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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
Dan Reeves Age: 75

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rome, Georgia

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Daniel Edward Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football running back and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 38 years in the NFL, Reeves ...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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Michael Smith or Mike Smith may refer to:
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Jerry Glanville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Perrysburg, Ohio, USA

Jerry Michael Glanville (born October 14, 1941) is an American football coach who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Vipers of the new XFL (2020), slated to begin play in ...more
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Leeman Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 81

Nationality: United States of America

Leeman Bennett (born June 20, 1938) 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 ...more
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Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1926-1983)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Parade, South Dakota

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams

Norman Mack Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), nicknamed "The Dutchman" was an American football quarterback, punter, and coach in the National Football League. He was ...more

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Marion Campbell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 90

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chester, South Carolina

Francis Marion Campbell (May 25, 1929 – July 13, 2016) was an American football defensive lineman and coach. He played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1949 until 1951, where he ...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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Orange, Texas, USA

Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He also served two stints as ...more
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Emmitt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 76

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Angleton, Texas

Emmitt Earl Thomas (born June 3, 1943) is a former American football coach and cornerback. He most recently served as the defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National ...more

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Jim L. Mora is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

James Lawrence Mora (born November 19, 1961) is an American football coach who was most recently the head coach of the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference. Prior to taking the job at UCLA, Mora ...more
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Jim Hanifan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 86
James Martin Michael Hanifan (born September 21, 1933 in Compton, California) is a longtime American football coach and former head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. He ...more
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June Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Oregon Ducks football, Toronto Argonauts, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

June Sheldon Jones III (born February 19, 1953) is an American football coach and former player who currently serves as head coach and general manager of the Houston Roughnecks. Jones was the ...more
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Dan Henning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Daniel Ernest Henning, (born June 21, 1942) is a former American football player and coach. A quarterback, he played college football at the College of William & Mary and professional ...more
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Norb Hecker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Norb Hecker Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Berea, Ohio

Norbert Earl Hecker (May 26, 1927 – March 14, 2004) was an American football player and coach who was part of eight National Football League championship teams, but may be best remembered as the ...more
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Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lewistown, Montana

Robert Patrick Petrino (born March 10, 1961) is an American football coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals football team from 2014 until ...more
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Pat Peppler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time
Pat Peppler Age: 97
Albert Patterson Peppler (April 16, 1922 – June 23, 2015) was an American football coach and executive who worked for teams that won five National Football League (NFL) titles. He may be best ...more