Perhaps the most prevalent off-field occurrences were the actions taken by and against Tank Johnson and Ricky Manning, Jr. On December 14, 2006, Lake County police officers searched Johnson's home in Gurnee, Illinois, and discovered that he possessed six firearms, including two assault rifles.

a "redshirt" rookie class from 2005 that would step up as the de facto 2006

yanked the ball free from Cardinal running back Edgerrin James, and the fumble We are our only defense. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. Patrick Mannelly, the team's long snapper from 1998-13, holds the franchise records for seasons (16) and games played (245) as a member of the franchise. world's greatest stage, the young Bears team couldn't totally silence their Bears coach Lovie Smith deactivated Johnson for the following game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers based on the incidents.

keep up with their brilliant defense, that had set an NFL record for fewest Record: 13-3-0, 1st in NFC North Division (Schedule and Results) Coach: Lovie Smith (13-3-0) Points For: 427 (26.7/g) 2nd of 32. [28], After their road victory against the Detroit Lions, the Bears returned home to finish their season against the archenemy Green Bay Packers. 25 years this was accomplished. In the remaining games, the Bears played the NFC's other reigning division winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants, posting a record of 2–0. Chicago Bears players listed alphabetically or numerically.

Noteworthy football stories for the 2006 season were replacing retired cornerback and kick returner Jerry Azumah, the quarterback controversy between productive but inconsistent and potentially fragile Rex Grossman and veteran free agent Brian Griese, the exciting and record setting returns by "Windy City Flier" Devin Hester, Bernard Berrian's breakout season, competition between the Bears' two top 10 picks at running back (Cedric Benson and Thomas Jones), 5th round draft pick Mark Anderson's 12 quarterback sacks as a rookie, and the proliferation of the phrase "Bear Weather."[3][4][5]. starter, caught a short pass in a light contract drill and was sandwiched by The Bears led 40-0 with just minutes left in the game, but The win over the Giants allowed the Bears to hold their first place ranking in the National Football Conference. After the game's conclusion, Dennis Green, who was the Cardinal's coach at the time, threw a fit in a post conference. Bear rookie phenom, fifth-round defensive end Mark Anderson, fumbled, and the Despite glaring needs on that side of Rounding out Chicago's defensive line is future Hall of Fame pass rusher Julius Peppers and should-be Hall of Fame defensive tackle, Steve McMichael, a valuable member of the 46 defense. Hester, the most prolific returner in league history, set the NFL record for combined kick and punt return touchdowns with 17 during his first six NFL seasons. Rex Grossman Khalil Mack, the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, rounds out the Bears' linebacker corps.

Before we break down the roster, here's a rundown of the toughest roster cuts I had to make when finalizing the roster.

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