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From Lombardi to the Tuna: The 30 Best Coaches in NFL History

Over the last 60 years or so, we have seen some great NFL football head coaches come and go. Some you have loved, some you have hated, but there’s no denying their greatness.

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30. Lou Saban

Birth:
October 13, 1921; Brookfield, IL

Player:
AAFC Cleveland Browns (quarterback)

The Head Coach Years:
1960-1961 Boston Patriots
1962-1965 Buffalo Bills
1967-1971 Denver Broncos
1972-1976 Buffalo Bills

Head Coach Record: 95-99-7

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29. George Seifert

Birth:
January 22, 1940; San Francisco, CA

Pre-Head Coach Years:
1980 -1982 defensive backs coach (San Francisco 49ers)
1983 – 1988 defensive coordinator (San Francisco 49ers)

The Head Coach Years:
1989-1996 (San Francisco 49ers)
1999 – 2001 (Carolina Panthers)

Career Record:
114-62-0 (regular season)
10-5 (post season)

Super Bowls:
1990 Super Bowl XXIV (win over Denver Broncos 55-10)
1995 Super Bowl XXIX (win over San Diego Chargers 49-26)

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28. Jim Mora

Birth:
May 24, 1935; Glendale, CA
Pre Head Coach Years:

Coaching college football:
Occidental College (head coach)
Stanford University
University of Colorado
UCLA
University of Washington

Pro Football:
1978-1981 Seattle Seahawks (defensive line coach)
1982 New England Patriots
1983 – 1985 Head Coach for the Philadelphia/ Baltimore Stars in the United States Football League

The Head Coach Years:
1986 – 1996 New Orleans Saints
1998 – 2001 Indianapolis Colts

Career Record: 125-112-0

Post Head Coach Career:
Sports radio commentator from 2002- 2006

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27. Mike Ditka

Birth:
October 18, 1939; Carnegie, PA

NFL Football Player:
1961- 1966 Chicago Bears (tight end)
1967 – 1968 Philadelphia Eagle (tight end)
1969 – 1972 Dallas Cowboys (tight end)

Pre Head Coach Years:
1973 – 1981 Dallas Cowboys (assistant coach)

The Head Coach Years:
1982 – 1992 Chicago Bears
1997 – 1999 New Orleans Saints

Career Record as Head Coach: 121-95-0

Awards:
1985, 1988 United Press International NFL Coach of the Year
1988 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1985 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1985, 1988 Associated Press NDL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls (as head coach):
1986 Super Bowl XX (win over New England Patriots 46-10

Post Head Coach Career:
Sportscaster and commentator

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26. Dick Vermeil

Birth:
October 30, 1936; Calistoga, CA

Pre NFL Head Coach Years:
1965 -1968 Stanford University (coached the freshmen team)
1969, 1971 – 1973 Los Angeles Rams (special teams coach) – First special teams coach ever in the NFL
1970 UCLA (assistant coach)
1974 – 1975 UCLA (head coach)

The Head Coach Years:
1976 – 1982 Philadelphia Eagles
1997 – 1999 St. Louis Rams
2001 – 2005 Kansas City Cheifs

Career Record as Head Coach: 126-114-0

Awards:
1978 United Press International NFL Coach of the Year
1979, 1999 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1979, 1999 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1999 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year
1999, 2003 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1981 Super Bowl XV (loss to Oakland Raiders 27-10)
2000 Super Bowl XXXIV (win over Tennessee Titans 23-16)

Post Head Coach Career:
Sportscaster

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25. John Madden

Birth:
April 10, 1936; Austin, Minnesota

NFL football player:
1958 Philadelphia Eagles (offensive tackle)

Pre NFL Head Coach Career:
1960 – 1961 Allan Hancock College (assistant coach)
1962 – 1963 Allan Hancock College (head coach)
1964 – 1966 San Diego State University (defensive assistant)
1967 – 1968 Oakland Raiders (linebackers coach)

