The franchise was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919, and moved to Chicago in 1921. It is one of only two remaining franchises from the NFL's founding in 1920, along with the Arizona Cardinals, which was originally also in Chicago. The Bears have won one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.
The Bears finished bottom of the NFC North last season with a record of 3-13, which isn't surprising really, given the lack of talent across this team. Last year Jay Cutler retired, and then came out of retirement to join the Miami Dolphins. The NFL was shocked when the Bears traded up to move just one place from 3rd to 2nd in the draft. What was more surprising was that they then spent the pick on QB Mitchell Trubisky, after having just spent a lot of money on Mike Glennon. The future of Head Coach John Fox and the GM will be tied to the success of Trubisky. No pressure rookie.
Head Coach: John Fox
Chicago's record this season is secondary to its quarterback competition. Mike Glennon is supposed to be the one-year bridge to Mitchell Trubisky. However, the Bears will be best served by starting the rookie and allowing him to grow as the face of the franchise. Trubisky's starting will signal one of two things. Either he performed so well during preseason, the coaching staff couldn't ignore his work. Or, Glennon is benched. With or without April's second overall pick at the helm, the Bears are a better team today than last season.
No one is expecting much from the Bears this year. The quicker Trubisky can beat Mike Glenoon to the starting job, the quicker the Bears will find out if they've found the answer at QB. Glennon isn't the long term answer. He's a good backup QB, but that's about it. The problem for either QB is that there isn't much of a supporting cast in Chicago to help them out. Star wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey left in the offseason to the Eagles, meaning there aren't any recognisable names at receiver. At least they'll have a good running game with Jordan Howard.
Chicago finished in the top 10 for pass defence last year, but they finished near the bottom for both rush yards and points allowed. The Bears have always seemed to have strong linebackers, and this years group isn't too shaby either, with Leonard Floyd, Danny Trevathan and Willie Young all good starters. In the secondary, the pressure will be on corner Prince Amukamara to produce. One player to watch out for is rookie Eddie Jackson. A ball-hawking safety who would have been drafted a lot higher than the 4th round had it not been for his injury.
Jordan Howard, RB
Every year there's a player who comes out of nowhere to become a superstar. Last season it was the turn of former Indiana rookie running back Jordan Howard. Howard was a 5th rounder who most people had never heard of. He wasn't expected to start, but went on to run for over 1,300 yards and 6 touchdowns, earning himself a trip to the pro bowl in his rookie season.
Howard is a bigger back at over 6ft 1" tall. He has a great combination of size, speed, and power. He possesses a never say die attitude and always finishes off his runs with a purpose. He's become the shining light on a roster that's lacking much firepower. The Bears will be riding on his back all year again with so much uncertainty surrounding their QB situation.
Other notable players: QB - Mitchell Trubisky (R). TE - Zach Miller. G - Kyle Long. OLB - Leonard Floyd. MLB - Danny Travathan. CB - Prince Amukamara.
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Soldier Field opened in 1924 and the Chicago Bears moved there in 1971. In 2016, Soldier Field became the second-oldest stadium in the league when the LA Rams began playing temporarily at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which opened a year earlier than Soldier Field.
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Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Known as the "Windy City", it's famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
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NFL Western - 2
NFC Champions - 2
NFL Western - 8
1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946
NFC Central - 7
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001
NFC North - 3
2005, 2006, 2010
Playoff Appearances - 26
1932, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 744 Losses: 568 Ties: 42
Wins: 17 Losses: 18
Wins: 761 Losses: 586 Ties: 42
Hall of Famers - 27
George Halas, Founder/Owner/Coach - Class of 1963
Bronko Nagurski, FB - Class of 1963
Harold Grange, HB - Class of 1963
Ed Healey, T - Class of 1964
William Lyman, T - Class of 1964
George Trafton, C - Class of 1964
John Driscoll, QB - Class of 1965
Dan Fortmann, G - Class of 1965
Sid Luckman, QB - Class of 1965
George McAfee, HB - Class of 1966
Clyde Turner, C/LB - Class of 1966
Joe Stydahar, T - Class of 1967
Bill Hewitt, E - Class of 1971
Bill George, LB - Class of 1974
George Connor, T/LB - Class of 1975
Gale Sayers, HB - Class of 1977
Dick Butkus, LB - Class of 1979
George Blanda, QB - Class of 1981
Doug Atkins, DE - Class of 1982
George Musso, T/G - Class of 1982
Mike Ditka, TE - Class of 1988
Stan Jones, T - Class of 1991
Walter Payton, HB - Class of 1993
Jim Finks, GM - Class of 1995
Mike Singletary, LB - Class of 1998
Dan Hampton, DE - Class of 2002
Richard Dent, DE - Class of 2011