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The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 3.1k votes 774 voters 16k views 19 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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Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Age: 80

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Panthers football

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

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George Halas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: New 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 ...more

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Lovie Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Gladewater

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 ...more
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Matt Nagy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
2193333 added Age: 41

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Piscataway, 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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1896-1968)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Teams: Chicago Cubs

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 ...more

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Jack Pardee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Exira, 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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Dave Wannstedt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baldwin, Pennsylvania

Teams: Green 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 ...more
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Neill Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Neill Armstrong Age: 93

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Tishomingo, 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 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Hunk Anderson
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James Cook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
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.
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Ralph Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Ralph Jones Dec. at 71 (1880-1951)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Indiana

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 ...more
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Jim Dooley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Jim Dooley Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

Birthplace: Stoutsville, 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 ...more
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Luke Johnsos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1905-1984)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, 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 ...more
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Red Brannon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Red Brannon
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Dick Jauron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Age: 69

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Peoria, 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 ...more
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Abe Gibron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1925-1997)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Michigan 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 ...more
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John Fox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Teams: San 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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Marc Trestman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Age: 63

Birthplace: Minneapolis, 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 ...more
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Fritz Wasem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Coaches of All Time
Fritz Wasem