The Head Coach Years:
1969 – 1978 Oakland Raiders

Career Record as Head Coach:
103-32-7 (regular season)
9-7 (post season)

Awards:
1969 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowl:
1977 Super Bowl XI (win over Minnesota Vikings 32-14)

Post Head Coach Career:
NFL sportscaster, video game mogul, and Tinactin Advocate

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24. Sid Gillman

Birth:
October 16, 1911; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Death:
January 3, 2003; Carlsbad, CA

AFL Football Player:
1936 Cleveland Rams

Pre Head Coach Years:
Denison University (assistant coach)
Ohio University (assistant coach)
Army (assistant coach)
Miami University (head coach)
University of Cincinnati (head coach)

The Head Coach Years:
1955 – 1959 Los Angeles Rams
1960 Los Angeles Chargers
1961 – 1971 San Diego Chargers
1973 – 1974 Houston Oilers

Career Record: 123-104-7

Post Head Coach Career:
Football coach consultant for Dick Vermeil when coaching the Philadelphia Eagles
Football coach consultant for Los Angeles Express (Unites States Football League)

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23. Steve Owen

Birth:
April 21, 1898; Cleo Springs, Oklahoma

Death:
May 17, 1964

Football Player:
1924 Kansas City Blues
1925 Canton Bulldogs
1925 – 1926 Kansas City Cowboys
1927 – 1932 New York Giants

Head Coach Career:
1930 – 1953 New York Giants
Career Record: 151-100-17

Post Head Coach Years:
Head Coach for other leagues: CFL (1959 – 1962) for the Toronto Argonauts, Calgary the Stampeders, and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders; UFL (1963) for the Syracuse Stormers

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22. Jimmy Johnson

Birth:
July 16, 1943; Port Arthur, TX

Pre NFL Head Coach Years:
1965 Louisiana Tech University (assistant coach)
1967 – 1968 Wichita State (assistant coach)
1970 – 1972 University of Oklahoma (defensive line coach)
1973 – 1976 Arkansas State University (defensive coordinator)
1977 – 1978 University of Pittsburgh (assistant)
1979 – 1983 Oklahoma State (head coach)
1984 – 1988 University of Miami (head coach)

The NFL Head Coach Years:
1989 – 1993 Dallas Cowboys
1996 – 1999 Miami Dolphins

Career Record:
80-64-0 (regular season)
9-4 (post season)

Super Bowls:
1993 Super Bowl XXVII (win over Buffalo Bills 52-17)
1994 Super Bowl XXVIII (win over Buffalo Bills 30-13)

Post Coaching Career:
Football analyst for FOX Sports

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21. Hank Stram

Birth:
January 3, 1923; Chicago, IL

Death:
July 4, 2005; Covington, LA

The Head Coach Years:
1960 – 1974 Dallas Texans/ Kansas City Chiefs
1976 – 1977 New Orleans Saints

Career Record:
131-97-10 (Regular Season)
5-3 (post season)

Awards:
1968 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1968 United Press International Coach of the Year

Championships:
1962, 1966, 1969 AFL Champion
1962 NFL Champion

Super Bowls:
1967 Super Bowl I (loss to Green Bay Packers 35-10)
1970 Super Bowl IV (win over Minnesota Vikings 23-7)

Post Coaching Career:
Sports commentator for CBS radio and television

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20. Earl “Curly” Lambeau

Birth:
April 9, 1898; Green Bay, WI

Death:
June 1, 1965

The Head Coach Years:
1919 – 1949 Green Bay Packers
1950 – 1951 Chicago Cardinals
1952 – 1953 Washington Redskins
Career Record: 229-134-22

NFL Championships:
1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944
Interesting Fact: The stadium in Green Bay was named after Earl Lambeau (Lambeau Field in September 1965).

