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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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804 356
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

2
559 316
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
450 236
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
452 248
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
449 264
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 88

6
398 195
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
368 214
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added John Madden age 82

8
308 170
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs age 78

9
245 141
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
288 188
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 77

11
240 111
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
252 213
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Johnson age 75

13
172 142
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 91

14
174 131
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 93

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

15
135 120
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Hank Stram Died at 82 (1923-2005)

16
205 241
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Ditka age 79

17
177 135
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 72

18
194 149
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Bill Cowher age 61

19
155 121
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 82

20
176 130
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 63

21
148 118
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Mike Holmgren age 70

The Best Traffic & Navigation Apps

22
98 161
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 81

23
128 158
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 66

24
138 71
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

25
165 206
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 46

26
116 102
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

27
133 167
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Pete Carroll age 67

28
113 69
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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132 131
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Andy Reid age 60

30
109 145
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sean Payton age 55

31
105 93
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 74

32
100 65
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
90 74
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added Chuck Knox age 86

34
71 57
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added George Seifert age 78

35
71 102
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Mike McCarthy age 55

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
83 88
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added Jon Gruden age 55

37
66 83
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
69 133
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added Buddy Ryan age 87

39
66 99
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added John Harbaugh age 56

40
55 63
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sid Gillman Died at 92 (1911-2003)

41
69 110
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added Jim Harbaugh age 55

42
28 19
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)

The Absolute Hottest NFL Wives

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37 61
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jim E. Mora age 83

44
32 34
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added Mike Zimmer age 62

45
35 54
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added Jack Del Rio age 55

46
38 114
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Jeff Fisher age 60

47
22 28
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Ron Rivera age 56

48
8 19
John McKay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added John McKay Died at 78 (1923-2001)

49
27 27
Ass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Arif Ariff added Ass

50
17 33
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Gary Kubiak age 57