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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. 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. Abe Gibron is statistically the worst coach the Bears have had in terms of winning percentage, with .268.
Of the 17 Bears coaches, three have been elected into 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. The most recent coach was Lovie Smith, who was hired on January 14, 2004. Smith was fired on December 31, 2012, after the Bears missed the playoffs with a 10–6 record having started the season 7–1.
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||25||12||13||0||.480|
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 Monsters of the Midway 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 1980's revival were due mainly to the Bears' strong defensive performances. Founder George Halas primarily played defensive end and the Bears have been credited with as defensive innovators with schemes such as the 4-3 Defense, Nickel defense, 46 Defense and the Tampa 2. Over the years ten of the Bears' defenses being 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.
The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Offensive coordinators.
The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinators.
Chicago Bears staff