The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time

List Rules
Vote up the coaches you believe had the best impact on the team.

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 voting up your personal favorite Detroit Lions coaches. 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. Many consider Fontes to be one of the best in the Detroit Lions coaching history. 

Since 1996, there have been eight different Lions head coaches, including names like Dick Jauron, Bobby Ross, and most recently Jim Schwartz. Jim Caldwell was the head coach from 2014 until 2017. This list has former Lions coaches, as well as current coaches. If one of the Detroit Lions past coaches is your favorite of all time, then be sure to vote them up! 

Who is the greatest Detroit Lions coach of all time? Let us know by voting for your favorite head coaches below - the ones you believe really made an impact on the franchise.

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Ranked by
  • Joe Schmidt
    1
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Wayne Fontes
      2
      New Bedford, Massachusetts
      • Jim Caldwell
        3
        Beloit, Wisconsin
        • Buddy Parker
          4
          Slaton, Texas
          • Earl "Dutch" Clark
            5
            Fowler, Colorado
            • George "Potsy" Clark
              6
              Carthage, Illinois
              • George Wilson
                7
                Glenside, Abington Township, Pennsylvania
                • Dan Campbell
                  8
                  Clifton, Texas
                  • Monte Clark
                    9
                    Kingsburg, California
                    • Gary Moeller
                      10
                      Lima, Ohio
                      • Bobby Ross
                        11
                        Richmond, Virginia
                        • Steve Mariucci
                          12
                          Iron Mountain, Michigan
                          • Jim Schwartz
                            13
                            Baltimore, Halethorpe, Maryland
                            • Harry Gilmer
                              14
                              Birmingham, Alabama
                              • Hal Griffin
                                15

                                Hal Griffin

                                Detroit, Michigan
                                • Don McCafferty
                                  16
                                  Cleveland, Ohio
                                  • Gus Henderson
                                    17
                                    Oberlin, Ohio
                                    • Gus Dorais
                                      18
                                      Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
                                      • Rick Forzano
                                        19
                                        Akron, Ohio
                                        • John Karcis
                                          20
                                          Monaca, Pennsylvania
                                          • Dick Jauron
                                            21
                                            Peoria, Illinois
                                            • Bo McMillin
                                              22
                                              Prairie Hill, Texas
                                              • Bill Edwards
                                                23
                                                • Robert Prince
                                                  24
                                                  Okinawa, Japan
                                                  • Tommy Hudspeth
                                                    25
                                                    Cherryvale, Kansas