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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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932 412
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

2
637 368
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 57 (1913-1970)

3
514 265
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1931-2007)

4
506 276
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1924-2000)

5
507 300
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 88

6
458 220
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1932-2014)

7
434 238
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 82

8
368 185
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 78

9
335 213
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 77

10
279 162
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

11
278 125
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1908-1991)

12
292 235
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 75

13
204 164
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 91

14
202 150
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 93

15
161 138
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1923-2005)

16
239 272
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79

17
231 168
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61

18
203 164
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 72

19
180 140
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 82

20
206 148
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 63

21
166 134
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 70

22
117 182
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 81

23
151 175
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 66

24
138 113
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

25
178 234
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 46

26
153 88
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 67 (1898-1965)

27
163 146
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 60

28
154 189
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 67

29
127 102
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 74

30
127 163
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 55

31
128 85
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1924-2010)

32
106 87
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added age 86

33
113 79
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
101 107
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added age 55

35
81 123
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 55

36
79 77
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 78

37
84 150
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 87

38
78 99
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 91 (1907-1998)

39
79 118
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 56

40
68 77
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 92 (1911-2003)

41
85 130
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added age 55

42
46 32
Bum Phillips is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added Died at 90 (1923-2013)

43
46 79
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 83

44
40 50
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added age 62

45
43 73
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added age 55

46
33 42
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 56

47
41 139
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 60

48
26 48
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 57

49
44 110
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 63

50
33 50
Ass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
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