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1956 Chicago Bears (NFL) 1st place Western Conference 9-2-1 .818
Head Coach: Paddy Driscoll
Assistant CoachGeorge Connor
Assistant CoachPhil Handler
FullbacksHarry Jagade
Assistant CoachLuke Johnsos
QuarterbacksSid Luckman
Assistant CoachBulldog Turner
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/18/1956NChicago Cardinals31-7WJacksonville, FLGator Bowl22000
Fri8/24/1956APhiladelphia Eagles28-21WPhiladelphia, PAConnie Mack Stadium30011
Sat9/1/1956NWashington Redskins17-3WLittle Rock, ARWar Memorial Stadium16000
Sat9/8/1956APittsburgh Steelers21-10WPittsburgh, PAForbes Field22194
Sat9/15/1956NNew York Giants21-16WDallas, TXCotton Bowl25000
Fri9/21/1956HCleveland Browns14-24LChicago, ILWrigley Field56543
Sun9/30/1956ABaltimore Colts21-28LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium45221
Sun10/7/1956AGreen Bay Packers37-21WGreen Bay, WICity Stadium24668
Sun10/14/1956HSan Francisco 49ers31-7WChicago, ILWrigley Field47526
Sun10/21/1956HBaltimore Colts58-27WChicago, ILWrigley Field48364
Sun10/28/1956ASan Francisco 49ers38-21WSan Francisco, CAKezar Stadium53612
Sun11/4/1956ALos Angeles Rams35-24WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum69894
Sun11/11/1956HGreen Bay Packers38-14WChicago, ILWrigley Field49172
Sun11/18/1956HLos Angeles Rams30-21WChicago, ILWrigley Field48102
Sun11/25/1956ANew York Giants17-17TNew York, NYYankee Stadium55191
Sun12/2/1956ADetroit Lions10-42LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium57024
Sun12/9/1956HChicago Cardinals10-3WChicago, ILWrigley Field48606
Sun12/16/1956HDetroit Lions38-21WChicago, ILWrigley Field49086
Sun12/30/1956ANew York Giants7-47LNew York, NYYankee Stadium56836League Championship
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
81Doug AtkinsRDE-LDE6'825726Tennessee62
46Don BinghamDB-OHB6'018227Sul Ross State120
73Bill BishopRDT6'424825North Texas1211
16George BlandaQB-K-P6'121029Kentucky120
73M.L. BrackettRDT-LDE-MG6'524823Auburn122
15Ed BrownQB-P6'220928Hartnell JC; San Francisco1212
41Harland CarlLOH6'019225Wisconsin90
25J.C. CarolineLDH-LOH6'119023Illinois1212
35Rick CasaresFB-P6'222625Florida1212
22Jesse CasteteLS5'1117823McNeese State83
65Herman ClarkLOG6'325826Oregon State1212
43Jim DooleyLOE6'419826Miami (Florida)30
31Joe FortunatoRLB6'022526Virginia Military Institute; Mississippi State1212
61Bill GeorgeMG6'223727Wake Forest1212
62Kline GilbertROT6'223326Mississippi1212
14Ken GorgalLS6'220027Purdue64
11Jim HaluskaQB6'019024Wisconsin50
51Wayne HansenLLB6'223128Texas-El Paso1212
80John HelwigDB6'220829Notre Dame60
87Harlon HillLOE6'319924North Alabama1212
82Jack HoffmanLDE6'523426Xavier (Ohio)1212
89John HoffmanROH-LOH6'221531Arkansas1111
21Perry JeterLOH5'717825San Bernardino Valley JC; Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)72
78Stan JonesROG6'125225Maryland1111
54Dick KlawitterC6'727727South Dakota State51
83Bill McCollROE-ROH-LOH6'423026Stanford1210
86Ed MeadowsRDE6'222124Duke1210
76John MellekasLOT6'325523Arizona124
29McNeil MooreRS6'018823Rice; Sam Houston State118
67Tom RoggemanROG6'023525Purdue121
88Gene SchroederROE6'319227Virginia116
39J.D. SmithRS6'120524North Carolina A&T State63
20Ray Gene SmithRDH5'1018828Cameron JC; Midwestern State1212
55Larry StricklandC6'424825Tyler JC; North Texas1111
40Stan WallaceLS6'320825Illinois66
45Bobby WatkinsLOH5'919624Ohio State97
72Bill WightkinLOT6'223529Notre Dame128
75Fred WilliamsLDT6'424927Arkansas1212
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Tex Schriewer110ETexas
M.L. Brackett222TAuburn
John Mellekas447TArizona
Willie Galimore558BFlorida A&M
J.C. Caroline782BIllinois
Dick Klawitter895CSouth Dakota State
Ken Vargo9106COhio State
Dick Lucas10119EBoston College
John Jankans11130EArizona State
Buddy Cruze12143ETennessee
Dick Grogg13154GMinnesota
Milt Graham14167EColgate
Dick Fitzgerald15178BNotre Dame
Ray Brown16191BFlorida
Tom Adams17202EUCLA
Earl Payton18215BPrairie View A&M
John Smith19226BUCLA
