Bears coach Jim Dooley, Jan. 8 Jim Dooley, who succeeded George Halas as coach of the Chicago Bears and had one of the most innovative football minds of his time, died Tuesday, Jan.8, 2008, in Lake Forest, Ill. An outstanding defensive back and receiver at the University of Miami in his native city, the 6-foot, 4-inch Dooley intercepted four passes in the Gator Bowl, then led the Bears as a first-round draft choice in interceptions. Starting at age 38, Dooley coached four of the darkest and worst years in Bears history. The team went 7-7, 1-13, 6-8 and 6-8 from 1968 through 1971. "Halas never forgave me for the 1-13," Dooley said in an 2001 interview. The Bears only win that year was against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also finished 1-13. The Steelers then beat the Bears in a coin flip for the draft rights to the No. 1 pick. Pittsburgh took Terry Bradshaw, who could have solved Chicago's incessant quarterback problems.
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