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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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1
1,245 524
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
2
818 460
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)
3
636 335
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
4
648 378
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 89
5
623 344
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)
6
569 270
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)
7
547 303
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 83
8
450 241
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79
9
431 268
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 78
10
354 200
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
11
354 160
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)
12
350 296
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 76
13
255 204
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 92
14
320 329
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 80
15
249 189
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 94
16
195 177
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)
17
292 209
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 62
18
257 216
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 73
19
271 188
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 64
20
221 180
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 83
21
200 177
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 71
22
243 184
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61
23
192 215
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 67
24
184 143
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
25
141 220
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 82