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). 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.[2] 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.[3] Abe Gibron is statistically the worst coach of the Bears in terms of winning percentage, with a .268 average.[4]

Of the 18 Bears coaches, three have been elected to 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.

After Ditka was fired following the 1992 season, the Bears went through six head coaches starting with Dave Wannstedt, who coached until 1998. Dick Jauron took over in 1999 until he was fired in 2003. Lovie Smith 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 after starting the season 7–1.[7] On January 16, 2013, Marc Trestman was hired to be the new head coach to take Smith's place.[8] Trestman was fired on December 29, 2014, with a 13–19 record over two seasons.[9] On January 16, 2015, John Fox was hired as the new head coach of the team.[10] He compiled a 14–34 record over three seasons before being fired on January 1, 2018.[11] A week later, Matt Nagy became the new head coach.[12]

George Halas, founder of the Bears, shown here during his brief career with the New York Yankees in 1919[13]

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]

Statistics correct as of 2018.

Decatur Staleys
#[a] Name Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
GC W L T Win%[b] GC W L
(1)[a] Robert E. Brannan[c]
1919
Not Available[d]
Central Illinois Championship
Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys/Chicago Bears
#[a] Name Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
GC W L T Win%[b] GC W L
1 (2) George Halas[e] 19201929 * 134 84 31 17 .744 No postseason[f] NFL Championship (1921)
2 (3) 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 (4) Hunk Anderson[g] * 19421945 36 23 11 2 .676 2 1 1 NFL Championship (1943)
4 (5) 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 (6) 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)
AP Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)[14]
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)[15]
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1963, 1965)[16]
6 (7) Jim Dooley * 19681971 56 20 36 0 .357
7 (8) Abe Gibron * 19721974 42 11 30 1 .268
8 (9) Jack Pardee 19751977 42 20 22 0 .476 1 0 1 UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1976)[17]
9 (10) Neill Armstrong * 19781981 64 30 34 0 .469 1 0 1
10 (11) Mike Ditka 19821992 168 106 62 0 .631 12 6 6 Super Bowl Championship (1985)
AP Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)[18]
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1988)[19]
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1985)[20]
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1985, 1988)[21]
11 (12) Dave Wannstedt 19931998 96 40 56 0 .417 2 1 1 UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1994)[22]
12 (13) Dick Jauron 19992003 80 35 45 0 .438 1 0 1 AP Coach of the Year (2001)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2001)[23]
Sporting News Coach of the Year (2001)
13 (14) Lovie Smith 20042012 144 81 63 0 .563 6 3 3 AP Coach of the Year (2005)[24]
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2005)[25]
14 (15) Marc Trestman § 20132014 32 13 19 0 .406
15 (16) John Fox 20152017 48 14 34 0 .291
16 (17) Matt Nagy* 2018 16 12 4 0 .750 1 0 1 AP Coach of the Year (2018)[26]
PFWA Coach of the Year (2018)[27]


Footnotes[edit]

  • a Official Chicago Bears record books list Halas as the first head coach in franchise history and therefore current head coach Matt Nagy would be the 16th head coach in franchise history.
  • b The winning percentage is calculated using the formula: 
  • c Robert E. Brannan became the coach 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 for the 1919 season in Chicago Bears record books, but the team finished the season 6-1.
  • 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 when he left to serve in the US Navy.

References[edit]

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