1936 Chicago Bears season

The 1936 season was the Chicago Bears' 17th in the National Football League and 14th season under head coach George Halas. The team was able to improve on their 6–4–2 record from 1935 and finished with a 9–3 record. The team also finished in second place in the Western Division behind the Green Bay Packers. After week 10, the Bears were tied with the Packers in first place with identical 9–1 records, having split their season series. However, the club swooned at the end of the year, losing their last two games on the road to Detroit and the Cardinals. Green Bay went on to easily defeat the Boston Redskins and win the NFL title.

1936 Chicago Bears season
Head coachGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Division place2nd NFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify

1936 NFL DraftEdit

1936 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Joe Stydahar   Offensive tackle West Virginia
2 14 Ed Michaels  Offensive guard Villanova
3 24 George Roscoe  Back Minnesota
4 32 Bob Allman  Offensive end Michigan State
5 42 Vern Oech  Offensive guard Minnesota
6 50 Ted Christofferson  Back Washington State
7 60 Dick Smith  Tackle Minnesota
8 68 John Sylvester  End Rice
9 78 Dan Fortmann   Guard Colgate
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Season highlightsEdit

The Bears featured a high-powered offense with a dynamic rushing scheme and a "vertical" passing attack. Bill Hewitt starred at end, catching 15 passes for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns (this fine performance was overshadowed by that of Don Hutson, who led the league in receiving). Bernie Masterson and Carl Brumbaugh shared quarterbacking duties, although coach Halas continued to feature passing, rushing, and receiving from all the backs in his still fairly primitive T-formation scheme. As a team, the Bears averaged 18.9 yards per pass completion for 17 touchdowns. Keith Molesworth continued as a triple-threat from the halfback position. Bronko Nagurski returned to form and led the team in rushing. Rookie linemen and future hall of famers Joe Stydahar and Danny Fortmann joined tackle George Musso on the line. Rookie Ray Nolting joined the strong backfield. Jack Manders had a fine season as a rusher and kicker, scoring 4 touchdowns while making 7 of 8 field goals and 17 of 21 PATs. He was second in the league in scoring, behind the Lions' all-purpose threat Dutch Clark. The Bear defense led the league in points allowed, giving up only 94 points and allowing more than 14 points only once, to the Packers.

Future Hall of Fame playersEdit

Other leading playersEdit

Players departed from 1935Edit


Date Opponent Location Result Score
Sep 20 Green Bay Packers East Stadium Win 30–3
Sep. 27 Philadelphia Eagles Municipal Stadium Win 17–0
Oct 4 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field Win 27–9
Oct 11 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 7–3
Oct 18 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field Win 26–7
Oct 25 Detroit Lions Wrigley Field Win 12–10
Nov 1 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 21–10
Nov 8 New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 25–7
Nov 15 Boston Redskins Fenway Park Win 26–0
Nov. 22 Philadelphia Eagles Municipal Stadium Win 28–7
Nov. 26 Detroit Lions Titan Stadium Loss 13–7
Nov. 29 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Loss 14–7


NFL Western Division
Green Bay Packers 10 1 1 .909 5–1–1 248 118 T1
Chicago Bears 9 3 0 .750 3–3 222 94 L2
Detroit Lions 8 4 0 .667 3–3 235 102 W1
Chicago Cardinals 3 8 1 .273 1–5–1 74 143 T1

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