List of Chicago Bears head coaches

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Mike Ditka was the head coach of the Bears from 1982 to 1992 and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.[1]

This is a complete list of Chicago Bears head coaches. There have been 17 head coaches for the Chicago Bears, including coaches for the Decatur Staleys (1919–1920) and Chicago Staleys (1921), of the National Football League (NFL). The Bears franchise was founded as the Decatur Staleys, a charter member of the American Professional Football Association. The team moved to Chicago in 1921, and changed their name to the Bears in 1922, the same year the American Professional Football Association (APFA) changed its name to the National Football League.

The Chicago Bears have played over one thousand games. In those games, five different coaches have won NFL championships with the team: George Halas in 1921, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1946, and 1963, Ralph Jones in 1932, Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos in 1943, and Mike Ditka in 1985.[2] George Halas is the only coach to have more than one tenure and is the all-time leader in games coached and wins, while Ralph Jones leads all coaches in winning percentage with .706.[3] Abe Gibron is statistically the worst coach the Bears have had in terms of winning percentage, with .268.[4]

Of the 17 Bears coaches, three have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: George Halas, Paddy Driscoll, and Mike Ditka.[5] Several former players have been head coach for the Bears, including George Halas, Hunk Anderson, Luke Johnsos, Paddy Driscoll, Jim Dooley, Abe Gibron, and Mike Ditka. The most recent coach was Lovie Smith, who was hired on January 14, 2004.[6] Smith was fired on December 31, 2012, after the Bears missed the playoffs with a 10–6 record having started the season 7–1.[7]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013 NFL season.

George Halas, founder of the Bears, during his brief career with the New York Yankees in 1919[8]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches
GC Games Coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
Returning from previous year(s) of coaching
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Bears
00§ Spent head coaching career in both CFL and NFL


Coaches[edit]

Decatur Staleys
#[a] Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Achievements
GC W L T Win%[b] W L
(1)[a] Fritz Wasem[c] 1919
Not Available[d]
(2)[a] Red Brannon[c] 1919
(3)[a] James Cook[c] 1919
Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys/Chicago Bears
#[a] Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Achievements
GC W L T Win%[b] GC W L
1 (4) George Halas[e] 19201929 * 134 84 31 17 .744 No postseason[f] NFL Championship (1921)
2 (5) Ralph Jones * 19301932 41 24 10 7 .706 NFL Championship (1932)
George Halas[e] 19331942 * 110 84 22 4 .799 6 4 2 3 NFL Championships (1933, 194041)
3 (6) Hunk Anderson[g] * 19421945 36 23 11 2 .676 2 1 1 NFL Championship (1943)
4 (7) Luke Johnsos[g] * 19421945 36 23 11 2 .676 2 1 1
George Halas[e] 19461955 * 119 75 42 2 .641 2 1 1 NFL Championship (1946)
5 (8) Paddy Driscoll 19561957 24 14 9 1 .609 1 0 1
George Halas[e] 19581967 * 134 75 53 6 .588 1 1 0 NFL Championship (1963)
StarIconBronze.pngAP Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)[9]
StarIconBronze.pngSporting News Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)[10]
StarIconBronze.pngUPI NFL Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)[11]
6 (9) Jim Dooley * 19681971 56 20 36 0 .357
7 (10) Abe Gibron * 19721974 42 11 30 1 .268
8 (11) Jack Pardee 19751977 42 20 22 0 .476 1 0 1 StarIconBronze.pngUPI NFC Coach of the Year (1976)[12]
9 (12) Neill Armstrong * 19781981 64 30 34 0 .469 1 0 1
10 (13) Mike Ditka 19821992 168 106 62 0 .631 12 6 6 NFL Championship (1985)
StarIconGreen.pngAP Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)[13]
StarIconGreen.pngPro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1988)[14]
StarIconGreen.pngSporting News Coach of the Year (1985)[15]
StarIconGreen.pngUPI NFC Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)[16]
11 (14) Dave Wannstedt 19931998 96 40 56 0 .417 2 1 1 StarIconBronze.pngUPI NFC Coach of the Year (1994)[17]
12 (15) Dick Jauron 19992003 80 35 45 0 .438 1 0 1 StarIconBronze.pngAP Coach of the Year (2001)
StarIconBronze.pngPro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2001)[18]
StarIconBronze.pngSporting News Coach of the Year (2001)
13 (16) Lovie Smith 20042012 144 81 63 0 .563 6 3 3 StarIconBronze.pngAP Coach of the Year (2005)[19]
StarIconBronze.pngPro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2005)[20]
14 (17) Marc Trestman § 2013–Present 16 8 8 0 .500

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Official Chicago Bears record books list Halas as the first head coach in franchise history and therefore current head coach Marc Trestman would be the 14th head coach in franchise history.
  • b The winning percentage is calculated using the formula: \frac{Wins+\frac{1}{2}Ties}{Games}
  • c Wasem, Brannon, and Cook became the coaches of the club when it was established by the A. E. Staley Company of Decatur, Illinois in 1919 as a company team.
  • d No official records have been found for the 1919 season.
  • e Halas' full coaching record with the Bears is 497 regular season games coached with a record of 318–148–31 and a W–L percentage of .682. He is also 6–3 in 9 Playoff games.
  • f The NFL did not hold playoff games until 1932.
  • g Anderson and Johnsos were co-Head Coaches from 1942 to 1945. They were appointed by Halas went he left to serve in the US Navy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Ditka's Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Bears Championship History". NFLTeamHistory.com. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Ralph Jones' Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Abe Gibron's Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 18, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Bears hire Smith to be head coach". Yahoo Sports. 2004-01-16. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  7. ^ Pompei, Dan (December 31, 2012). "Lovie Smith out after 9 seasons as Bears coach". Chicago Tribune (Tony W. Hunter; Tribune Company). Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "George Halas' Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Bears' Smith wins AP Coach award". Associated Press. ESPN. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year". SuperBowl. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  11. ^ Halas, George. Halas by Halas: The Autobiography of George Halas. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-025549-0. 
  12. ^ "Jack Pardee". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  13. ^ "89 – Mike Ditka". chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  14. ^ Dickey, Glenn. "Ditka's delirium:". Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  15. ^ "MIKE DITKA". Nationwide Speakers Bureau, Inc. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  16. ^ Taylor, Roy. "Mike Ditka, Chicago Bear '61–'66; '82–'92". Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  17. ^ "Dave Wannstedt". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  18. ^ "Dick Jauron". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  19. ^ "Lovie Smith". chicagoBears.com. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  20. ^ "Lovie Smith". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 

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