1983 Chicago Bears season

The 1983 Chicago Bears season was their 64th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–8 record under second year head coach Mike Ditka, but missed postseason play. Jim McMahon was the quarterback, who completed 175 of 295 pass attempts. The Bears 1983 NFL Draft class was ranked #3 in NFL Top 10's greatest draft classes.[3]

1983 Chicago Bears season
Chicago Bears logo
Head coachMike Ditka
(2nd season)
General managerJim Finks
OwnerThe McCaskey Family
(Family control since 1921; Virginia McCaskey since 1983)
Home fieldSoldier Field
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

1983 NFL Draft

1983 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Jim Covert *  Offensive tackle Pittsburgh
1 18 Willie Gault  Wide receiver Tennessee
2 33 Mike Richardson  Cornerback Arizona State
3 64 Dave Duerson *  Safety Notre Dame
4 91 Tom Thayer  Center Notre Dame
4 107 Pat Dunsmore  Tight end Drake
8 203 Richard Dent   Defensive end Tennessee State
8 219 Mark Bortz *  Guard Iowa
9 230 Rob Fada  Guard Pittsburgh
9 235 Mark Zavagnin  Linebacker Notre Dame
10 256 Anthony Hutchison  Running back Texas Tech
11 286 Gary Worthy  Running back Wilmington (OH)
12 313 Oliver Williams  Wide receiver Illinois
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Preseason

The Bears were predicted to finish 7–9 and fourth in the division by Paul Zimmerman. Their prized new weapon would be Willie Gault, Dennis McKinnon (signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bears in 1983) and Jimbo Covert would help open bigger holes for Walter Payton but it was felt they were a few offensive lineman and a tight end away from being effective. The defense would be led by All-Pro Dan Hampton and new defensive backs Mike Richardson and Dave Duerson.[4] The Bears started 1983 by losing 7 of their first 10, but won 5 of their last 6 to finish 8–8. The Bears would go 71–18 in regular season games from November 13, 1983, through October 2, 1989.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
1 August 6, 1983 Buffalo Bills W 27–17 Soldier Field 1–0
2 August 13, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–27 Busch Stadium 1–1
3 August 20, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders W 27–21 L.A. Memorial Coliseum 2–1
4 August 27, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 Soldier Field 3–1

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
60,165
2 September 11, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10
58,186
3 September 18, 1983 at New Orleans Saints L 34–31
64,692
4 September 25, 1983 at Baltimore Colts L 22–19
34,350
5 October 2, 1983 Denver Broncos W 31–14
58,210
6 October 9, 1983 Minnesota Vikings L 23–14
59,632
7 October 16, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 31–17
66,709
8 October 23, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 7–6
45,263
9 October 30, 1983 Detroit Lions L 38–17
58,764
10 November 6, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–14
53,010
11 November 13, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–14
47,524
12 November 20, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–0
36,816
13 November 27, 1983 San Francisco 49ers W 13–3
40,483
14 December 4, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 31–28
51,147
15 December 11, 1983 at Minnesota Vikings W 19–13
57,880
16 December 18, 1983 Green Bay Packers W 23–21
35,807

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions(3) 9 7 0 .563 7–1 8–4 347 286 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 429 439 L1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 311 301 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 4–4 4–8 316 348 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 241 380 L3

Game summaries

Week 2

CHI: Mike Hartenstine 2.0 sacks, Terry Schmidt INT

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers

Week 15

1 234Total
• Bears 10 603 19
Vikings 6 070 13

[5]

Week 16

1 234Total
Packers 7 707 21
Bears 7 079 23

Roster and staff

Staff

Coaching Staff of 1983 season

Front office

Coaches

 

Position coaches

Trainers

  • Brian McCaskey – Assistant trainer
  • Clyde EmrichWeightlifting/Strength
 

Scouts

Roster

Complete Roster of 1983 season

Quarterbacks

Offensive backs

Receivers

Tight ends

 

Kickers

Offensive line

Defensive line

 

Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Defensive backs

Safeties

 

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics

Depth chart

Defense
FS
Gary Fencik
Dave Duerson
WLB MLB SLB
Al Harris Mike Singletary Otis Wilson
SS
Todd Bell
CB
Mike Richardson
DE DT DT DE
Dan Hampton Steve McMichael Jim Osborne Mike Hartenstine
CB
Leslie Frazier
Offense
WR
Willie Gault
LT LG C RG RT
Jimbo Covert Noah Jackson Dan Neal Kurt Becker Keith Van Horne
Jay Hilgenberg
TE
Emery Moorehead
WR
Ken Margerum
QB
Jim McMahon
Vince Evans
RB
Walter Payton
FB
Matt Suhey
Special Teams
PK Bob Thomas
P Bob Parsons
KR Anthony Hutchison
PR Dennis McKinnon

References

  1. ^ "1983 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "1983 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "NFLs top 10 draft classes in league history". National Football League. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  4. ^ Sports Illustrated. 1 Sept 1983
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Mar-02.

External links

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Buccaneers Bears
2 Buccaneers 20-yard field goal by Bill Capece 3 0
2 Bears Walter Payton 73-yard touchdown reception from Jim McMahon, Bob Thomas kick good 3 7
2 Bears 50-yard field goal by Bob Thomas 3 10
3 Buccaneers James Owens 1-yard touchdown run, Bob Capece kick good 10 10
4 Bears Terry Schmidt 32-yard interception return, Bob Thomas kick good 10 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 10 17
Scoring summary
Q1MINBenny Ricardo 30 yard field goalMIN 3–0
Q1MINBenny Ricardo 29 yard field goalMIN 6–0
Q1CHIWalter Payton 74 yard pass from Matt Suhey (Bob Thomas kick)CHI 7–6
Q1CHIBob Thomas 42 yard field goalCHI 10–6
Q2CHIEmery Moorehead 2 yard pass from Jim McMahon (kick failed)CHI 17–6
Q3MINTed Brown 1 yard run (Benny Ricardo kick)CHI 19–13
Q4CHIBob Thomas 22 yard field goalCHI 19–13
Scoring summary
1BearsWillie Gault 35-yard pass from Jim McMahon (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 7–0
1PackersLynn Dickey 1-yard run (Jan Stenerud kick)Tie 7–7
2PackersJames Lofton 31-yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)Packers 14–7
3BearsDennis McKinnon 22-yard pass from Jim McMahon (Bob Thomas kick)Tie 14–14
4BearsJim McMahon 6-yard run (run failed)Bears 20–14
4PackersPaul Coffman 5-yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)Packers 21–20
4BearsBob Thomas 22-yard field goalBears 23–21
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