2004 Chicago Bears season

The 2004 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their 7-9 record as they fell to a 5–11 record, under first-year head coach Lovie Smith. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel after the injury of starter Rex Grossman early on in the season. This was the team's eighth losing season in the past nine seasons.

According to statistics site Football Outsiders, the 2004 Bears had the third-worst offense, play-for-play, in their ranking history.[1] Chicago's 231 points and 3,816 offensive yards were dead-last in the league in 2004. Their team quarterback passer rating was 61.7 for the year, also last.

The Bears started four different quarterbacks in 2004 – Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, and Rex Grossman. Grossman (the only Bears quarterback who would average more than 200 yards passing per game in 2004) would eventually establish himself as the starter, and two seasons later, would lead the Bears to their second NFC Championship and an appearance in the Super Bowl.

2004 Chicago Bears season
Chicago Bears logo
Head coachLovie Smith
General managerJerry Angelo
OwnerThe McCaskey Family
Home fieldSoldier Field
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th NFC North
Playoff finishdid not qualify
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Green Bay at Chicago in week 17, January 2, 2005

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
QB Chad Hutchinson (Cowboys) QB Kordell Stewart (Ravens) T John Tait (Chiefs) G Ruben Brown (Bills) RB Thomas Jones (Buccaneers) DE Adewale Ogunleye (traded from Dolphins)
G Michael Keathley (Chargers) WR Marty Booker (traded to Dolphins) G Chris Villarrial (Bills)

2004 Draft

2004 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Tommie Harris *  DT Oklahoma
2 47 Tank Johnson  DT Washington
3 78 Bernard Berrian  WR Fresno State
4 110 Nathan Vasher *  CB Texas
4 112 Leon Joe  LB Maryland
5 147 Claude Harriott  DE Pittsburgh
5 148 Craig Krenzel  QB Ohio State
7 215 Alfonso Marshall  CB Miami (FL)
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster

2004 Chicago Bears final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Preseason

NOTE: The first and last pre-season games were broadcast on WMAQ-TV channel 5, but due to NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics, The second and third games were broadcast on WCIU-TV as WMAQ broadcast the Olympics.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Record
1 August 12, 2004 St. Louis Rams W 13 - 10 Edward Jones Dome NBC 5 1-0
2 August 21, 2004 San Francisco 49ers W 20 - 13 Candlestick Park WCIU 2-0
3 August 27, 2004 New Orleans Saints L 13 - 17 Mercedes-Benz Superdome WCIU 2-1
4 September 3, 2004 Cleveland Browns L 10 - 24 FirstEnergy Stadium NBC 5 2-2

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Record
1 September 12, 2004 Detroit Lions L 20–16 Soldier Field FOX 0–1
2 September 19, 2004 @ Green Bay Packers W 21–10 Lambeau Field FOX 1–1
3 September 26, 2004 @ Minnesota Vikings L 27–22 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX 1–2
4 October 3, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles L 19–9 Soldier Field FOX 1–3
5 Bye
6 October 17, 2004 Washington Redskins L 13–10 Soldier Field FOX 1–4
7 October 25, 2004 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 19–7 Raymond James Stadium FOX 1–5
8 October 31, 2004 San Francisco 49ers W 23–13 Soldier Field ESPN 2–5
9 November 7, 2004 @ New York Giants W 28–21 Giants Stadium FOX 3–5
10 November 14, 2004 @ Tennessee Titans W 19–17 OT The Coliseum FOX 4–5
11 November 21, 2004 Indianapolis Colts L 41–10 Soldier Field CBS 4–6
12 November 25, 2004 @ Dallas Cowboys L 21–7 Texas Stadium FOX 4–7
13 December 5, 2004 Minnesota Vikings W 24–14 Soldier Field FOX 5–7
14 December 12, 2004 @ Jacksonville Jaguars L 22–3 Alltel Stadium FOX 5–8
15 December 19, 2004 Houston Texans L 24–5 Soldier Field CBS 5–9
16 December 26, 2004 @ Detroit Lions L 19–13 Ford Field FOX 5–10
17 January 2, 2005 Green Bay Packers L 31–14 Soldier Field FOX 5–11

Week 1: vs Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 10 7 20
Bears 7 0 0 9 16

Scoring Summary

Q1 – CHI – 7:38 – Thomas Jones 2 yd TD run (Paul Edinger kick) (CHI 7–0)

Q2 – DET – 0:16 – Jason Hanson 27 yd FG (CHI 7–3)

Q3 – DET – 12:17 – Bracy Walker 92 yd blocked FG return TD (Hanson kick) (DET 10–7)

Q3 – DET – 7:37 – Jason Hanson 21 yd FG (DET 13–7)

Q4 – CHI – 12:40 – Thomas Jones 2 yd TD run (Edinger kick) (CHI 14–13)

Q4 – DET – 9:54 – 4 yd TD pass from Joey Harrington to Az-Zahir Hakim (Hanson kick) (DET 20–14)

Q4 – CHI – 1:53 – Safety, Nick Harris ran out of bounds in own end zone (DET 20–16)

Week 2: at Green Bay Packers

at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 7 0 21
Packers 3 0 7 0 10

Scoring summary

Q1 – GB – 9:02 – Ryan Longwell 25 yd FG (GB 3–0)

Q2 – CHI – 7:40 – 11 yd TD pass from Rex Grossman to Bryan Johnson (Paul Edinger kick) (CHI 7–3)

Q2 – CHI – 1:44 – Mike Brown 95 yd fumble return TD (Edinger kick) (CHI 14–3)

Q3 – CHI – 11:31 – Thomas Jones 1 yd TD run (Edinger kick) (CHI 21–3)

Q3 – GB – 1:46 – 18 yd TD pass from Brett Favre to Robert Ferguson (Longwell kick) (CHI 21–10)

Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings

at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 3 0 16 22
Vikings 0 10 7 10 27

Scoring summary

Q1 – CHI – 8:08 – Paul Edinger 34 yd FG (CHI 3–0)

Q2 – CHI – 13:41 – Paul Edinger 23 yd FG (CHI 6–0)

Q2 – MIN – 8:57 – 3 yd TD pass from Daunte Culpepper to Randy Moss (Morten Andersen kick) (MIN 7–6)

Q2 – MIN – 5:09 – Morten Andersen 42 yd FG (MIN 10–6)

Q3 – MIN – 10:58 – Daunte Culpepper 1 yd TD run (Andersen kick) (MIN 17–6)

Q4 – CHI – 14:46 – Paul Edinger 32 yd FG (MIN 17–9)

Q4 – MIN – 11:20 – Morten Andersen 24 yd FG (MIN 20–9)

Q4 – CHI – 6:20 – Thomas Jones 1 yd TD run (2 pt conversion failed) (MIN 20–15)

Q4 – MIN – 5:39 – 2 yd TD pass from Daunte Culpepper to Randy Moss (Andersen kick) (MIN 27–15)

Q4 – CHI – 2:00 – Rex Grossman 6 yd TD run (Edinger kick) (MIN 27–22)

Week 4: vs Philadelphia Eagles

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 13 3 0 19
Bears 0 3 0 6 9

Scoring summary

Q1 – PHI – 5:00 – David Akers 51 yd FG (PHI 3–0)

Q2 – PHI – 10:59 – David Akers 42 yd FG (PHI 6–0)

Q2 – PHI – 6:03 – 11 yd TD pass from Donovan McNabb to Terrell Owens (Akers kick) (PHI 13–0)

Q2 – PHI – 1:57 – David Akers 42 yd FG (PHI 16–0)

Q2 – CHI – 0:06 – Paul Edinger 25 yd FG (PHI 16–3)

Q3 – PHI – 4:41 – David Akers 40 yd FG (PHI 19–3)

Q4 – CHI – 3:57 – 2 yd TD pass from Jonathan Quinn to Bryan Johnson (2 pt conversion failed) (PHI 19–9)

Week 6: vs Washington Redskins

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 7 0 3 13
Bears 0 7 0 3 10

Scoring summary

Q1 – WAS – 5:41 – Ola Kimrin 41 yd FG (WAS 3–0)

Q2 – WAS – 14:53 – 18 yd TD pass from Mark Brunell to Rod Gardner (Kimrin kick) (WAS 10–0)

Q2 – CHI – 5:36 – Jerry Azumah 70 yd interception return TD (Paul Edinger kick) (WAS 10–7)

Q4 – WAS – 11:13 – Ola Kimrin 26 yd FG (WAS 13–7)

Q4 – CHI – 5:10 – Paul Edinger 46 yd FG (WAS 13–10)

Week 7: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 7 0 7
Buccaneers 0 10 3 6 19

Scoring summary

Q2 – TB – 13:25 – Martín Gramática 22 yd FG (TB 3–0)

Q2 – TB – 0:48 – 6 yd TD pass from Brian Griese to Michael Clayton (Gramática kick) (TB 10–0)

Q3 – TB – 12:23 – Martín Gramática 22 yd FG (TB 13–0)

Q3 – CHI – 3:45 – Thomas Jones 1 yd TD run (Paul Edinger kick) (TB 13–7)

Q4 – TB – 8:52 – Michael Pittman 3 yd TD run (2 pt conversion failed) (TB 19–7)

Week 8: vs San Francisco 49ers

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 10 3 0 0 13
Bears 7 6 0 10 23

Scoring summary

Q1 – CHI – 13:01 – 49 yd TD pass from Craig Krenzel to Bernard Berrian (Paul Edinger kick) (CHI 7–0)

