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1997 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Dave Wannstedt
Home Field Soldier Field
Results
Record 4–12
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1997 Chicago Bears season was their 78th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). The club posted a 4–12 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt. It was the club's first 4-win season since the club posted a 4–10 record in 1975. The team allowed a franchise-record 421 points in 1997.[1]

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

1997 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 38 John Allred  Tight end USC
3 69 Bob Sapp  Guard Washington
4 105 Darnell Autry  Running back Northwestern
4 108 Marcus Robinson  Wide receiver South Carolina
5 141 Van Hiles  Defensive back Kentucky
6 196 Shawn Swayda  Defensive end Arizona State
6 200 Richard Hogans  Linebacker Memphis
6 201 Ricky Parker  Defensive back San Diego State
7 210 Mike Miano  Defensive tackle Missouri State
7 233 Marvin Thomas  Defensive end Memphis
      Made roster  

[2]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 Chicago Bears staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Ed McCaskey
  • President and Chief Executive Officer – Michael McCaskey
  • Vice President of Operations – Ted Phillips
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Mark Hatley
  • Director of College Scouting – Bill Rees
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Rick Spielman
  • Director of Research and Quality Control – Eric Studesville

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Matt Cavanaugh
  • 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

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Russ Riederer
  • Assistant Physical Development Coordinator – Steve Little

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RosterEdit

1997 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

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 1, 1997 at Green Bay Packers L 38–24 ABC 8:00pm
60,766
2 September 7, 1997 Minnesota Vikings L 27–24 FOX 12:00pm
59,263
3 September 14, 1997 Detroit Lions L 32–7 FOX 12:00pm
59,147
4 September 21, 1997 at New England Patriots L 31–3 FOX 12:00pm
59,873
5 September 28, 1997 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–3 FOX 3:00pm
64,082
6 October 5, 1997 New Orleans Saints L 20–17 TNT 7:15pm
58,865
7 October 12, 1997 Green Bay Packers L 24–23 FOX 12:00pm
62,212
8 Bye
9 October 27, 1997 at Miami Dolphins W 36–33 ABC 8:00pm
73,156
10 November 2, 1997 Washington Redskins L 31–8 FOX 12:00pm
53,052
11 November 9, 1997 at Minnesota Vikings L 29–22 FOX 12:00pm
63,443
12 November 16, 1997 New York Jets L 23–15 NBC 3:00pm
45,642
13 November 23, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 13–7 FOX 12:00pm
43,955
14 November 27, 1997 at Detroit Lions L 55–20 FOX 11:30am
77,904
15 December 7, 1997 Buffalo Bills W 20–3 NBC 12:00pm
39,784
16 December 14, 1997 at St. Louis Rams W 13–10 ESPN 7:15pm
66,030
17 December 21, 1997 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–15 FOX 12:00pm
70,930

StandingsEdit

Template:1997 NFC Central standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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