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19. Chuck Knox

Birth: April 27, 1932; Sewickley, PA

Pre Head Coach Career:
1959 – 1960 Wake Forrest University (assistant coach)
1961 – 1962 University of Kentucky (assistant coach)
1963 – 1966 New York Jets (offensive line coach)
1967 – 1972 Detroit Lions (assistant coach)

The Head Coach Years:
1973 – 1977 Los Angeles Rams
1978 – 1982 Buffalo Bills
1983 – 1991 Seattle Seahawks
1992 – 1994 Los Angeles Rams
Career Record: 193-158-1

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18. Weeb Ewbank

Birth: May 6, 1907; Richmond, IN

Death: November 17, 1998

The Head Coach Years:
1954 – 1962 Baltimore Colts
1963 – 1973 New York Jets

Career Record: 130-129-7

Championships:
1958, 1959 NFL Championship
1968 AFL Championship

Super Bowl: 1969 Super Bowl III (win over the Baltimore Colts 16-7)

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17. Bill Parcells (Duane Charles Parcells)

Birth: August 22, 1941; Englewood, NJ

Pre NFL Head Coach Years:
1964 Hastings University (assistant coach)
1965 Wichita State (assistant coach)
1966 – 1967 Army (assistant coach – basketball)
1966 – 1969 Army (assistant coach)
1970 -1972 Florida State (assistant coach)
1973 – 1974 Vanderbilt (assistant coach)
1975 – 1977 Texas Tech (assistant coach)
1978 Air Force (head coach)

The NFL Head Coaching Years:
1983 – 1990 New York Giants
1993 – 1996 New England Patriots
1997 – 1999 New York Jets
2003 – 2006 Dallas Cowboys

Career Record:
172-130-1 (regular season)
11-8 (post season)

Awards:
1986, 1994 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year
1986, 1994 United Press International NFL Coach of the Year
1994 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year
1994, 1996 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1987 Super Bowl XXI (win over Denver Broncos 39-20)
1991 Super Bowl XXV (win over Buffalo Bills 20-19)
1997 Super Bowl XXXI (loss to Green Bay Packers 35-21)

Post Head Coach Career:
Current executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins

Interesting Fact: Parcels was once drafted by the Detroit Lions as a player, but was released before he could even play one game.

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16. Marv Levy

Birth: August 3, 1925; Chicago, IL

Pre NFL Head Coach Years:
1953 – 1954 Coe College (assistant coach)
1954 – 1958 University of New Mexico (assistant coach)
1958 – 1959 University of New Mexico (head coach)
1960 – 1963 University of California (head coach)
1964 – 1968 College of William and Mary (head coach)
1969 Philadelphia Eagles (kicking teams coach)
1970 Los Angeles Rams (special teams coach)
1971 – 1972 Washington Redskins (special teams coach)
1973 – 1977 Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League) – head coach
1984 Chicago Blitz (United States Football League) – head coach

The NFL Head Coaching Years:
1978 – 1982 Kansas City Chiefs
1986 – 1997 Buffalo Bills

Head Coach Record: 143-112

Awards:
1988 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1988, 1993 United Press International NFL Coach of the Year
Super Bowls:
1991 Super Bowl XXV (loss to New York Giants 20-19)
1992 Super Bowl XXVI (loss to Washington Redskins 37-24)
1993 Super Bowl XXVII (loss to Dallas Cowboys 52-17)
1994 Super Bowl XXVIII (loss to Dallas Cowboys 30-13)

Post Head Coach Career:
2006 – 2008 Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager for the Buffalo Bills

Interesting Fact: Levy was the only head coach to go to the Super Bowl in four consecutive years. He also broke another record with the Buffalo Bills. No NFL team or head coach has ever lost four consecutive Super Bowls.

