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The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time  

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There have been many Atlanta Falcons coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best Atlanta Falcons coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Atlanta Falcons coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down. The Falcons have unfortunately never won a Super Bowl, but they've had some great head coaches nonetheless.
 
Mike Smith coached the team for 6 seasons from 2008-2014, seeing mild success with 5 playoff appearances.  He was named AP NFL Coach of the Year his first year with the team. Dan Reeves brought the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1998, ultimately losing to the Denver Broncos 34-19. However Atlanta was a dominant force that year finishing the regular season with a 14-2 record. Which of these two would you put over the other?
 
Who is the greatest Atlanta Falcons coach of all time? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.
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Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 75
Daniel Edward "Dan" Reeves is a former American football player and head coach. He has participated in more Super Bowls as player and coach than anyone else. He played in two Super ...more
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Dan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 28
Dan Quinn is an American Football defensive back for the Western Michigan Broncos.
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Mike Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 60
Mike Smith, is an American football coach. He is the former head coach for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons, a position he held from 2008 to 2014. He previously served as the ...more
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Jerry Glanville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 78
Jerry Glanville is a former American football player and coach, former NASCAR driver and owner, and sportscaster in the United States. He served as Head Football Coach of the Houston Oilers from ...more
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Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1926-1983)
Norman Mack "Norm" Van Brocklin, nicknamed "The Dutchman", was an American football quarterback, punter, and coach in the National Football League. He was inducted into the ...more
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Leeman Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 81
Leeman Bennett is a former American football coach who served at both the collegiate and professional levels, but is most prominently remembered as head coach of the National Football League's ...more
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June Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 66
June Sheldon Jones, III is an American football coach and former NFL player. He was the head football coach at Southern Methodist University, where he served as head coach from 2008-2014, before ...more
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Wade Phillips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 72
Harold Wade Phillips is the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. He is the former head coach of the National Football League's Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. He was ...more
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Jim L. Mora is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 58
James Lawrence "Jim" Mora is an American football coach, currently the head coach of the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference. Mora was the head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons from ...more
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Dan Henning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 77
Daniel Ernest Henning, is a former American football player and coach. A quarterback, he played college football at the College of William & Mary and professional football in 1966 for the ...more
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Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 76
Emmitt Earl Thomas is currently the secondary coach of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. He is a former college and professional football player who played for the American ...more
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Jim Hanifan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 86
James Martin Michael "Jim" Hanifan is a longtime American football coach and former head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. He compiled a career record of 39-53-1.
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Norb Hecker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Norb Hecker Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)
Norbert Earl Hecker was an American football player and coach who was part of eight National Football League championship teams, but may be best remembered as the first head coach of the NFL's ...more
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Marion Campbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 90
Francis Marion Campbell is a former American football defensive lineman and coach. Campbell played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1949 until 1951, where he was appropriately ...more
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Pat Peppler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Pat Peppler age 97
Albert Patterson Peppler is a former football coach and executive who worked for teams that won five National Football League titles. He may be best remembered for serving as head coach of the ...more
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Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
age 58
Robert Patrick "Bobby" Petrino is an American football coach, currently the head coach at Louisville. From 2008 to 2011, he coached the University of Arkansas until his dismissal in ...more