football The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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

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Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Walsh Died at 76 (1931-2007)

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Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 85

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Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

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

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

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Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 74

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Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs 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 age 76

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Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 88

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

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Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 69

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Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Cowher age 58

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Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 79

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Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 78

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Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 43

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Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Holmgren age 67

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Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 63

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Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 60

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Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Andy Reid age 57

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Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

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Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Pete Carroll age 64

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

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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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Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Chuck Knox age 83

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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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

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John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
John Harbaugh age 53

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Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike McCarthy age 52

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Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jon Gruden age 52

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George Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
George Allen Died at 72 (1918-1990)

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George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jim Harbaugh age 52

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

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Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jim E. Mora age 80

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Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Buddy Ryan age 84

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John Fox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
John Fox age 60

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Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jeff Fisher age 57

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Marvin Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marvin Lewis age 57

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

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Wayne Fontes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Wayne Fontes age 75

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Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jack Del Rio age 52

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Jerry Glanville is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Greasy Neale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Greasy Neale Died at 82 (1891-1973)

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Buck Shaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Buck Shaw Died at 78 (1899-1977)