List of Chicago Bears head coaches
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). 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 its name to the Bears in 1922, the same year the American Professional Football Association (APFA) changed its name to the National Football League (NFL).
The Chicago Bears have played more than 1,000 games. Of 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. George Halas is the only coach to have more than one tenure and is the all-time leader in games coached and games won, while Ralph Jones leads all coaches in winning percentage with .706. Abe Gibron is statistically the worst coach of the Bears in terms of winning percentage, with a .268 average.
Of the 17 Bears coaches, three have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: George Halas, Paddy Driscoll, and Mike Ditka. 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. Lovie Smith, who was the most recent coach, was hired on Jan. 14, 2004. Smith was fired on Dec. 31, 2012, after the Bears missed the playoffs with a 10–6 record after starting the season 7–1. In January 16, 2013, Marc Trestman was hired to be the new head coach to take Smith's place. He is the current coach, as of 2014.
Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013 NFL season.
|#||Number of coaches|
|–||Returning from previous year(s) of coaching|
|†||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach|
|‡||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player|
|*||Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Bears|
|§||Spent head coaching career in both CFL and NFL|
|Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys/Chicago Bears|
|1 (4)||George Halas[e] †||1920–1929 *||134||84||31||17||.744||No postseason[f]||NFL Championship (1921)|
|2 (5)||Ralph Jones *||1930–1932||41||24||10||7||.706||–||–||–||NFL Championship (1932)|
|—||George Halas[e]†||1933–1942 *||110||84||22||4||.799||6||4||2||3 NFL Championships (1933, 1940–41)|
|3 (6)||Hunk Anderson[g] *||1942–1945||36||23||11||2||.676||2||1||1||NFL Championship (1943)|
|4 (7)||Luke Johnsos[g] *||1942–1945||36||23||11||2||.676||2||1||1|
|—||George Halas[e] †||1946–1955 *||119||75||42||2||.641||2||1||1||NFL Championship (1946)|
|5 (8)||Paddy Driscoll ‡||1956–1957||24||14||9||1||.609||1||0||1|
|—||George Halas[e] †||1958–1967 *||134||75||53||6||.588||1||1||0||NFL Championship (1963)
AP Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)
|6 (9)||Jim Dooley *||1968–1971||56||20||36||0||.357||–||–||–|
|7 (10)||Abe Gibron *||1972–1974||42||11||30||1||.268||–||–||–|
|8 (11)||Jack Pardee||1975–1977||42||20||22||0||.476||1||0||1||UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1976)|
|9 (12)||Neill Armstrong *||1978–1981||64||30||34||0||.469||1||0||1|
|10 (13)||Mike Ditka ‡||1982–1992||168||106||62||0||.631||12||6||6||NFL Championship (1985)
AP Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1988)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1985)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)
|11 (14)||Dave Wannstedt||1993–1998||96||40||56||0||.417||2||1||1||UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1994)|
|12 (15)||Dick Jauron||1999–2003||80||35||45||0||.438||1||0||1||AP Coach of the Year (2001)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2001)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (2001)
|13 (16)||Lovie Smith||2004–2012||144||81||63||0||.563||6||3||3||AP Coach of the Year (2005)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2005)
|14 (17)||Marc Trestman §||2013–present||31||13||18||0||.433|
The Monsters of the Midway is most widely known as the nickname for the National Football League's Chicago Bears since the 1940s. Although the nickname is sometimes applied to the Bears team as a whole, it is primarily applied to the defensive side of the ball. This is due to the Bears having a long tradition of tough and intimidating defenses that date back to the beginning of the franchise. Both the initial association of the nickname to the Bears and its 1980s revival were due mainly to the Bears' strong defensive performances. Founder George Halas primarily played defensive end and the Bears have been credited as defensive innovators, with schemes such as the 4-3 Defense, nickel defense, 46 Defense and the Tampa 2. Over the years, 10 of the Bears defenses were ranked among the 100 stingiest defenses of all time by Cold Hard Football Facts—more than any other franchise.
The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinators.
- George Allen 1963–1965 - HOF, First coach to use "zone defense" against the pass and blitzing from defensive end position
- Jim Dooley 1961–1967 – Innovator of the "Dooley Shift" (Type of "nickel defense")
- Joe Fortunato 1968
- Jimmy Carr 1969 - First to use seven defensive backs, eleven-man fronts, zone blitz schemes and special zones
The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinators.
Special Teams Coordinators
The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinators.
Current Coaching staff
Chicago Bears staff
- 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:
- 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.
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