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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
1,195 504
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

2
784 453
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)

3
615 319
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

4
607 331
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

5
627 367
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 89

6
551 265
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)

7
528 292
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 83

8
439 230
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79

9
413 261
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 78

10
338 192
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

11
342 152
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

12
340 288
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 76

13
246 195
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 92

14
307 316
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 80

15
240 180
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 94

16
192 168
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)

17
285 200
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 62

18
249 203
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 73

19
261 176
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 64

20
210 173
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 83

21
191 170
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 71

22
186 204
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 67

23
230 176
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61

24
138 213
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 82

25
175 137
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time