Chuck Maxime20239GAuburn
Jimmy Waddell21250BCompton JC
Joe Billings22263TMemphis
Lou Holt23274EHoward Payne
Jesse Castete24287BMcNeese State
Jerry Hentschel25298TSam Houston State
Don Orr26311BVanderbilt
Waylon Buchannon27322ETexas A&M-Commerce
Bob Alexander28335BTrinity (Connecticut)
Billy Kreitemeyer29346BVanderbilt
Jim Buckler30358GAlabama
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals511239396
Opponents Totals31876662
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals244140921267553
Opponents Totals207801131460624
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rick Casares140000084
George Blanda0454795.7122842.9081
Harlon Hill110000066
J.C. Caroline40000024
Bill McColl40000024
Perry Jeter30000018
Bobby Watkins30000018
Ed Brown20000012
John Hoffman20000012
Don Bingham1000006
Harland Carl1000006
Joe Fortunato1000006
Gene Schroeder1000006
Team Totals47454795.7122842.90363
Opponents Totals34333497.131816.70246
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
George Blanda122842.94/4/3/1/0/
Team Totals122842.94/4/3/1/0/
Opponents Totals31816.72/0/0/1/0/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Rick Casares23411264.868t12
Perry Jeter603165.3512
Bobby Watkins682764.1252
John Hoffman562724.9392
Ed Brown401644.1311
J.C. Caroline341414.1262
Harland Carl29662.3121
George Blanda6477.8170
Don Bingham7365.1120
Harlon Hill22412.0120
Team Totals53624684.668t22
Opponents Totals38414833.914
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Ed Brown1689657.16016679.917.470t116.5127.1103156483.1
George Blanda693753.6284396.411.969t710.145.82141882.9
Bill McColl4125.017919.879.079t125.0250.0007979.2
Jim Haluska4125.0382.08.0800.000.000839.6
Harlon Hill100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Perry Jeter100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Rick Casares300.0200.000.0133.30000.0
Team Totals25013554.09621938.816.279t197.6197.6124206977.3
Opponents Totals33215947.915024137.315.2164.8236.9220219359.5
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Harlon Hill47112824.079t11
Bill McColl2432213.469t4
Rick Casares232038.8332
Gene Schroeder2031515.8321
John Hoffman78512.1350
Perry Jeter55210.4230
Jim Dooley44711.8150
Harland Carl23115.5200
Bobby Watkins231.56t1
Don Bingham177.070
Team Totals135219316.279t19
Opponents Totals159241315.216
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
J.C. Caroline618230.359t2
Ray Gene Smith49022.5410
McNeil Moore33010.0220
Joe Fortunato23015.027t1
Jesse Castete22613.0260
Bill George294.590
M.L. Brackett12424.0240
Wayne Hansen11111.0110
Fred Williams11111.0110
Stan Wallace177.070
Team Totals2342018.359t3
Opponents Totals1934318.11
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Ed Brown42164439.1531
Rick Casares15151.0510
George Blanda13333.0330
Team Totals44172839.353124333.8
Opponents Totals64255940.0195
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Don Bingham1370.570
Perry Jeter66611.051t1
Ray Gene Smith66510.8220
McNeil Moore3289.3250
J.C. Caroline22914.5160
Team Totals301956.551t1
Opponents Totals292438.41
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Don Bingham1744426.1100t1
Perry Jeter510521.0260
Harland Carl410225.5450
Rick Casares39531.7490
J.C. Caroline23216.0180
Bill McColl242.040
McNeil Moore11919.0190
Ray Gene Smith11616.0160
Stan Wallace11313.0130
Doug Atkins100.000
Team Totals3783022.4100t1
Opponents Totals47124926.61
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Don Bingham100000
George Blanda200000
M.L. Brackett00022140
Ed Brown320231
Harland Carl110100
J.C. Caroline0001100
Rick Casares520200
Joe Fortunato0002200
Bill George0003300
Wayne Hansen0002280
Jack Hoffman0001100
John Hoffman210100
Perry Jeter200000
Stan Jones0010100
John Mellekas0001120
McNeil Moore00011190
Gene Schroeder100000
J.D. Smith0000070
Larry Strickland0010100
Stan Wallace0001100
Bobby Watkins100000
Fred Williams0001100
Team Totals181081523531
Opponents Totals2415910190
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