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1986 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Mike Ditka
(5th season)
General Manager Jerry Vainisi
(Since 1983)
Home Field Soldier Field
Results
Record 14–2
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27–13
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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The 1986 Chicago Bears season was their 67th regular season and 17th post-season completed in the National Football League. The Bears entered the season looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, as they had won in 1985. Chicago managed to finish 14–2, one game off of their 1985 record of 15–1, and tied the New York Giants for the league’s best record.

After winning the championship in 1985, the Bears seemed like a dynasty in the making. However, quarterback Jim McMahon showed up to training camp 25 pounds overweight – the product of the post-Super Bowl partying he’d partaken in. Nonetheless, he was once again named as the starter. Injuries, however, derailed his season. McMahon played in only six of the team’s first 12 games.

Aided by a strong offensive line, the Bears were once again led on offense by Walter Payton. Payton remained his usual stellar self, posting his 10th and final 1,000-yard season. With McMahon’s poor play, as well as the equally poor play of backups Mike Tomczak, Steve Fuller and Doug Flutie, Payton was the sole spark on offense, which ranked 13th in the NFL.

As had been the case the year before, the Bears were once again led by their explosive defense. Any shortcomings on the offensive side of the ball were more than made up for on the defensive side. They once again were ranked #1 in the NFL. The Bears’ defense became the third defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest points allowed and fewest total yards allowed for two consecutive seasons.[2] The Bears’ 187 points allowed is the fewest surrendered by any team in the 1980s (other than the strike-shortened 1982 season) – even fewer than the 198 points the Bears allowed in their historic 1985 season.

However, the Bears were not able to recapture their magic from the season before and were bounced from the playoffs in their first game by the Washington Redskins.

1986 NFL DraftEdit

1986 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 27 Neal Anderson *  Running back Florida
2 55 Vestee Jackson  Cornerback Washington
3 82 David Williams  Wide receiver Illinois
4 110 Paul Blair  Tackle Oklahoma State
5 138 Lew Barnes  Wide receiver Oregon
6 166 Jeff Powell  Running back Tennessee
7 194 Bruce Jones  Defensive back North Alabama
8 221 Maurice Douglass  Defensive back Kentucky
9 249 John Teltschik  Punter Texas
10 277 Barton Hundley  Defensive back Kansas State
11 305 Glen Kozlowski  Wide receiver Brigham Young
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster and staffEdit

StaffEdit

Coaching Staff of 1986 season

Front office

Coaches

 

Position coaches

Trainers

 

Scouts

RosterEdit

Complete Roster of 1986 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


WLB MLB SLB
Mike Singletary
SS
Dave Duerson
CB
Mike Richardson


DE DT DT DE
Richard Dent William "Refrigerator" Perry Steve McMichael Dan Hampton
CB
Vestee Jackson
Reggie Phillips
Offensive Starters
WR
Willie Gault
LT LG C RG RT
Jimbo Covert Mark Bortz Jay Hilgenberg Tom Thayer Keith Van Horne
TE
Emery Moorehead
WR
Keith Ortego
QB
Jim McMahon
Mike Tomczak
RB
Walter Payton
FB
Matt Suhey
Special Teams
PK Kevin Butler
P Maury Buford
KR Thomas Sanders
PR Lew Barnes
LS Jay Hilgenberg
H Steve Fuller


PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
1 August 3, 1986 Dallas Cowboys W 17–6 Wembley Stadium 1–0
2 August 9, 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–13 Three Rivers Stadium 2–0
3 August 16, 1986 Indianapolis Colts W 38–21 Soldier Field 3–0
4 August 23, 1986 St. Louis Cardinals L 7–14 Soldier Field 3–1
5 August 30, 1986 Buffalo Bills W 31–17 Notre Dame Stadium 4–1

