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The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 3.8k votes 858 voters 17.3k views19 items

Throughout their time as a football franchise, the Chicago Bears have had a variety of coaches, but who is the best Chicago Bears head coach of all time? We want you to help us answer that question by voting for your favorite Chicago Bears coaches, keeping stats like Super Bowl wins and playoff runs in mind.

It's hard to argue against George Halas being the greatest Bears head coach in the history of the team, seeing that he coached the team to 6 NFL Championships as a coach, and saw two more as the team's owner. He was an innovator and left a lasting impact on not just the Bears organization, but the entire NFL in general.

Mike Ditka is another legendary Chicago Bears head coach, winning Superbowls with the team as both a coach and player. In fact it was George Halas who offered Ditka the head coach position in 1982, where Ditka quickly turned the team into a major threat.

If the Chicago Bears had a best of all time team, who would coach it? Vote for your favorites below, even if the coach never won a championship with the Chicago Bears.
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    George Halas

    Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    George Stanley Halas Sr. (; February 2, 1895 – October 31, 1983), nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was a player, coach, and owner involved with professional American football. He was the...  more

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    Mike Ditka

    Age: 81

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCarnegie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Panthers football

    Michael Keller Ditka (born October 18, 1939) is an American former football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football (1986) and Pro Football Hall of Fame...  more

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGladewater, Texas, United States of America

    Lovie Lee Smith (born May 8, 1958) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at the University of Illinois. He was previously the head coach of the Chicago Bears of the National...  more
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    Matt Nagy

    Age: 42

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePiscataway, New Jersey

    Matthew Nagy ( NEH-ghee or NAG-ee); born April 24, 1978) is an American football coach and former arena football quarterback. He currently serves as the head coach for the Chicago Bears of the...  more
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    Paddy Driscoll

    Dec. at 72 (1896-1968)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois

    TeamsChicago Bears

    John Leo "Paddy" Driscoll (January 11, 1895 – June 29, 1968) was an American football and baseball player and football coach. A triple-threat man in football, he was regarded as the best drop kicker...  more

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    Jack Pardee

    Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    BirthplaceExira, Iowa

    John Perry Pardee (April 19, 1936 – April 1, 2013) was an American football linebacker and the only head coach to helm a team in college football, the National Football League (NFL), the United...  more

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    Neill Armstrong

    Age: 94

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceTishomingo, Oklahoma

    Neill Ford Armstrong (March 9, 1926 – August 10, 2016) was an American football player and coach whose career spanned more than four decades at both the college and professional levels. Notably,...  more
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    Hunk Anderson

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    Ralph Jones

    Dec. at 71 (1880-1951)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceIndiana

    Ralph Robert "Curley" Jones (September 22, 1880 – July 26, 1951) was an American high school and college football and basketball coach. He also served as the head coach for the Chicago Bears of the...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBaldwin, Pennsylvania

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Dave Wannstedt (born May 21, 1952) is a former American football coach. He has been the head coach of the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was also the head coach...  more
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    James Cook

    Dec. at 91 (1888-1979)
    James Cook (November 27, 1888 – August 21, 1979) was an American football player, a guard in the National Football League. ...  more
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    Luke Johnsos

    Dec. at 79 (1905-1984)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Luke Andrew Johnsos Sr. (December 9, 1905 – December 10, 1984) was an American football player, assistant coach, and head coach for the National Football League's Chicago Bears franchise. He started...  more
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    Jim Dooley

    Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

    BirthplaceStoutsville, Missouri

    James William Dooley (February 8, 1930 – January 8, 2008) was an American football player and coach who is best remembered for his tenures as a player and coach with the Chicago Bears of the National...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois

    Richard Manuel Jauron (born October 7, 1950) is a former National Football League (NFL) player and coach. He played eight seasons, five with the Detroit Lions and three with the Cincinnati Bengals....  more
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    Red Brannon

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    Abe Gibron

    Dec. at 72 (1925-1997)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan City, Indiana, United States of America

    Abraham "Abe" Gibron (September 22, 1925 – September 23, 1997) was a professional American football player and coach. Gibron played 11 seasons as a guard in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC)...  more
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    John Fox

    Age: 65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVirginia Beach, Virginia

    TeamsSan Diego State Aztecs football

    John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is a former American football coach and player. He was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears of the National Football League...  more
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    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Marc Marlyn Trestman (born January 15, 1956) is an American and Canadian football coach who is the head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL. He was also recently head coach...  more
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    Fritz Wasem