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15. Marty Schottenheimer

Birth:
September 23, 1943; Canonsburg, PA

NFL Linebacker:
1965 – 1968 Buffalo Bills
1969 – 1970 Boston Patriots
1971 Baltimore Colts

Pre-Head Coach Years:
1974 Portland Storm (linebackers coach) (World Football League
1975 – 1976 New York Giants (linebackers coach)
1977 New York Giants (defensive coordinator)
1978 – 1979 Detroit Lions (linebackers coach)
1980 – 1984 Cleveland Browns (defensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coach Years:
1984 – 1988 Cleveland Browns
1989 – 1998 Kansas City Chiefs
2001 Washington Redskins
2002 – 2006 San Diego Chargers

Career Record:
200-126-1 (Regular Season)
5-13 (Postseason)

Awards:
1986, 1995 United Press International AFC Coach of the Year
2004 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year
2004 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
2004 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year

Post NFL Coaching Career:
Has been seen as a sports comentator on NFL Insider, SportsCenter, and NFL Live

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14. Bill Cowher

Birth:
May 8, 1957; Crafton, PA

Linebacker:
1979 Philadelphia Eagles
1980 – 1982 Cleveland Browns
1983 – 1984 Philadelphia Eagles

Pre-NFL Head Coaching Years:
1985 – 1986 Cleveland Browns (special teams coordinator)
1987 – 1988 Cleveland Browns (secondary coach)
1989 – 1991 Kansas City Chiefs (defensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1992 – 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers

Career Record:
149-90-1 (Regular season)
12-9 (Postseason)

Awards:
1992 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year
1992, 2004 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1996 Super Bowl XXX (loss to Dallas Cowboys 27-17)
2006 Super Bowl XL (win over Seattle Seahawks 21-10)

Post Head Coaching Career:
Football commentator on CBS network’s NFL Today

Interesting Fact: In 1996, Bill Cowher became the youngest head coach ever to lead his team to the Super Bowl at age 38.

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13. Mike Holmgren

Birth:
June 15, 1948; San Fransisco, CA

Quarterback:
In 1970, the St. Louis Cardinal drafted him, but he went to camp with the Cardinals and the New York Jets. He never played in an NFL game.

Pre-NFL Head Coaching Years:
1981 San Francisco State University (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach)
1982 – 1985 Brigham Young University (quarterbacks coach)
1986 – 1988 San Francisco 49ers (quarterbacks coach)
1989 – 1991 San Francisco 49ers (offensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1992 – 1998 Green Bay Packers
1999 – present Seattle Seahwaks

Career Record:
169-103-0 (Regular season)
13-11 (Postseason)

Super Bowls:
1997 Super Bowl XXXI (win over New England Patriots 35-21)
1998 Super Bowl XXXII (loss to Denver Broncos 31-24)
2006 Super Bowl XL (loss to Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10)

Interesting Fact: Mike Holmgren was the first and only coach to ever bring the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

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12. Dennis Green

Birth:
February 17, 1949; Harrisburg, PA
Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1981 – 1985 Northwestern University (head coach)
1986 – 1988 San Francisco 49ers (running backs coach)
1989 – 1991 Stanford University (head coach)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1992 – 2001 Minnesota Vikings
2004 – 2006 Arizona Cardinals

Career Record:
113-94-0 (Regular season)
4-8 (Postseason)

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11. Bud Grant

Birth:
May 20, 1927; Superior, WI

Player:
1950 NFL draft for the Philadelphia Eagles
1950 NBA draft for the Minneapolis Lakers
1950 – 1951 Minneapolis Lakers
1951 – 1952 Philadelphia Eagles (Defensive end in 1951, wide receiver in 1952)
1953 – 1956 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) (Offensive end)

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1957 – 1966 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) (Head Coach)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1967 – 1983, 1985 Minnesota Vikings

Career Record:
158-96-5 (Regular season)
10-12 (Postseason)

Super Bowls:
1971 Super Bowl IV (loss to Kansas City Chiefs 23-7)
1974 Super Bowl VIII (loss to Miami Dolphins 24-7)
1975 Super Bowl IX (loss to Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6)
1977 Super Bowl XI (loss to Oakland Raiders 32-14)

