The Best NFL Coaches of All Time People In Sports
Ultimate List
39  items 2,618 votes 245 voters 5,629 views more info

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.
  • 18 ReRanks
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 100
    Down 24

    the people's #1 1913

    open
  2. 2
    Up 95
    Down 39

    1924

    open
  3. 3
    Up 92
    Down 36

    1930

    open
  4. 4
    Up 85
    Down 34

    most listed 1931

    open
  5. 5
    Up 74
    Down 42

    1932

    open
  6. 6
    Up 65
    Down 37

    added by carlybobarly 1936

    open
  7. 7
    Up 82
    Down 50

    1952

    open
  8. 8
    Up 51
    Down 20

    1895

    open
  9. 9
    Up 48
    Down 33

    1940

    open
  10. 10
    Up 54
    Down 37

    1941

    open
  11. 11
    Up 52
    Down 44

    1939

    open
  12. 12
    Up 40
    Down 19

    1908

    open
  13. 13
    Up 32
    Down 34

    1923

    open
  14. 14
    Up 33
    Down 38

    1927

    open
  15. 15
    Up 46
    Down 44

    1943

    open
  16. 16
    Up 25
    Down 35

    1925

    open
  17. 17
    Up 37
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnWarner 1957

    open
  18. 18
    Up 31
    Down 45

    1937

    open
  19. 19
    Up 29
    Down 43

    often listed 1952

    open
  20. 20
    Up 32
    Down 53

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1972

    open
  21. 21
    Up 27
    Down 25

    added by JohnWarner 1948

    open
  22. 22
    Up 33
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks 1936

    open
  23. 23
    Up 19
    Down 14

    1955

    open
  24. 24
    Up 17
    Down 12

    1898

    open
  25. 25
    Up 29
    Down 24

    1946

    open
  26. 26
    Up 23
    Down 34

    1963

    open
  27. 27
    Up 11
    Down 16

    1943

    open
  28. 28
    Up 10
    Down 14

    added by willyboymcoy 1932

    open
  29. 29
    Up 11
    Down 14

    1924

    open
  30. 30
    Up 21
    Down 26

    added by JohnWarner 1958

    open
  31. 31
    Up 10
    Down 14

    1911

    open
  32. 32
    Up 9
    Down 26
    No image

    1907

    open
  33. 33
    Up 11
    Down 44

    often listed & added by JohnWarner 1931

    open
  34. 34
    Up 14
    Down 23

    1944

    open
  35. 35
    Up 12
    Down 45

    often listed & added by JohnWarner 1951

    open
  36. 36
    Up 12
    Down 10

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux 1918

    open
  37. 37
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image

    added by irishMan22 Darren Florey The best Notre Dame coach ever besides Brian Kelly. But beyond Charlie Weis.

    open
  38. 38
    Up 2
    Down 0
    No image

    new! & added by The Best Irish Coach Douglas Gourley The Best coach out there.  Not as Good as John Madden or Brian Kelly, But way better than ...

    open
  39. 39
    Up 5
    Down 4

    new! & added by nfl_is_my_life Aaron Manigold

    open
40 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists