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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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734 315
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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2
499 285
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
421 240
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 87

4
412 227
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

5
412 216
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
359 184
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
336 194
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added John Madden age 79

8
284 152
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs age 77

9
228 132
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
268 174
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 74

11
221 102
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
232 192
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Johnson age 74

13
156 133
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 88

14
159 125
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 90

15
125 113
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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195 222
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Ditka age 78

17
165 123
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 69

18
174 139
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Bill Cowher age 58

19
142 113
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 79

20
163 115
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 62

21
138 111
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Mike Holmgren age 69

22
92 151
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 80

23
120 148
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 63

24
156 189
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 45

25
129 66
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
107 94
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

27
126 153
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Pete Carroll age 66

28
106 66
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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124 118
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Andy Reid age 57

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99 136
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sean Payton age 52

31
97 88
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 73

32
92 61
George Allen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
wiabux added George Allen Died at 72 (1918-1990)

33
82 71
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added Chuck Knox age 85

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67 91
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Mike McCarthy age 52

35
74 78
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added Jon Gruden age 54

36
59 54
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added George Seifert age 75

37
62 78
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
63 123
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Buddy Ryan age 84

39
64 89
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added John Harbaugh age 55

40
52 60
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sid Gillman Died at 92 (1911-2003)

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62 100
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added Jim Harbaugh age 54

42
22 15
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)

43
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 82

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32 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 54

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29 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 59

46
36 103
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jeff Fisher age 57

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 55

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22 21
Ass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Arif Ariff added Ass

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18 17
Bruce Arians is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bruce Arians age 63

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)