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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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674 385
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 57 (1913-1970)

2
984 433
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

3
538 277
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1931-2007)

4
536 307
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 88

5
531 289
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1924-2000)

6
477 230
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1932-2014)

7
461 247
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 82

8
386 191
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 78

9
350 224
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 77

10
291 168
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

11
291 127
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1908-1991)

12
306 244
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 75

13
218 168
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 91

14
212 156
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 93

15
168 146
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1923-2005)

16
254 281
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79

17
247 174
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61

18
211 172
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 72

19
189 145
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 82

20
219 152
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 63

21
168 143
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 70

22
122 188
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 81

23
158 183
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 66

24
151 115
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

25
181 149
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 60

26
186 247
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 46

27
158 92
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 67 (1898-1965)

28
140 169
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 55

29
161 199
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 67

30
136 104
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 74

31
133 87
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1924-2010)

32
109 89
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added age 86

33
116 82
George Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Died at 72 (1918-1990)

34
84 135
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 55

35
103 124
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added age 55

36
91 156
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 87

37
81 82
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 78

38
82 102
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 91 (1907-1998)

39
53 32
Bum Phillips is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added Died at 90 (1923-2013)

40
83 125
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 56

41
72 80
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 92 (1911-2003)

42
90 139
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added age 55

43
49 82
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 83

44
43 55
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added age 62

45
44 80
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added age 55

46
36 47
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 56

47
41 146
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 60

48
29 50
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 57

49
47 116
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 63

50
18 58
Greasy Neale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Died at 82 (1891-1973)