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10. Mike Shanahan

Birth:
August 24, 1952; Oak Park, IL

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1975 University of Oklahoma (offensive assistant)
1976 – 1977 Northern Arizona University (running backs coah)
1978 Eastern Illinois (offensive assistant)
1979 University of Minnesota (offensive assistant)
1980 – 1983 University of Florida (offensive assistant)
1984 – 1985 Denver Broncos (quarterbacks coach)
1986 – 1987 Denver Broncos (offensive coordinator)
1989 – 1991 Denver Broncos (quarterbacks coach)
1992 – 1994 San Francisco 49ers (offensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1988 – 1989 Los Angeles Raiders
1995 – present Denver Broncos

Career Record (as of the end of the 2007 season):
138-90-0 (Regular season)
8-5 (Postseason)

Super Bowls:
1998 Super Bowl XXXII (win over Green Bay 31-24)
1999 Super Bowl XXXIII (win over Atlanta 34-19)

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9. Dan Reeves

Birth:
January 19, 1934; Rome, Georgia

Player:
1965 – 1972 Dallas Cowboys (Halfback)
Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1972, 1974 – 1980 Dallas Cowboys (assistant)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1981 – 1992 Denver Broncos
1993 – 1996 New York Giants
1997 – 2003 Atlanta Falcons
Career Record: 190-165-2

Super Bowls:
1987 Super Bowl XXI (loss to New York Giants 39-20)
1988 Super Bowl XXII (loss to Washington Redskins 42-10)
1990 Super Bowl XXIV (loss to San Francisco 49ers 55-10)
1999 Super Bowl XXXIII (loss to Denver Broncos 34-19)

Post NFL Coaching Career:
Color analyst for radio network

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8. Bill Walsh

Birth:
November 30, 1931; Los Angeles, CA

Death:
July 30, 2007; Woodside, CA

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1966 Oakland Raiders (assistant)
1968 – 1975 Cincinnati Bengals (assistant)
1976 San Diego Chargers (assistant)
1977 – 1978, 1992 – 1994 Stanford University (Head coach)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1979 – 1988 San Francisco 49ers

Career Record:
92-59-1 (regular season)
10-4 (postseason)

Awards:
1977 Pac 8 Coach of the Year
1981 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1981 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1981, 1984 United Press International NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1982 Super Bowl XVI (win over Cincinnati Bengals 26-21)
1985 Super Bowl XIX (win over Miami Dolphins 38-16)
1989 Super Bowl XXIII (win over Cincinnati Bengals 20-16)

Post NFL Coaching Career:
Sportscaster for NBC network
Vice President and General Manager for San Francisco 49ers (1999 – 2001)
Special consultant for the 49ers (2002 – 2004)

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7. Joe Gibbs

Birth:
November 25, 1940; Mocksville, NC

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1964 – 1966 San Diego State University (offensive line coach)
1967 – 1968 Florida State University (offensive line coach)
1969 – 1970 Southern California University (offensive line coach)
1971 – 1972 Arkansas University (offensive line coach)
1973 – 1977 St. Louis Cardinals (running backs coach)
1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (offensive coordinator)
1979 – 1980 San Diego Chargers (offensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1981 – 1992, 2004 – 2008 Washington Redskins

Career Record:
154-94-0 (regular season)
17-7 (postseason)

Awards:
1982 United Press International NFL Coach of the Year
1982, 1983 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1982, 1983, 1991 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1982, 1983 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1983 Super Bowl XVII (win over Miami Dolphins 27-17)
1984 Super Bowl XVIII (loss to Los Angeles Raiders 38-9)
1989 Super Bowl XXII (win over Denver Broncos 42-10)
1990 Super Bowl XXVI (win over Buffalo Bills 37-24)

Post NFL Coaching Career:
NASCAR Championship team owner
Special advisor for the Washington Redskins (2008 – present)

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6. Paul Brown

Birth:
September 7, 1908; Norwalk, OH

Death:
August 5, 1991
Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1941 – 1943 Ohio State (head coach)
1944 – 1945 enlisted in the U.S. Navy

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1946 – 1962 Cleveland Browns
1968 – 1975 Cincinnati Bengals

Career Record:
170-108-6

Awards:
1949, 1951, 1953 Sporting News Coach of the Year
1957, 1969, 1970 United Press International Coach of the Year

Post NFL Coaching Career:
Owner of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1968 – 1991

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5. Vince Lombardi

Birth:
June 11, 1913; Brooklyn, New York

Death:
September 3, 1970; Washington D.C.

