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

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Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Vince Lombardi Died at 57 (1913-1970)

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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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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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Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 88

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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
carlybobarly added John Madden age 82

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

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George Halas is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 77

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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 75

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

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

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

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

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Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 72

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Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Bill Cowher age 61

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

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Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Mike Holmgren age 70

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Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 63

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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

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

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Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 46

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Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

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Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Pete Carroll age 67

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Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Andy Reid age 60

The Best Current NFL Helmets

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Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sean Payton age 55

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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 74

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

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

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

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

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George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added George Seifert age 78

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Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Buddy Ryan age 87

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

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John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added John Harbaugh age 56

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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added Jim Harbaugh age 55

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

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Bum Phillips is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added Bum Phillips Died at 90 (1923-2013)

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

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

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Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added Mike Zimmer age 62

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Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jeff Fisher age 60

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

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

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

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John McKay is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added John McKay Died at 78 (1923-2001)