Jim Dooly Head Coach Chicago Bears 1968-1971

The hiring of Mark Tresman as head coach of the Chicago Bears marks the first time in over forty years the team has had an offensive oriented head coach. That head coach was Jim Dooley, who was coach from 1968-71, with a record of 20-36. Dooley had an offensive mind, but he had also been the team’s defensive coordinator in the mid 1960s. The strangest events of Dooley’s coaching happened in 1971. Quarterbacks Jack Concanon and Kent Nix had gone down with injuries, leaving only Bobby Douglas to start. Dooley moved in with Douglas to go over film and the game plan for the road game against the Detroit Lions. The Bears won the game 28-23. Douglas passed for 15-21, 160 yards, and two touchdowns. He scored another rushing touchdown. The game was marred for the players and fans alike Lions receiver Chuck Hughes suffered a heart attack on the field late in the game. He would die a short time later.


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