1969 Chicago Bears Season
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1969 Chicago Bears Season
1969 Chicago Bears season
Head coachJim Dooley
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record1-13
Division place4th Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1969 Chicago Bears season was their 50th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 1-13 record, the worst in franchise history.[1] This occurred despite the exploits of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, who had torn the ligaments in his right knee in November 1968.[2][3] After surgery, he went through a physical rehabilitation program with the help of teammate Brian Piccolo. In 1969, Sayers led the league in rushing once again with 1,032 yards,[1] but lacked his previous speed, and averaged only 4.4 yards per carry.

An already poor season was compounded in late November. Undersized fullback Piccolo had scored a touchdown in each of his final three games (November 2, 9, 16),[4][5][6][7] but a persistent cough was diagnosed as cancer and he underwent chest surgery;[8][9] he succumbed to the disease seven months later at age 26.[10][11][12]

Offseason

Draft

1969 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Rufus Mayes  OT Ohio State
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster

Preseason

On August 30, a crowd of 85,532 fans viewed a doubleheader at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. In the first contest, the Bears played the AFL's Buffalo Bills,[13] while the Cleveland Browns hosted the Green Bay Packers in the second match.[14][15][16]

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 21 at Green Bay Packers L 0-17 0-1
50,861
2 September 28 at St. Louis Cardinals L 17-20 0-2
50,039
3 October 5 at New York Giants L 24-28 0-3
62,583
4 October 12 Minnesota Vikings L 0-31 0-4
45,757
5 October 19 at Detroit Lions L 7-13 0-5
54,732
6 October 26 Los Angeles Rams L 7-9 0-6
45,985
7 November 2 at Minnesota Vikings L 14-31 0-7
47,900
8 November 9 Pittsburgh Steelers W 38-7 1-7
45,851
9 November 16 at Atlanta Falcons L 31-48 1-8
53,722
10 November 23 Baltimore Colts L 21-24 1-9
45,455
11 November 30 Cleveland Browns L 24-28 1-10
45,050
12 December 6 ^ at San Francisco 49ers L 21-42 1-11
32,826
13 December 14 Green Bay Packers L 3-21 1-12
45,216
14 December 21 Detroit Lions L 3-20 1-13
41,879
^ Saturday (December 6)

Standings

NFL Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 6-0 9-1 379 133 L1
Detroit Lions 9 4 1 .692 3-3 6-3-1 259 188 W2
Green Bay Packers 8 6 0 .571 3-3 5-5 269 221 W2
Chicago Bears 1 13 0 .071 0-6 0-10 210 339 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References

  1. ^ a b "Lions win; clinch 3rd in West". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. December 22, 1969. p. 2, part 2.
  2. ^ "Bears beat 49ers, 27-19, but lose Sayers for year". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. November 11, 1968. p. 1, part 2.
  3. ^ "Bears down 49ers, 27-19, but lose Sayers for season". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. November 11, 1968. p. 12, part 2.
  4. ^ "Bears errors help Vikings keep lead". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. November 3, 1969. p. 13, part 2.
  5. ^ "Bears end famine by routing Steelers". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press dispatches. November 10, 1969. p. 15, part 2.
  6. ^ Sell, Jack (November 10, 1969). "Steelers 'good' for what ails Bears, 38-7". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 28.
  7. ^ "Falcons set scoring record of 48 points in rout of Bears". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. November 17, 1969. p. 16, part 2.
  8. ^ "Cowboys' Morton to undergo surgery". Milwaukee Sentinel. press dispatches. November 25, 1969. p. 1, part 2.
  9. ^ "Operate on Piccolo". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. November 29, 1968. p. 3, part 2.
  10. ^ "Cancer fatal to Piccolo of Bears at 26". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. June 16, 1970. p. 13, part 2.
  11. ^ "Brian Piccolo is dead at 26". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 17, 1970. p. 19.
  12. ^ "Sayers, Halas praise Piccolo's courage". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 17, 1970. p. 1-part 2.
  13. ^ Bledsoe, Terry (August 31, 1969). "Bears beat Bills, 23-16". Milwaukee Journal. p. 2, sports.
  14. ^ "Packers given 4th billing in Browns' doubleheader". Milwaukee Journal. August 30, 1969. p. 14, part 2.
  15. ^ Bledsoe, Terry (August 31, 1969). "Packer rally beats Browns, 27-17". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, sports.
  16. ^ Rockin' the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.439, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0

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