Saturday, November 5, 2016
1971 Bears: Windy City Blues
The Bears improved from their 1969 1-13 season to go 6-8 in 1970 - a record that probably would have been better had Gale Sayers not gone down in the first game with a season ending injury. The recent death of Brian Piccolo to cancer still loomed over the team and Bobby Douglass' brilliant first game as a starter ended with a broken ankle, ending his season and the Bears hopes at a winning record.
In 1971 the quarterback position was shaky as usual and the Bears rotated Bobby Douglass, Jack Concannon, and Kent Nix who combined for 28 interceptions to only 11 touchdowns. Signing washed up ex-Packers like Elijah Pitts, Lee Roy Caffey, and Jim Grabowski did absolutely nothing and with Sayers still useless, the Bears turned to backs Don Shy and Cyril Pinder who responded with a productive performance. The defense was solid with Dick Butkus leading the way and the offense had its bright moments with young receivers George Farmer and Dick Gordon, the later of which, miraculously made the Pro Bowl.
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