The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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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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    Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    the people's #1
    Vince Lombardi Died at 57 (1913-1970)

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    Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Bill Belichick age 63

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    Died at 76 (1931-2007)

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    Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

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    most listed
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    Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Chuck Noll Died at 82 (1932-2014)

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    Died at 88 (1895-1983)

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    age 75

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    Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Paul Brown Died at 83 (1908-1991)

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


    Jimmy Johnson age 72

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


    Mike Ditka 76

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    age 58

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


    Marv Levy age 90

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    Died at 82 (1923-2005)

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    age 60

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    Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Tom Coughlin age 69

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    Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mike Tomlin age 43

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    age 67

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


    Mike Shanahan age 63

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    Died at 67 (1898-1965)

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    Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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    George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    added by bigulcards
    George Seifert age 75

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    Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Marty Schottenheimer age 72

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    Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    added by JohnWarner
    Andy Reid age 57

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    John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    added by bigulcards
    John Harbaugh age 53

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    Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time


    Sean Payton age 52

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    Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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    Mike McCarthy age 52

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    age 71

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    age 52

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    Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    added by JohnWarner
    Pete Carroll age 64

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    Died at 91 (1907-1998)

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    Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    added by slaft
    Jeff Fisher age 57

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    George Allen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    George Allen Died at 72 (1918-1990)

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    John Fox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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    John Fox age 60

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    Died at 92 (1911-2003)

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    Died at 78 (1899-1977)

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    often listed & added by JohnWarner
    age 84

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    age 52

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    Marvin Lewis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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    Marvin Lewis age 57

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    Died at 82 (1891-1973)

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    Died at 73 (1894-1967)

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    age 74

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