There’s no need for an introduction anymore. By now, you know what we’re doing here. We are taking every single NFL franchise and ranking every head coach that they’ve hired during the Super Bowl era.

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Let’s Rank All Of The Chicago Bears Head Coaches 

 

 

11. Abe Gibron

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Years Coached: 1972-1974

Total Games Coached: 42

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-30-1

 

Abe Gibron was not a very good NFL head football coach, but to the guy’s credit….he definitely looked the part. Seriously. Just Google photos of Abe Gibron and tell me that guy doesn’t look like your prototypical 1970’s NFL head coach. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t coach a damn and after three seasons of going 4-9-1, 3-11, and 4-10 the Bears said enough is enough.


 

10. John Fox

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Years Coached: 2015-2017

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 14-34

 

John Fox was a damn good head football coach during his NFL tenure. His time in Carolina was good and his time in Denver was even better. For some reason, Fox and the Broncos decided to go their separate ways following the 2015 season and the Bears quickly offered the head coaching job to Fox. Fox was coming off four straight consecutive winning seasons with the Broncos were they made the playoffs every year and even made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the Seahawks. This was a huge get for the Bears. Unfortunately it ended in a huge disaster. Fox had three straight losing seasons in Chicago and is arguably the worst head coach in Chicago Bears history.


 

9. Jim Dooley

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Years Coached: 1968-1971

Total Games Coached: 56

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 20-36

 

I wasn’t alive during the Jim Dooley days, but the Bears were extremely average during his time as head coach so there’s that. He was also the head coach during the end of Gale Sayers playing days. Unfortunately for Dooley, Sayers was dealing with constant injuries around this time in his career among other things. Had those injuries not happened, perhaps Dooley’s tenure in Chicago may have ended differently?


 

8. Marc Trestman

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Years Coached: 2013-2014

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 13-19

 

Did Marc Trestman get a fair shake as Chicago Bears head coach? That’s debatable. There were a lot of people (myself included) who were confused the Bears made the hire in the first place. Trestman was a previous position coach in the NFL who got a head coaching job in the CFL. After five seasons as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, the Bears shockingly announced the Trestman hire as a way to boost their offense after the Lovie Smith era. Unfortunately, it just never really worked out and Trestman ended up getting sacked after only two seasons. He’s now back in the CFL as a head coach which is probably where he should have stayed the entire time.


 

7. Jack Pardee

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Years Coached: 1975-1977

Total Games Coached: 42

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 20-22

 

Jack Pardee’s tenure in Chicago wasn’t horrific, but it wasn’t exactly anything to shout about either. Pardee spent three seasons in the Windy City and went 4-10, 7-7, and then 9-5 with a playoff appearance. That’s called progress my friends. Unfortunately for the Bears, Pardee decided to take his talents to the Washington Redskins after the 1977 season and that was all she wrote for his Bears coaching career.


 

6. Neill Armstrong

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Years Coached: 1978-1981

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 30-34

 

Not to be confused with the astronaut who was the first man on the moon, Neill Armstrong took over the Chicago Bears job after Jack Pardee left for Washington. Armstrong spent four seasons in Chicago but only had one winning season and one playoff appearance. His best year was 1979 when the Bears went 10-6 but lost in the first-round of the playoffs to the Philadelphia Eagles. Armstrong spent almost 20 years in the NFL as a coach, but this stint with Chicago was his only head coaching job.


 

5. Matt Nagy

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Years Coached: 2018-present

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 12-4

 

It’s early in the Matt Nagy era in Chicago, but the hire already has the look and feel of a home-run. Going 12-4 in your first year as a head coach isn’t a statement that a lot of other coaches in history can make claim to, but Matt Nagy can. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens going forward with Chicago and Nagy. Something tells me he’ll be climbing this list in no time at all.


 

4. Dick Jauron

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Years Coached: 1999-2003

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 35-45

 

It’s amazing to me that Dick Jauron got five years in Chicago, especially when you look at how impatient NFL front offices are today. In five seasons with the Bears, Jauron had one winning season. Yes, it was a great season that saw Chicago go 13-3 with Jauron winning the “Coach of the Year” award, but it ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Eagles. After that season, the Bears dropped back down to 4-12 and Jauron should’ve been shown the door but he somehow convinced the Chicago brass to bring him back for another year. After another dismal 7-9 season, Chicago had finally had enough and cut Jauron loose. He was later hired by the Bills and stunk up their franchise for a few years.


 

3. Dave Wannstedt

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Years Coached: 1993-1998

Total Games Coached: 96

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 40-56

 

Replacing a legend is tough man. It was never going to be easy for Dave Wannstedt to replace the legendary Mike Ditka, but he gave it a shot. The Bears could just never quite get over the hump under Wannstedt. Wannstedt spent six seasons as the Bears head coach and only had two winning seasons (9-7 seasons mind you….), two below-average seasons (7-9), and two losing seasons (4-12) that culminated in the Bears finally showing him the door. Chicago was always going to have a hard time replacing Ditka and the good news is, they could have made a way worse hire than they did with Wannstedt.


 

2. Lovie Smith

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Years Coached: 2004-2012

Total Games Coached: 144

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 81-63

 

Is it a hot take to think Lovie Smith did a good job in Chicago? If so, consider me a “hot take artist” and hand me an application for FOX Sports. Smith is the second longest tenured head coach for the Bears in the Super Bowl era. He’s the second winningest coach for the Bears in the Super Bowl era. In nine seasons in Chicago, his worst one was his first season when the team went 5-11 and every year after that the Bears either hovered around the .500 mark or made the playoffs. Smith also had luck in the playoffs getting the Bears to the NFC Championship twice as well as Super Bowl XLI were Chicago lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Smith’s tenure in Chicago unfortunately came down to a crashing thud. After starting 7-1 in 2012, the Bears went 3-5 to finish the season with a 10-6 record and missed out on the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. Chicago had seen enough and they needed a more competitive team with more recent post-season success. Smith’s time was up and he went ahead and took a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and flamed out after two seasons there. But hey…..2006 was a hell of a year.


 

1. Mike Ditka

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Years Coached: 1982-1992

Total Games Coached: 168

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 106-62

 

The G.O.A.T. of the Chicago Bears coaching tree. Did you honestly expect anything else?