Q1 – SF – 5:26 – Dwaine Carpenter 80 yd fumble return TD (Todd Peterson kick) (7–7)

Q1 – SF – 0:40 – Todd Peterson 48 yd FG (SF 10–7)

Q2 – CHI – 13:27 – Paul Edinger 52 yd FG (10–10)

Q2 – SF – 6:20 – Todd Peterson 51 yd FG (SF 13–10)

Q2 – CHI – 4:35 – Paul Edinger 45 yd FG (13–13)

Q4 – CHI – 13:59 – Paul Edinger 27 yd FG (CHI 16–13)

Q4 – CHI – 3:52 – Nathan Vasher 71 yd interception return TD (Edinger kick) (CHI 23–13)

Week 9: at New York Giants

at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 20 0 8 28
Giants 14 0 0 7 21

Scoring summary

Q1 – NYG – 8:03 – Tiki Barber 3 yd TD run (Steve Christie kick) (NYG 7–0)

Q1 – NYG – 3:54 – Tiki Barber 1 yd TD run (Christie kick) (NYG 14–0)

Q2 – CHI – 5:13 – 35 yd TD pass from Craig Krenzel to Bernard Berrian (Paul Edinger kick) (NYG 14–7)

Q2 – CHI – 2:35 – Anthony Thomas 4 yd TD run (Edinger kick) (14–14)

Q2 – CHI – 1:09 – Paul Edinger 22 yd FG (CHI 17–14)

Q2 – CHI – 0:00 – Paul Edinger 21 yd FG (CHI 20–14)

Q4 – CHI – 7:44 – Anthony Thomas 41 yd TD run (Craig Krenzel run for 2 pt conversion) (CHI 28–14)

Q4 – NYG – 1:56 – 1 yd TD pass from Kurt Warner to Jeremy Shockey (Christie kick) (CHI 28–21)

Week 10: at Tennessee Titans

at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 4OT Total
Bears 0 7 7 32 19
Titans 7 0 0 100 17

Scoring summary

Q1 – TEN – 2:17 – 29 yd TD pass from Billy Volek to Derrick Mason (Gary Anderson kick) (TEN 7–0)

Q2 – CHI – 0:18 – Michael Haynes 45 yd interception return TD (Paul Edinger kick) (7–7)

Q3 – CHI – 11:04 – R. W. McQuarters 75 yd punt return TD (Edinger kick) (CHI 14–7)

Q4 – TEN – 12:55 – Gary Anderson 33 yd FG (CHI 14–10)

Q4 – TEN – 6:00 – 47 yd TD pass from Billy Volek to Drew Bennett (Anderson kick) (TEN 17–14)

Q4 – CHI – 0:52 – Paul Edinger 29 yd FG (17–17)

OT – CHI – 11:43 – Safety, Fred Miller tackled in own end zone by Adewale Ogunleye (CHI 19–17)

Week 11: vs Indianapolis Colts

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 20 14 0 41
Bears 3 0 0 7 10

Scoring summary

Q1 – IND – 9:05 – 14 yd TD pass from Peyton Manning to Marcus Pollard (Mike Vanderjagt kick) (IND 7–0)

Q1 – CHI – 2:12 – Paul Edinger 51 yd FG (IND 7–3)

Q2 – IND – 14:04 – 35 yd TD pass from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne (Vanderjagt kick) (IND 14–3)

Q2 – IND – 10:56 – Mike Vanderjagt 34 yd FG (IND 17–3)

Q2 – IND – 5:41 – 10 yd TD pass from Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison (Vanderjagt kick) (IND 24–3)

Q2 – IND – 0:59 – Mike Vanderjagt 20 yd FG (IND 27–3)

Q3 – IND – 8:26 – 27 yd TD pass from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne (Vanderjagt kick) (IND 34–3)

Q3 – IND – 0:42 – Edgerrin James 11 yd TD run (Vanderjagt kick) (IND 41–3)

Q4 – CHI – 1:37 – 2 yd TD pass from Craig Krenzel to Dustin Lyman (Edinger kick) (IND 41–10)

Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys

at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 0 0 7
Cowboys 7 0 0 14 21

Scoring summary

Q1 – DAL – 10:43 – Julius Jones 33 yd TD run (Billy Cundiff kick) (DAL 7–0)

Q2 – CHI – 5:57 – R. W. McQuarters 45 yd interception return TD (Paul Edinger kick) (7–7)

Q4 – DAL – 11:07 – 5 yd TD pass from Vinny Testaverde to Darian Barnes (Cundiff kick) (DAL 14–7)

Q4 – DAL – 7:00 – Julius Jones 4 yd TD run (Cundiff kick) (DAL 21–7)

