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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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523 299
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Vince Lombardi Died at 57 (1913-1970)

2
762 333
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

3
429 238
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

4
433 250
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 88

5
428 228
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Walsh Died at 76 (1931-2007)

6
373 191
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Chuck Noll Died at 82 (1932-2014)

7
351 202
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added John Madden age 82

8
293 161
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs age 78

9
237 135
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
George Halas Died at 88 (1895-1983)

10
277 181
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 77

11
232 107
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Paul Brown Died at 83 (1908-1991)

12
239 204
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Johnson age 75

13
165 138
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 91

14
165 128
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 93

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

15
132 116
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Hank Stram Died at 82 (1923-2005)

16
200 234
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Ditka age 79

17
171 130
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 72

18
185 144
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Bill Cowher age 61

19
148 118
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 82

20
169 122
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 63

21
146 113
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Mike Holmgren age 70

The Best Video Games of 2015

22
93 155
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 81

23
160 196
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 46

24
121 153
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 66

25
133 69
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

26
108 98
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

27
130 159
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Pete Carroll age 67

28
109 67
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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128 124
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Andy Reid age 60

30
105 141
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sean Payton age 55

31
101 89
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 74

32
87 71
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added Chuck Knox age 86

33
96 62
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)

34
68 94
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Mike McCarthy age 55

35
79 80
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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36
66 54
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added George Seifert age 78

37
65 79
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Weeb Ewbank Died at 91 (1907-1998)

38
67 126
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Buddy Ryan age 87

39
65 92
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added John Harbaugh age 56

40
66 102
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added Jim Harbaugh age 55

41
53 60
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sid Gillman Died at 92 (1911-2003)

42
24 16
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)

The Absolute Hottest NFL Wives

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36 56
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

44
33 48
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

45
30 31
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

46
37 105
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jeff Fisher age 60

47
19 25
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Ron Rivera age 56

48
25 22
Ass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Arif Ariff added Ass

49
19 17
Bruce Arians is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bruce Arians age 66

50
6 16
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)