football The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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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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Vince Lombardi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Vince Lombardi Died at 57 (1913-1970)

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Bill Belichick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Bill Walsh 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Walsh Died at 76 (1931-2007)

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Don Shula 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Shula age 87

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Tom Landry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Landry Died at 76 (1924-2000)

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Chuck Noll 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Chuck Noll Died at 82 (1932-2014)

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John Madden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
John Madden age 81

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George Halas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
George Halas Died at 88 (1895-1983)

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Bill Parcells 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 76

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Joe Gibbs 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Joe Gibbs age 77

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Paul Brown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Paul Brown Died at 83 (1908-1991)

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Jimmy Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Johnson age 74

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Mike Ditka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Ditka age 78

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Bud Grant 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bud Grant age 90

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Marv Levy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 92

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Hank Stram 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Hank Stram Died at 82 (1923-2005)

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Tom Coughlin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Coughlin age 71

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+ - 114 77
Bill Cowher 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Cowher age 60

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Dick Vermeil 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 81

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Tom Flores 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tom Flores age 80

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Mike Tomlin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Tomlin age 45

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Mike Holmgren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Holmgren age 69

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Mike Shanahan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike Shanahan age 65

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Tony Dungy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Tony Dungy age 62

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Andy Reid 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Andy Reid age 59

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Curly Lambeau 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Curly Lambeau Died at 67 (1898-1965)

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Pete Carroll 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Pete Carroll age 66

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Marty Schottenheimer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Sean Payton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sean Payton age 54

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Chuck Knox 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Chuck Knox age 85

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Don Coryell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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Dan Reeves 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves age 73

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John Harbaugh 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
John Harbaugh age 55

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Mike McCarthy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Mike McCarthy age 54

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Jon Gruden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jon Gruden age 54

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George Allen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
George Allen Died at 72 (1918-1990)

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George Seifert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Jim Harbaugh 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jim Harbaugh age 54

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Weeb Ewbank 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Weeb Ewbank Died at 91 (1907-1998)

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Jim E. Mora 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jim E. Mora age 82

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Buddy Ryan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Buddy Ryan age 86

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John Fox 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
John Fox age 62

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Jeff Fisher 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jeff Fisher age 59

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Marvin Lewis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marvin Lewis age 59

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Sid Gillman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Sid Gillman Died at 92 (1911-2003)

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Wayne Fontes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Wayne Fontes age 77

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Jack Del Rio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Jack Del Rio age 54

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Jerry Glanville 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

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Greasy Neale 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Greasy Neale Died at 82 (1891-1973)

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Buck Shaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Buck Shaw Died at 78 (1899-1977)