American Football Database
1935 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach George Halas
Home Field Wrigley Field
Record 6–4–2
Place T-3rd NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1934 1936

Season overview

The 1935 Chicago Bears season was their 16th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–4–2 record, finished in a tie for third (and last) place in the Western Division, and failed to return to the championship game. The Bears had little trouble with the weaker teams in the league, led the league in scoring, and occasionally showed signs of brilliance against top-flight competition, but for the most part they were outclassed by the Lions, Packers, and Giants. The biggest problem was the veterans from the 1920s had largely retired or were past their prime but not enough young talent had emerged to offset these losses. In particular, the retirement of Link Lyman and Red Grange hurt the team, especially on defense. Additionally, Bronko Nagurski and Bill Hewitt were injured for large portions of the season and could not play to their normal level.

Season highlights

Keith Molesworth was the brightest spot on offense, and was a triple threat from the halfback position. Bernie Masterson ran the T-formation adequately but was not particularly accurate as a passer. Luke Johnsos was the most reliable end and led the team in receptions. Gene Ronzani led the club in rushing, but Feathers, Molesworth, and Manders shared rushing duties. Manders had a subpar year as a kicker, making only 1 of 8 field goals. The Bears lost to Green Bay twice, to Detroit once (tying the Lions in the other game), split the series with New York, and beat the Redskins in their only meeting. After a 5–2 start, the Bears faded in the end, winning only 1 of their last 5 games, with one tie. Of note, every other team in the NFL ran either the Single Wing or the A Formation (a variant of the Single Wing run only by the Giants), but the Bears still used the T formation. Many today falsely believe the Bears of the 1940s "invented" the modern T and then everyone adopted it. The truth is everyone ran the T when the league began in 1920. All the other teams switched to the Single Wing after it was perfected in the college game. Meanwhile, coach George Halas and his assistants perfected the T, which they never changed from, and other teams switched back from the Single Wing only after the Bears of the 1940s demonstrated the T's superiority.

Future Hall of Fame players

Other leading players

Players departed from 1934


Date Opponent Location Result Score
Sep 22 Green Bay Packers East Stadium Loss 7–0
Sep. 29 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field Win 23–7
Oct 13 Philadelphia Eagles Baker Bowl Win 39–0
Oct 20 Brooklyn Dodgers Wrigley Field Win 24–14
Oct 27 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 17–14
Nov 3 New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 20–3
Nov 10 Boston Redskins Fenway Park Win 30–14
Nov 17 New York Giants Wrigley Field Loss 3–0
Nov 24 Detroit Lions Wrigley Field Tie 20–20
Nov. 28 Detroit Lions Titan Stadium Loss 14–2
Dec. 1 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Tie 7–7
Dec. 8 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 13–0


NFL Western Division
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Detroit Lions 7 3 2 .700 3–2–2 191 111 W2
Green Bay Packers 8 4 0 .667 4–4 181 96 W1
Chicago Cardinals 6 4 2 .600 3–2–2 99 97 L1
Chicago Bears 6 4 2 .600 1–3–2 192 106 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Chicago Bears
Brooklyn Chicago Cardinals
New York Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
NFL Championship