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There have been many Detroit Lions coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best Detroit Lions coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Detroit Lions coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down. Unfortunately the Lions have never even been to a Super Bowl, and are only one of four teams to hold that honor.
 
The Lions have not historically had a lot of playoff success, but Wayne Fontes coached the team to several playoff seasons during his run from 1988-1996. The Lions only went 1-4 during those appearances, but at least he helped them get there.
 
Since 1996 there have been 8 different Lions head coaches, including names like Dick Jauron, Bobby Ross, and most recently Jim Schwartz. The current head coach of the Detroit Lions is Jim Caldwell, having been with the team since 2014.
 
Who is the greatest Detroit Lions 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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Jim Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Jim Caldwell age 60

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Wayne Fontes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Wayne Fontes age 75

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Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Joe Schmidt age 83

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Buddy Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Buddy Parker Died at 69 (1913-1982)

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Earl "Dutch" Clark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Earl "Dutch" Clark

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Monte Clark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Monte Clark Died at 72 (1937-2009)

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George "Potsy" Clark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
George "Potsy" Clark

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Jim Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Jim Schwartz age 49

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George Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
George Wilson Died at 85 (1905-1990)

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Gus Henderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Gus Henderson Died at 76 (1889-1965)

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Gary Moeller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Gary Moeller age 74

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Don McCafferty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Don McCafferty Died at 53 (1921-1974)

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Hal Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Hal Griffin

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John Karcis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
John Karcis Died at 65 (1908-1973)

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Gus Dorais is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Gus Dorais Died at 63 (1891-1954)

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Bobby Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Bobby Ross age 79

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Harry Gilmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Harry Gilmer age 89

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Rick Forzano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Rick Forzano age 87

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Steve Mariucci is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time

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Darryl Rogers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Darryl Rogers age 80

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Bo McMillin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Bo McMillin Died at 57 (1895-1952)

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Bill Edwards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Bill Edwards age 95

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Tommy Hudspeth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Tommy Hudspeth age 84

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Marty Mornhinweg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time

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Dick Jauron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Dick Jauron age 67

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Rod Marinelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time
Rod Marinelli age 66