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1951 – 1958 New York Giants (offensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1959 – 1967 Green Bay Packers
1969 Washington Redskins

Career Record:
96-34-6 (Regular season)
9-1 (postseason)

Super Bowls:
1967 Super Bowl I (win over Kansas City Chiefs 35-10)
1968 Super Bowl II (win over Oakland Raiders 33-14)

Interesting Facts:
Due to his impact of the game of professional football in the 1960s and two consecutive Super Bowl wins in the very first Super Bowls, the trophy given to the winning Super Bowl team each year is called the Lombardi trophy. One of Vince Lombardi’s most famous quotes was, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

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4. George Halas

Birth:
February 2, 1895; Chicago, IL

Death:
October 31, 1983; Chicago, IL

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1919 New York Yankees (outfielder)
1920 – 1928 Decatur Staleys (1920), Chicago Staleys (1921), Chicago Bears

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1920 Decatur Staleys
1921 Chicago Staleys
1922 – 1929, 1933 – 1942, 1946 – 1955, 1958 – 1967 Chicago Bears

Career Record:
318-148-32 (regular season)
6-4 (post season)

Awards:
1963, 1965 Associated Press Coach of the Year
1963, 1965 Sporting News Coach of the Year
1963, 1965 United Press International Coach of the Year

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3. Chuck Noll

Birth:
January 5, 1932; Cleveland, Ohio

Player:
1953 – 1959 Cleveland Browns (guard/ linebacker)

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1960 – 1965 Los Angeles/ San Diego Chargers (defensive assistant)
1966 – 1968 Baltimore Colts (defensive assistant)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1969 – 1991 Pittsburgh Steelers

Career Record:
209-156-1

Awards:
1972 United Press International AFC Coach of the Year
1989 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1975 Super Bowl IX (win over Minnesota Vikings 16-6)
1976 Super Bowl X (win over Dallas Cowboys 21-17)
1979 Super Bowl XIII (win over Dallas Cowboys 35-31)
1980 Super Bowl XIV (win over Los Angeles Rams 31-19)

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2. Don Shula

Birth:
January 4, 1930; Grand River, OH

Player (Cornerback):
1951 – 1952 Cleveland Browns
1953 – 1956 Baltimore Colts
1957 Washington Redskins

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1958 University of Virginia (defensive backs coach)
1959 University of Kentucky (defensive backs coach)
1960 – 1962 Detroit Lions (defensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1963 – 1969 Baltimore Colts
1970 – 1995 Miami Dolphins

Career Record:
328-156-6 (Regular season)
19-17 (Postseason)

Super Bowls:
1969 Super Bowl III (loss to New York Jets 16-7)
1972 Super Bowl VI (loss to Dallas Cowboys 24-3)
1973 Super Bowl VII (win over Washington Redskins 14-7)
1974 Super Bowl VIII (win over Minnesota Vikings 24-7)
1983 Super Bowl XVII (loss to Washington Redskins 27-17)
1985 Super Bowl XIX (loss to San Francisco 49ers 38-16)

Post NFL Head Coaching Career:
Entrepreneur; opened a string of restaurants called Shula’s Steakhouse

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1. Tom Landry

Birth:
September 11, 1924; Mission, Texas

Death:
February 12, 2000

Player (Cornerback):
1949 New York Yankees (All-American Football Conference)
1950 – 1955 New York Giants

Pre NFL Head Coaching Years:
1954 – 1955 New York Giants (assistant coach)
1956 – 1959 New York Giants (defensive coordinator)

