American Football Database
1999 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Dick Jauron
Home Field Soldier Field
Record 6–10
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1999 Chicago Bears season was their 80th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). On January 24, Dick Jauron was named head coach.[1] The club posted a 6–10 record under Jauron, who replaced Dave Wannstedt.

Quarterbacks Shane Matthews (1,645), Cade McNown (1,465) and Jim Miller (1,242) combined for 4,352 passing yards during the season, the most in franchise history.[2]


Additions Subtractions
T Blake Brockermeyer (Panthers) QB Erik Kramer (Chargers)
DT Shane Burton (Dolphins) T Andy Heck (Redskins)
S Chris Hudson (Jaguars)
QB Shane Matthews (Panthers)

Organizational changes

Head coach Dave Wannstedt was fired after the 1998 season, forcing the Bears to hire their second head coach in ten years. The candidates included offensive coordinators Sherman Lewis of the Green Bay Packers and Joe Pendry of the Buffalo Bills, defensive coordinators Dave McGinnis (Arizona Cardinals), Dick Jauron (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Gunther Cunningham (Kansas City Chiefs), while DC Jim Haslett (Pittsburgh Steelers) was interviewed. Minnesota Vikings OC Brian Billick and New York Jets DC Bill Belichick were also allowed to be interviewed by the team. McGinnis was considered the favorite, and was interviewed last; he would be approached by Bears president Michael McCaskey for contractual terms, with McGinnis stating he "needed some time and he would think about it." However, the next day, McCaskey scheduled a press conference to announce McGinnis as the head coach, despite not having been officially hired. As a result, the conference was canceled, and Jauron would instead be hired, while McCaskey would be replaced by Ted Phillips.[3]

NFL draft

1999 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 12 Cade McNown  Quarterback UCLA
2 48 Russell Davis  Defensive tackle North Carolina
3 66 Rex Tucker  Guard Texas A&M
3 71 D'Wayne Bates  Wide receiver Northwestern
3 78 Marty Booker *  Wide receiver Northeast Louisiana
4 106 Warrick Holdman  Linebacker Texas A&M
4 111 Rosevelt Colvin  Linebacker Purdue
5 143 Jerry Wisne  Offensive tackle Notre Dame
5 144 Khari Samuel  Linebacker Massachusetts
5 147 Jerry Azumah *  Running back New Hampshire
6 184 Rashard Cook  Defensive back USC
7 221 Sulecio Sanford  Wide receiver Middle Tennessee State
7 253 Jim Finn  Fullback Pennsylvania
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




1999 Chicago Bears staff
Front office
  • Chairman Emeritus – Ed McCaskey
  • Chairman of the Board – Michael McCaskey
  • Secretary – Virginia Halas McCaskey
  • President and CEO – Ted Phillips
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Mark Hatley
  • Director of College Scouting – Bill Rees
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Rick Spielman

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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



1999 Chicago Bears roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 CBS 12:00pm
2 September 19, 1999 Seattle Seahawks L 14–13 CBS 12:00pm
3 September 26, 1999 at Oakland Raiders L 24–17 FOX 3:15pm
4 October 3, 1999 New Orleans Saints W 14–10 FOX 12:00pm
5 October 10, 1999 at Minnesota Vikings W 24–22 FOX 12:00pm
6 October 17, 1999 Philadelphia Eagles L 20–16 FOX 12:00pm
7 October 24, 1999 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6–3 FOX 12:00pm
8 October 31, 1999 at Washington Redskins L 48–22 FOX 12:00pm
9 November 7, 1999 at Green Bay Packers W 14–13 FOX 3:15pm
10 November 14, 1999 Minnesota Vikings L 27–24 FOX 12:00pm
11 November 21, 1999 at San Diego Chargers W 23–20 FOX 3:05pm
12 November 25, 1999 at Detroit Lions L 21–17 FOX 11:30am
13 December 5, 1999 Green Bay Packers L 35–19 FOX 12:00pm
14 Bye
15 December 19, 1999 Detroit Lions W 28–10 FOX 12:00pm
16 December 26, 1999 at St. Louis Rams L 34–12 FOX 12:00pm
17 January 2, 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–6 FOX 12:00pm


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  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 108
  2. Mayer, Larry (December 26, 2013). "What have been biggest Bears-Packers games?". Chicago Bears. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  3. "Flashback #43: Dave McGinnis ‘Hiring’ (1999)". WBBM-TV. March 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  4. "1999 Chicago Bears draftees". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  5. "Club directory". Chicago Bears 1999 Media Guide. p. 3.
  6. "1999 Chicago Bears starters and roster". Retrieved November 24, 2014.

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