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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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1,026 456
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

2
704 407
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 57 (1913-1970)

3
561 319
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 88

4
552 298
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1924-2000)

5
560 292
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1931-2007)

6
498 237
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1932-2014)

7
479 261
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 82

8
407 200
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 78

9
305 173
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

10
363 238
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 77

11
309 132
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1908-1991)

12
318 258
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 75

13
227 177
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 91

14
218 165
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 93

15
267 291
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79

16
174 155
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1923-2005)

17
261 179
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61

18
221 181
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 72

19
233 156
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 63

20
196 153
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 82

21
178 153
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 70

22
158 122
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

23
167 190
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 66

24
127 198
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 81

25
193 157
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 60

26
196 257
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 46

27
153 174
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 55

28
169 97
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 67 (1898-1965)

29
171 206
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 67

30
140 110
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 74

31
141 92
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1924-2010)

32
116 93
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added age 86

33
124 86
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
88 86
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 78

35
87 149
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 55

36
88 105
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 91 (1907-1998)

37
96 164
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 87

38
107 135
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added age 55

39
91 130
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 56

40
98 146
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added age 55

41
59 35
Bum Phillips is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added Died at 90 (1923-2013)

42
77 85
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 92 (1911-2003)

43
53 88
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 83

44
45 63
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added age 62

45
45 88
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added age 55

46
53 119
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 63

47
32 55
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 57

48
37 53
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 56

49
44 156
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 60

50
20 62
Greasy Neale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Died at 82 (1891-1973)