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 Cleveland Browns W 41–31
66,030
2 September 14, 1986 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–10
65,130
3 September 22, 1986 at Green Bay Packers W 25–12
55,527
4 September 28, 1986 at Cincinnati Bengals W 44–7
55,146
5 October 5, 1986 Minnesota Vikings W 23–0
63,921
6 October 12, 1986 at Houston Oilers W 20–7
46,026
7 October 19, 1986 at Minnesota Vikings L 23–7
62,851
8 October 26, 1986 Detroit Lions W 13–7
62,064
9 November 3, 1986 Los Angeles Rams L 20–17
64,877
10 November 9, 1986 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–3
70,097
11 November 16, 1986 at Atlanta Falcons W 13–10
55,520
12 November 23, 1986 Green Bay Packers W 12–10
59,291
13 November 30, 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10
61,425
14 December 7, 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 48–14
52,746
15 December 15, 1986 at Detroit Lions W 16–13
75,602
16 December 21, 1986 at Dallas Cowboys W 24–10
57,256

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Browns 7 7 7 10 31
• Bears 21 3 7 10 41

[3]

Week 2: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
by Quarter1234

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Total
Eagles 3 0 0 7

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10
Bears 0 0 10 0

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13

Week 12: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
by Quarter1234 Total
Packers 0 0 3 7 10
Bears 2 7 0 3 12

Week 15: at Detroit LionsEdit

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 3 0 13 16
Lions 3 3 7 0 13

Week 16: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 7 14 3 0 24
Cowboys 0 0 0 10 10

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 3, 1987 Washington Redskins L 27–13
65,141

Game summaryEdit

NFC Divisional Playoff: Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 0 7 13

27

Bears 0 13 0 0

13

at Soldier Field, Chicago

  • Date: January 3, 1987
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 33 °F (0.6 °C), wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)
  • Boxscore [1]
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – George Rogers 1 yard run (Jess Atkinson kick) Redskins 21-13
  • WAS – Jessie Atkinson 35 yard field goal. Redskins 24-13
  • WAS – Jessie Atkinson 25 yard field goal. Redskins 27-13

Redskins

  • Jay Schroeder. 15–32, 185 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int
  • Art Monk. 5 rec, 81 yards, 2 TD

Bears

  • Doug Flutie. 11–31, 134 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int
  • Walter Payton. 14 rush, 38 yards.

Turnovers:

  • Redskins – 1
  • Bears – 4

The 1986 Bears earned a first round playoff bye, but in their opening playoff game, they were upset at home by the Washington Redskins. A holding penalty and a missed field goal by Kevin Butler frustrated the Bears in the first quarter. They still, however, managed to take a 13–7 lead into halftime. But their usually stout defense fell apart in the second half, allowing the Redskins to score 20 unanswered points.

“Maybe my dreams didn’t come true“, said Chicago Coach Mike Ditka. “The defense has to play outstanding and today they were just not up to the way the Redskins were playing.”

Despite injuries to Redskins offensive linemen Joe Jacoby and Russ Grimm, the Washington offensive line was able to pick up the Bears patented blitzes. Washington quarterback Jay Schroeder was sacked only twice. He was also able to use the blitzes to his advantage, completing passes while being chased out of the pocket.

Trailing 14–13 in the 4th quarter, the Bears good fortune ran out, when the usually dependable Payton lost a fumble, which led to an 83-yard touchdown drive by the Redskins. The long drive perpetrated against the NFL’s best defense seemed to take the wind out of the Bears' sails. A few minutes later, the Bears muffed a punt return which set up an easy field goal for the Redskins. The Bears lost 27–13.

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 14 2 0 .875 352 187 W7
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 398 273 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 277 326 L4
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 254 418 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 239 473 L7
[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1986 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1986/probowl.htm.
  2. The Best Show in Football: The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p. 294, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jun-06.
  4. (PDF) 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book. National Football League. p. 382. http://www.nfl.info/download/2010%20NFL%20Record%20and%20Fact%20Book.pdf. Retrieved February 22, 2011.

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