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1983 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Mike Ditka
(2nd season)
General Manager Jim Finks
Home Field Soldier Field
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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The 1983 Chicago Bears season was their 64th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–8 record under second year head coach Mike Ditka, but missed postseason play. Jim McMahon was the quarterback, who completed 175 of 295 pass attempts. The Bears 1983 NFL Draft class was ranked #3 in NFL Top 10's greatest draft classes.[2]

1983 NFL DraftEdit

1983 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Jim Covert *  Offensive tackle Pittsburgh
1 18 Willie Gault  Wide receiver Tennessee
2 33 Mike Richardson  Cornerback Arizona State
3 64 Dave Duerson *  Safety Notre Dame
4 91 Tom Thayer  Center Notre Dame
4 107 Pat Dunsmore  Tight end Drake
8 203 Richard Dent   Defensive end Tennessee State
8 219 Mark Bortz *  Guard Iowa
9 230 Rob Fada  Guard Pittsburgh
9 235 Mark Zavagnin  Linebacker Notre Dame
10 256 Anthony Hutchison  Running back Texas Tech
11 286 Gary Worthy  Running back Wilmington (OH)
12 313 Oliver Williams  Wide receiver Illinois
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

PreseasonEdit

The Bears were predicted to finish 7–9 and fourth in the division by Paul Zimmerman. Their prized new weapon would be Willie Gault, Dennis McKinnon (signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bears in 1983) and Jimbo Covert would help open bigger holes for Walter Payton but it was felt they were a few offensive lineman and a tight end away from being effective. The defense would be led by All-Pro Dan Hampton and new defensive backs Mike Richardson and Dave Duerson.[3] The Bears started 1983 by losing 7 of their first 10, but won 5 of their last 6 to finish 8–8. The Bears would go 71–18 in regular season games from November 13, 1983, through October 2, 1989.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
1 August 6, 1983 Buffalo Bills W 27–17 Soldier Field 1–0
2 August 13, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–27 Busch Stadium 1–1
3 August 20, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders W 27–21 L.A. Memorial Coliseum 2–1
4 August 27, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 Soldier Field 3–1

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
60,165
2 September 11, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10
58,186
3 September 18, 1983 at New Orleans Saints L 34–31
64,692
4 September 25, 1983 at Baltimore Colts L 22–19
34,350
5 October 2, 1983 Denver Broncos W 31–14
58,210
6 October 9, 1983 Minnesota Vikings L 23–14
59,632
7 October 16, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 31–17
66,709
8 October 23, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 7–6
45,263
9 October 30, 1983 Detroit Lions L 38–17
58,764
10 November 6, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–14
53,010
11 November 13, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–14
47,524
12 November 20, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–0
36,816
13 November 27, 1983 San Francisco 49ers W 13–3
40,483
14 December 4, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 31–28
51,147
15 December 11, 1983 at Minnesota Vikings W 19–13
57,880
16 December 18, 1983 Green Bay Packers W 23–21
35,807

StandingsEdit

Template:1983 NFC Central standings

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 6 0 7 7

20

Bears 0 10 7 0

17

at Soldier Field, Chicago

Week 2Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 3 7 0

10

Bears 0 10 0 7

17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 68°F, wind 11 mph
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • Box Score

CHI: Mike Hartenstine 2.0 sacks, Terry Schmidt INT

Week 3: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 3 7 14

31

Saints 7 3 14 7

34

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 4: at Baltimore ColtsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 3 13

19

Colts 0 13 0 6

22

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Week 5: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 7 7

14

Bears 14 10 0 7

31

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 8: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 0 0 0

7

Eagles 0 0 3 3

6

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Week 9: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 14 3 14 7

38

Bears 0 3 0 14

17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 11: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 0 7 0

14

Bears 0 14 0 3

17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 12: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 6 7

27

Buccaneers 0 0 0 0

0

at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 0 0 0

3

Bears 3 7 3 0

13

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 14: at Green Bay PackersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 0 14

28

Packers 14 7 0 10

31

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Week 15Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 10 6 0 3 19
Vikings 6 0 7 0 13

[4]

Week 16Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Packers 7 7 0 7 21
Bears 7 0 7 9 23

Roster and staffEdit

StaffEdit

Coaching Staff of 1983 season

Front office

Coaches

 

Position coaches

Trainers

 

Scouts

RosterEdit

Complete Roster of 1983 season

Quarterbacks

Offensive backs

Receivers

Tight ends

 

Kickers

Offensive line

Defensive line

 

Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Defensive backs

Safeties

 

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics

Depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Gary Fencik
Dave Duerson


WLB MLB SLB
Mike Singletary
SS
Todd Bell
CB
Mike Richardson


DE DT DT DE
Dan Hampton Steve McMichael Jim Osborne Mike Hartenstine
{{{LDE_Backup}}}
CB
Leslie Frazier
Offensive Starters
WR
Willie Gault
LT LG C RG RT
Jimbo Covert Noah Jackson Dan Neal Kurt Becker Keith Van Horne
Jay Hilgenberg
TE
Emery Moorehead
WR
Ken Margerum
QB
Jim McMahon
Vince Evans
RB
Walter Payton
FB
Matt Suhey
Special Teams
PK Bob Thomas
P Bob Parsons
KR Anthony Hutchison
PR Dennis McKinnon



ReferencesEdit

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