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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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567 244
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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2
403 231
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Vince Lombardi Died at 57 (1913-1970)

3
345 170
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Walsh Died at 76 (1931-2007)

4
346 192
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 87

5
336 180
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

6
297 147
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
268 158
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added John Madden age 79

8
227 121
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs age 75

9
188 111
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
214 147
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 74

11
182 87
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
193 158
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Johnson age 72

13
129 116
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 88

14
135 106
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 90

15
170 183
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Ditka age 76

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110 96
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Hank Stram Died at 82 (1923-2005)

17
155 113
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Bill Cowher age 58

18
134 103
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 69

19
115 100
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 79

20
114 95
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Mike Holmgren age 67

21
127 94
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 60

22
83 127
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 78

23
135 153
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 43

24
102 124
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 63

25
107 95
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Andy Reid age 57

26
100 127
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Pete Carroll age 66

27
105 56
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

28
82 78
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

29
83 114
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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86 53
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

31
83 73
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 71

32
68 60
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added Chuck Knox age 83

33
79 49
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
58 57
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added Jon Gruden age 54

35
55 70
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Mike McCarthy age 52

36
46 41
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added George Seifert age 75

37
56 70
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added John Harbaugh age 55

38
52 66
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Weeb Ewbank Died at 91 (1907-1998)

39
52 80
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added Jim Harbaugh age 54

40
48 103
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Buddy Ryan age 84

41
44 53
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
29 45
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jim E. Mora age 80

43
25 33
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added Jack Del Rio age 52

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10 3
Bum Phillips is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added Bum Phillips Died at 90 (1923-2013)

45
26 80
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jeff Fisher age 57

46
33 68
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added John Fox age 60

47
9 14
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Gary Kubiak age 54

48
12 17
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added Mike Zimmer age 59

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3 4
John McKay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added John McKay Died at 78 (1923-2001)

50
9 12
Jason Garrett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jason Garrett age 51