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The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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The best NFL coaches of all time are hands down the best men ever to lead their respective National Football League teams into battle. There are reasons why these men have teams, stadiums, video game franchises and that little thing given away annually to the Super Bowl champion named after them. These are the best NFL coaches to have ever lived, period.

Regardless of which NFL team you root for, there is little doubt that the vast majority of football fans would agree that Vince Lombardi is the greatest football coach in the history of mankind. As a forefather to the NFL, Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, leading them to five championships in a seven-year span including wins in the first two Super Bowls ever. His inspirational words are still widely used today as is his name which graces the title of the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the annual champion of the National Football League.

But there are many more legendary NFL coaches of past and present that also deserve a place on this list for their brilliance, inspiration and undeniable success on the field. Coaches like Tom Landry, Don Shula, George Halas, Paul Brown and Chuck Noll were the leaders in the league a few decades ago while the best current NFL coaches like Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and Mike Shanahan continue to improve upon their already legendary status in NFL history.

How do you define which NFL coach is the best of all time? Is it from their championships and wins or do you look at their entire career to compare one body of work to another? However you do it, vote, add to or re-rank this list of the best NFL coaches of all time.

List Criteria: Only NFL coaches. College football coaches don't count unless they've coached in the NFL

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    the people's #1
    Vince Lombardi

    1913 More
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    often listed
    Don Shula

    1930 More
    93
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    often listed
    Tom Landry

    1924 More
    92
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    most listed
    Bill Walsh

    1931 More
    91
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    1936 More
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    added by: carlybobarly
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    1932 More
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    1952 More
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    1940 More
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    1941 More
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    1939 More
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    1923 More
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    1908 More
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    controversial
    Jimmy Johnson

    1943 More
    59
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    controversial
    Bud Grant

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    54
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    niche appeal
    Bill Cowher

    1957 More
    52
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    1952 More
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    1936 More
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    niche appeal
    Mike Holmgren

    1948 More
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    1937 More
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    1946 More
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    1972 More
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    1955 More
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    1963 More
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    1932 More
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    1911 More
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    1955 More
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    niche appeal
    Pete Carroll

    1951 More
    29
    added by: JohnWarner
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    niche appeal
    Buddy Ryan

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    1944 More
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    about to drop off
    Mike McCarthy

    1963 More
    23
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