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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

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.
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    the people's #1
    Vince Lombardi

    1913 More
    100
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    1924 More
    95
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    1930 More
    94
  4. 4
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    most listed
    Bill Walsh

    1931 More
    93
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    1932 More
    84
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    1936 More
    81
    added by: carlybobarly
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    1952 More
    79
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    1895 More
    77
  9. 9
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    1940 More
    70
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    1941 More
    67
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    1908 More
    63
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    1939 More
    63
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    1927 More
    61
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    1923 More
    60
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    1943 More
    60
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    1925 More
    51
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bill Cowher

    1957 More
    49
    added by: JohnWarner
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    1937 More
    49
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    1952 More
    48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Tomlin

    1972 More
    47
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    1948 More
    46
    added by: JohnWarner
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    Dick Vermeil

    1936 More
    45
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    1955 More
    41
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    1946 More
    40
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    1898 More
    38
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    1963 More
    38
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    1932 More
    37
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    1943 More
    36
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    1958 More
    35
    added by: JohnWarner
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    1911 More
    34
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    1924 More
    34
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    1907 More
    31
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    Pete Carroll

    1951 More
    28
    added by: JohnWarner
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    1944 More
    28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Buddy Ryan

    1931 More
    28
    added by: JohnWarner
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    1918 More
    23
    added by: wiabux
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