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List Rules 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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465 198
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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2
338 184
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Vince Lombardi Died at 57 (1913-1970)

3
279 152
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

4
282 154
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Walsh Died at 76 (1931-2007)

5
294 166
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 87

6
252 126
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Chuck Noll Died at 82 (1932-2014)

7
228 135
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added John Madden age 79

8
166 97
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
George Halas Died at 88 (1895-1983)

9
187 119
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 76

10
176 101
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs age 75

11
152 76
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Paul Brown Died at 83 (1908-1991)

12
168 128
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Johnson age 74

13
152 150
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Ditka age 78

14
111 97
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 90

15
109 90
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 92

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96 82
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Hank Stram Died at 82 (1923-2005)

17
136 97
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Bill Cowher age 60

18
111 86
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 71

19
101 82
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 81

20
94 76
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Mike Holmgren age 67

21
76 105
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 80

22
106 75
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 60

23
111 131
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 45

24
89 106
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 65

25
86 78
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Andy Reid age 59

26
69 44
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

27
84 46
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

28
83 109
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Pete Carroll age 66

29
68 96
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sean Payton age 52

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65 66
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

31
58 49
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added Chuck Knox age 83

32
70 63
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 71

33
41 42
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added Jon Gruden age 54

34
45 56
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Mike McCarthy age 54

35
66 41
George Allen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
wiabux added George Allen Died at 72 (1918-1990)

36
45 53
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added John Harbaugh age 55

37
36 32
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added George Seifert age 75

38
41 61
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added Jim Harbaugh age 54

39
42 59
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Weeb Ewbank Died at 91 (1907-1998)

40
18 21
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added Jack Del Rio age 54

41
40 89
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Buddy Ryan age 86

42
36 45
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sid Gillman Died at 92 (1911-2003)

43
21 35
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jim E. Mora age 82

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44
3 5
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Gary Kubiak age 56

45
19 61
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jeff Fisher age 59

46
4 8
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added Mike Zimmer age 59

47
26 57
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added John Fox age 62

48
15 40
Marvin Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Marvin Lewis age 57

49
10 25
Buck Shaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Buck Shaw Died at 78 (1899-1977)

50
9 24
Guy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Guy Chamberlin Died at 73 (1894-1967)