Jim Dooley

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
20 155-129-6 54.48% 6-4 60.00%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

George Halas

Children:

Abe Gibron, Jim Ringo


Biography

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Career Summary

Jim Dooley was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1962 to 1989, finishing his career as the research and quality control of the Chicago Bears. Over his twenty years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 155-129-6. He was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1968 until the 1971 season, during which time the Bears went 20-36-0. During his career he was a head coach for four seasons.

Jim Dooley Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Dooley served as an assistant coach for George Halas, Lou Saban, Neill Armstrong, and Mike Ditka. Eight of these years were spent on Ditka's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, two assistant coaches, (Abe Gibron and Jim Ringo) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 14-41-1 in the regular season and 0-0 in the playoffs during their four seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Playing Career

Dooley played running back while at college.

Personal Information

Dooley was born on Saturday, February 8, 1930 in Stoutsville, Missouri.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1989 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 6-10-0 0-0
1988 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 12-4-0 1-1
1987 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 11-4-0 0-1
1986 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 14-2-0 0-1
1985 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 15-1-0 3-0
1984 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 10-6-0 1-1
1983 Chicago Bears Research and Quality Control 8-8-0 0-0
1982 Chicago Bears Offensive Consultant 3-6-0 0-0
1981 Chicago Bears Offensive Consultant 6-10-0 0-0
1972 Buffalo Bills Linebackers Coach 4-9-1 0-0
1971 Chicago Bears Head Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1970 Chicago Bears Head Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1969 Chicago Bears Head Coach 1-13-0 0-0
1968 Chicago Bears Head Coach 7-7-0 0-0
1967 Chicago Bears Defensive Coach 7-6-1 0-0
1966 Chicago Bears Defensive Coach 5-7-2 0-0
1965 Chicago Bears Wide Receivers Coach 9-5-0 0-0
1964 Chicago Bears Wide Receivers Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1963 Chicago Bears Wide Receivers Coach 11-1-2 1-0
1962 Chicago Bears Defensive Assistant Coach 9-5-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 4
  • Championships won: 1963 and 1985
  • Conference Championships won: 1985
  • Past teams coached for: Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills
  • College Attended: Miami Hurricanes
  • Positions Played: Cornerback, Running Back, and Wide Receiver
  • Date of Birth: Saturday, February 8, 1930 (77 years old), Stoutsville, Missouri
  • Jim Dooley was the first coach to field 5 defensive backs in what he called the "Dooley Shift". This formation is now commanly called the Nickel Defense.