Week 13: vs Minnesota Vikings

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 0 0 14
Bears 7 10 0 7 24

Scoring summary

Q1 – CHI – 4:47 – 6 yd TD pass from Chad Hutchinson to Desmond Clark (Paul Edinger kick) (CHI 7–0)

Q1 – MIN – 1:19 – 4 yd TD pass from Daunte Culpepper to Nate Burleson (Morten Andersen kick) (7–7)

Q2 – CHI – 11:22 – Paul Edinger 53 yd FG (CHI 10–7)

Q2 – MIN – 2:23 – 40 yd TD pass from Daunte Culpepper to Marcus Robinson (Andersen kick) (MIN 14–10)

Q2 – CHI – 0:22 – 15 yd TD pass from Chad Hutchinson to David Terrell (Edinger kick) (CHI 17–14)

Q4 – CHI – 10:23 – 5 yd TD pass from Chad Hutchinson to Jason McKie (Edinger kick) (CHI 24–14)

Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars

at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 0 0 3
Jaguars 7 3 3 9 22

Scoring summary

Q1 – JAX – 3:18 – 6 yd TD pass from Byron Leftwich to Reggie Williams (Josh Scobee kick) (JAX 7–0)

Q2 – CHI – 1:44 – Paul Edinger 42 yd FG (JAX 7–3)

Q2 – JAX – 0:31 – Josh Scobee 30 yd FG (JAX 10–3)

Q3 – JAX – 5:36 – Josh Scobee 25 yd FG (JAX 13–3)

Q4 – JAX – 13:48 – Safety, Chad Hutchinson sacked in own end zone by Daryl Smith (JAX 15–3)

Q4 – JAX – 9:26 – 31 yd TD pass from Byron Leftwich to Jimmy Smith (Scobee kick) (JAX 22–3)

Week 15: vs Houston Texans

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 7 0 17 24
Bears 0 0 2 3 5

Scoring summary

Q2 – HOU – 0:27 – 37 yd TD pass from David Carr to Corey Bradford (Kris Brown kick) (HOU 7–0)

Q3 – CHI – 4:06 – Safety, intentional grounding by David Carr in own end zone (HOU 7–2)

Q4 – CHI – 14:09 – Paul Edinger 43 yd FG (HOU 7–5)

Q4 – HOU – 11:37 – Kris Brown 20 yd FG (HOU 10–5)

Q4 – HOU – 4:23 – Domanick Davis 11 yd TD run (Brown kick) (HOU 17–5)

Q4 – HOU – 2:37 – Charlie Anderson 60 yd fumble return TD (Brown kick) (HOU 24–5)

Week 16: at Detroit Lions

at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 6 7 13
Lions 3 13 0 3 19

Scoring summary

Q1 – DET – 3:06 – Jason Hanson 31 yd FG (DET 3–0)

Q2 – DET – 11:30 – Kevin Jones 1 yd TD run (Hanson kick) (DET 10–0)

Q2 – DET – 5:50 – Jason Hanson 39 yd FG (DET 13–0)

Q2 – DET – 0:00 – Jason Hanson 34 yd FG (DET 16–0)

Q3 – CHI – 3:40 – Lance Briggs 38 yd interception return TD (2 pt conversion failed) (DET 16–6)

Q4 – DET – 11:29 – Jason Hanson 40 yd FG (DET 19–6)

Q4 – CHI – 7:04 – 15 yd TD pass from Chad Hutchinson to Jason McKie (Paul Edinger kick) (DET 19–13)

Week 17: vs Green Bay Packers

at Soldier Field in Chicago

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 21 3 0 31
Bears 7 0 7 0 14

Scoring summary

Q1 – CHI – 12:54 – Thomas Jones 2 yd TD run (Paul Edinger kick) (CHI 7–0)

Q1 – GB – 3:22 – 17 yd TD pass from Brett Favre to Bubba Franks (Ryan Longwell kick) (7–7)

Q2 – GB – 13:16 – 38 yd TD pass from Brett Favre to William Henderson (Longwell kick) (GB 14–7)

Q2 – GB – 11:52 – Darren Sharper 43 yd interception return TD (Longwell kick) (GB 21–7)

Q2 – GB – 6:14 – 25 yd TD pass from Craig Nall to Javon Walker (Longwell kick) (GB 28–7)

Q3 – CHI – 5:48 – Thomas Jones 1 yd TD run (Edinger kick) (GB 28–14)

Q3 – GB – 0:41 – Ryan Longwell 20 yd FG (GB 31–14)

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 424 380 W2
(6) Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 405 395 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 296 350 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 231 331 L4

External links

References

  1. ^ Football Outsiders: 1992 DVOA Ratings and Commentary, from 1992–2011, "Previously, only two teams had pass offense DVOA below −45%: the 2005 49ers (−57.9%) and the 2004 Bears (−51.2%). The 1992 Seahawks had pass offense DVOA of -71.0%."
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