1996 Chicago Bears season

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1996 Chicago Bears season
Head coach Dave Wannstedt
Home field Soldier Field
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1995 1997 >

The 1996 Chicago Bears season was their 77th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). The club posted a 7–9 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt. It was the club's first losing season since 1993 when it was Wannstedt's first season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1996 NFL draft
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

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

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

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Roster[edit]

1996 Chicago Bears roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 2, 1996 Dallas Cowboys W 22–6 ABC 8:00pm
66,944
2 September 8, 1996 at Washington Redskins L 10–3 FOX 12:00pm
52,711
3 September 15, 1996 Minnesota Vikings L 20–14 FOX 12:00pm
61,301
4 September 22, 1996 at Detroit Lions L 35–16 FOX 3:15pm
70,022
5 September 29, 1996 Oakland Raiders W 19–17 NBC 12:00pm
57,062
6 October 6, 1996 Green Bay Packers L 37–6 FOX 12:00pm
65,480
7 October 13, 1996 at New Orleans Saints L 27–24 FOX 12:00pm
43,512
8 Bye
9 October 28, 1996 at Minnesota Vikings W 15–13 ABC 8:00pm
58,143
10 November 3, 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 13–10 FOX 12:00pm
58,727
11 November 10, 1996 at Denver Broncos L 17–12 FOX 3:15pm
75,555
12 November 17, 1996 at Kansas City Chiefs L 14–10 FOX 12:00pm
76,752
13 November 24, 1996 Detroit Lions W 31–14 FOX 12:00pm
55,864
14 December 1, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 28–17 FOX 12:00pm
59,682
15 December 8, 1996 St. Louis Rams W 35–9 FOX 12:00pm
45,075
16 December 14, 1996 San Diego Chargers W 27–14 NBC 3:15pm
49,763
17 December 22, 1996 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 34–19 FOX 12:00pm
51,572

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 456 210 W5
(6) Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 298 315 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 283 305 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 221 293 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 302 368 L5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 Chicago Bears draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 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. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 

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