NFL Head Coaching Years:
1960 – 1988 Dallas Cowboys

Career Record:
250-162-6 (Regular season)
20-16 (Postseason)

Awards:
1966, 1975 United Press International Coach of the Year
1966 Associated Press Coach of the Year
1966 Sporting News Coach of the Year

Super Bowls:
1971 Super Bowl V (loss to Baltimore Colts 16-13)
1972 Super Bowl VI (win over Miami Dolphins 24-3)
1976 Super Bowl X (loss to Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17)
1978 Super Bowl XII (win over Denver Broncos 27-10)
1979 Super Bowl XIII (loss to Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31)

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  1. Very good info, thanks for the post.

  2. dale widolff says:

    great post…I am pleased that someone recognized the accomplishments of Jim Mora, he was much more than just a couple of sound bites.

    I think you have a pic of Bill Walsh for George Seifert…I would have rated him higher and Denny Green much lower. Tony Dungy? Bill Belechik?

    I would probably have them in my top 30, great job by you though.

  3. sportsmog says:

    Good eye Dale – don't know how I mixed them up (other then the fact they coached some of the greatest 49'ers ever!)

  4. dale widolff says:

    great job by you

  5. Confuzed says:

    I think that this list is great. I love the fact that a certain Patriots head coach isn't on here. However, why is Danny Green so high on the list? Why is Danny Green even on the list?

  6. Ham says:

    Dennis Green shouldnt be ahead of Parcells in my opinion. Funny that Belichek was left out but I don't like him considering I'm a Dolphin fan.

  7. jambi says:

    Say what you will about his methods, but Belichick should be on this list.
    The man won 3 in 4 years.

  8. This list is crap says:

    Dennis Green in the top 15?! No Bilichek, Madden at 25? Need to reorder this list.

  9. Throwbacks says:

    It’s not often I find a really good football article online, most are the same ole’ thing just rehashed.
    Thanks for posting something I could really sit down and read.

    Dave

  10. Bill Belichick says:

    You fuckin dick

  11. Touchdown Greg says:

    ummm where is george allen??

  12. Matt says:

    Seriously? you are retarded….no belichick

  13. Conor says:

    Dennis Green. Really? Lou Saban, LOSING RECORD AND NO RINGS. Reeves, Shanahan and Grant over Parcells? come on man.

  14. Vriesea says:

    Ignorant, Ignorant, Ignorant!

    Vince Lombardi, with 9 post season wins. He was winning championships before there was a superbowl. Oh and by the way isn't the trophy name after him.

    This dumb list was written by an idiot who has to be younger than 50.

    • RAY says:

      The man has a lot of great picks..I totally agree with you about Lombardi and Green….but my biggest beef is picking Landry #1 ….. Shula for example has 80 more wins and fewer losses than Landry and they never got the press Cowboys did….and I would rate Parcells higher simply because he has turned 3 or 4 teams from losers to winners overnight — a true test of a good coach.

  15. Joseph says:

    I don't know how anyone can leave Blanton Collier off this list. Collier coached the Cleveland Browns for 8 seasons. His career coaching record is 76W, 34L, and 2T for a .691 winning percentage. The winning percentage is the highest for a coach who has coached at least 100 games and is not in the HOF. During most of his era (1963 to 1970), there were only 14 teams in the NFL. No wild card teams at that time. His coaching adversaries were Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Tom Landry, George Halas, George Allen, and Bud Grant – all HOF coaches. The Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship in one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, beating the Colts 27-0. I put Collier in the top 10 to 15 alltime head coaches.

  16. MEATCUTS says:

    Where is Belicheck ?

  17. Patriotic says:

    wow, no bill belichek? 4 super bowls in 7 years, 3 world championships. 18 and 1 in 2007 where only a miracle catch keeps him from being 2nd guy in history to win 4, 4, 14 win seasons. who do you have to blow to get on the list? Tom Landry?