1 1 8
13 Rick Mirer 27 qb 7 3 1 1 1 8
80 Curtis Conway 26 wr 7 7 1 1 6
89 Ryan Wetnight 27 te 16 3 1 1 6
99 Jim Flanigan 26 LDT 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.4 16 14 14 28 5 20 21 1 261
Opp Total 16 18 25 2 4 1 2 45 24 421