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1996 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Dave Wannstedt
Home Field Soldier Field
Results
Record 7–9
Place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1996 Chicago Bears season was their 77th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). They failed to improve on their 9-7 record from 1995 and finished with a 7–9 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt. It was the team's first losing season since 1993 when it was Wannstedt's first season.

OffseasonEdit

Additions Subtractions
LB Bryan Cox (Dolphins) K Kevin Butler (Cardinals)
QB Dave Krieg (Cardinals) WR Jeff Graham (Jets)
TE Kerry Cash (Raiders) CB Jeremy Lincoln (Rams)
K Jeff Jaeger (Raiders)

NFL draftEdit

1996 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Walt Harris *  Cornerback Mississippi State
2 52 Bobby Engram  Wide receiver Penn State
4 116 Paul Grasmanis  Defensive tackle Notre Dame
5 152 Chris Villarrial  Guard Indiana (PA)
6 187 Jon Clark  Offensive tackle Temple
7 233 Marcus Keyes  Defensive tackle North Alabama
7 253 Michael Hicks  Running back South Carolina State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

1996 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Chris Maritn Cornerback Northwestern
Bobby Neely Tight end Virginia

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1996 Chicago Bears staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Ed McCaskey
  • President and Chief Executive Officer – Michael McCaskey
  • Vice President of Operations – Ted Phillips
  • Director of Player Personnel – Rod Graves
  • Director of Research and Quality Control – Craig Ver Steeg

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Ron Turner
  • Running Backs – Willie Peete
  • Wide Receivers – Ivan Fears
  • Tight Ends – Ted Plumb
  • Offensive Line – Tony Wise
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Bob Slowik
  • Defensive Line – Clarence Brooks
  • Defensive Backs – Carlos Mainord
  • Defensive Assistant – Greg Schiano

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength Coordinator – Clyde Emrich
  • Physical Development Coordinator – Russ Riederer
  • Assistant Physical Development Coordinator – Steve Little

[2]

RosterEdit

1996 Chicago Bears roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

[3]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time TV Announcers Attendance
1 September 2, 1996 Dallas Cowboys W 22–6 ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
66,944
2 September 8, 1996 at Washington Redskins L 10–3 FOX 12:00pm Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
52,711
3 September 15, 1996 Minnesota Vikings L 20–14 FOX 12:00pm Mike Breen & Bill Maas
61,301
4 September 22, 1996 at Detroit Lions L 35–16 FOX 3:00pm Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville
70,022
5 September 29, 1996 Oakland Raiders W 19–17 NBC 12:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
57,062
6 October 6, 1996 Green Bay Packers L 37–6 FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
65,480
7 October 13, 1996 at New Orleans Saints L 27–24 FOX 12:00pm Mike Breen & Bill Maas
43,512
8 Bye
9 October 28, 1996 at Minnesota Vikings W 15–13 ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
58,143
10 November 3, 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 13–10 FOX 12:00pm Kenny Albert & Tim Green
58,727
11 November 10, 1996 at Denver Broncos L 17–12 FOX 3:00pm Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville
75,555
12 November 17, 1996 at Kansas City Chiefs L 14–10 FOX 12:00pm Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
76,752
13 November 24, 1996 Detroit Lions W 31–14 FOX 12:00pm Kenny Albert & Tim Green
55,864
14 December 1, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 28–17 FOX 12:00pm Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
59,682
15 December 8, 1996 St. Louis Rams W 35–9 FOX 12:00pm Thom Brennaman & Ron Pitts
45,075
16 December 14, 1996 San Diego Chargers W 27–14 NBC 3:00pm Charlie Jones & Randy Cross
49,763
17 December 22, 1996 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 34–19 FOX 12:00pm Thom Brennaman & Ron Pitts
51,572

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 456 210
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 298 315
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 283 305
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 221 293
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 302 368

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1996 Chicago Bears draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/1996_draft.htm. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. "Club directory". Chicago Bears 1996 Media Guide. p. 2.
  3. "1996 Chicago Bears starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/1996_roster.htm. Retrieved November 26, 2014.

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