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]


#Number of coaches
GCGames Coached
Win%Winning percentage
Returning from previous year(s) of coaching
00Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00Elected 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


Decatur Staleys
#[a]NameTermRegular SeasonPlayoffsAchievements
(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]NameTermRegular SeasonPlayoffsAchievements
1 (4)George Halas[e]19201929 *134843117.744No postseason[f]NFL Championship (1921)
2 (5)Ralph Jones *193019324124107.706NFL Championship (1932)
George Halas[e]19331942 *11084224.7996423 NFL Championships (1933, 194041)
3 (6)Hunk Anderson[g] *194219453623112.676211NFL Championship (1943)
4 (7)Luke Johnsos[g] *194219453623112.676211
George Halas[e]19461955 *11975422.641211NFL Championship (1946)
5 (8)Paddy Driscoll19561957241491.609101
George Halas[e]19581967 *13475536.588110NFL 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 *196819715620360.357
7 (10)Abe Gibron *197219744211301.268
8 (11)Jack Pardee197519774220220.476101StarIconBronze.pngUPI NFC Coach of the Year (1976)[12]
9 (12)Neill Armstrong *197819816430340.469101
10 (13)Mike Ditka19821992168106620.6311266NFL 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 Wannstedt199319989640560.417211StarIconBronze.pngUPI NFC Coach of the Year (1994)[17]
12 (15)Dick Jauron199920038035450.438101StarIconBronze.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 Smith2004201214481630.563633StarIconBronze.pngAP Coach of the Year (2005)[19]
StarIconBronze.pngPro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (2005)[20]
14 (17)Marc Trestman §2013–Present2512130.480


Defensive coordinators[edit]

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.[21] 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.[22]

The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Defensive coordinators.



  • George Allen 1963–1965 - HOF, First one to use Zone defense against the pass & Blitzing from DE position
  • Jim Dooley 1961–1967 – Innovatior of the Dooley Shift (Type of Nickel defense)
  • Joe Fortunato 1968
  • Jimmy Carr 1969 - First one to use seven defensive backs, eleven man fronts, zone blitz schemes and special zones






Offensive coordinators[edit]

The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Offensive coordinators.

Special Teams Coordinators[edit]

The following list is a List of Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinators.

Current Coaching staff[edit]

Chicago Bears staff
Front Office
Head Coaches
Offensive Coaches
Defensive Coaches
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
  • Strength and Conditioning – Mike Clark
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Jim Arthur
  • Strength Assistant/Skill Development Coach - Joe Kim
  • Conditioning Assistant – Phil Brauch

Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs


  • 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.


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  2. ^ "Chicago Bears Championship History". 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. 
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  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". 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". Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  20. ^ "Lovie Smith". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  21. ^ "Chicago Bears - A Tradition of Defense". March 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ Kerry Byrne (April 4, 2013). "Monsters of the Midway: We Need The Chicago Bears More Than Ever". Cold Hard Football Facts. 

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