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Best Coaches in NFL History

Updated on August 4, 2017

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Don Shula coached the 72 Dolphins to an undefeated season and a Super Bowl win. They are the only team to accomplish this feat.
Don Shula coached the 72 Dolphins to an undefeated season and a Super Bowl win. They are the only team to accomplish this feat. | Source
Bill parcels is one if the best coaches in NFL history. He is known for taking teams and making  them better on offense and defense.
Bill parcels is one if the best coaches in NFL history. He is known for taking teams and making them better on offense and defense. | Source
John Madden had a great career as a player, coach and broadcaster in the NFL. He coached the Oakland Raiders.
John Madden had a great career as a player, coach and broadcaster in the NFL. He coached the Oakland Raiders. | Source
Vince Lombardi won the first two Super Bowls ever played with his Green Bay Packers team. His dedication to his craft was and still is very inspirational.
Vince Lombardi won the first two Super Bowls ever played with his Green Bay Packers team. His dedication to his craft was and still is very inspirational. | Source

Legendary NFL Coaches

There are lots of great coaches in NFL history but the list below documents ten who stand out above the rest for one reason or another.

1. Don Shula: Shula went to the super bowl six times as the head coach. He also holds the record for the most games coached with 526. He presided over The Miami Dolphins undefeated season and Super Bowl in 1972. Shula has the most wins of any coach ever with 347. He was known to run drills in practice from morning till night. He was big on defense and the passing game was his offensive forte. If Shula built a solid lead the pass was often his reference to the run regardless.

2. Vince Lombardi: With a lifetime record of 105-35-6. What an amazing accomplishment. Lombardi was able to be a part of 5 league championships at The Green Bay Packers. He won the first two Super Bowls ever played and the Super Bowl trophy is now named after this Legend of the Grid Iron. He put lots of focus on defense and on offense he loved to get the lead and run the clock. Lombardi was a true wordsmith who really motivated his players by his words and his actions. This name should sound familiar in that, there is a Vince Lombardi trophy which is awarded to the team with the most wins in the NFL. This is what you play for.

3. George Halas: Halas won six championships during his forty years with The Chicago Bears. He created the Triple T offense and coached The Bears to 318 total wins. Halas was a defensive coach who believed in running the clock. He also liked his quarterback to throw short passes and screen passes. A good coach when it came to getting the lead and controlling the clock.

4. Chuck Null: Null lead The Pittsburgh Steelers to 4 Super Bowls rings in six years. He coached the steel curtain for twenty three years and more than two hundred games. Null was a defensive specialist who loved running blitz and other quarterback pressure plays.He is known for calling some very surprising yet effective defensive plays.

5. Tom Landry: He lead The Cowboys to 20 straight winning seasons and 20 playoff wins during his tenure as coach. He invented the 4-3 defense. He lead The Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins. He concentrated heavily on the run and of course defense. Landry was also great and mounting comebacks and his teams almost always performed well in the second half of games.

6. Bill Walsh: He lead the San Fransisco 49ers to three Super Bowl rings and had a career winning percentage .609. He went 10-4 in the playoffs and was an offensive specialist. His whole life was spent with The 49ers. Even when he retired, he could not stay away from football. Walsh then worked as a sportscaster for many years and then coached at Stanford.

7. John Madden: Madden is the youngest ever coach to win 100 games. He never had a losing season in his entire coaching career. He won a Super Bowl Ring with The Oakland Raiders. John Madden mastered the west coach offense.

8. Bill Belichick: He has won 5 Super Bowl rings and has a post season record of 17-7. He has been named Coach of The Year on three separate occasions and has nearly 200 wins so far, as a coach. His standing may improve since he is still an active coach. Belichick is all business and nothing is good enough for him because he strives to be perfect which makes him a darned good head coach for sure.

9. Bill Parcells: He won 2 Super Bowls with 2 separate teams and 3 conference titles. His post season record was a respectable 11-8 and his regular season record was 172-130-1. He was serious about defense and running the ball on offense. Parcels could run the clock like a pro and if he had a slight lead he usually was gonna build on the lead or at least hold on to it.

10. Mike Ditka: Ditka compiled a record of 106 wins and 6 losses while he was the head coach of The Chicago Bears. Ditka won 6 NFC titles and a super bowl during his career as a coach. Ditka was also a great football player and brought that passion to his coaching.

* Please tell me who your favorite coach is or share your opinion on the NFL in general by leaving comments in the capsule located at the bottom of this hub.

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick has done wonders for the New England Patriots. He is a student of football and a legendary coach in the sport. o telling what this football great has left u his sleeve.
Bill Belichick has done wonders for the New England Patriots. He is a student of football and a legendary coach in the sport. o telling what this football great has left u his sleeve. | Source

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Which Is The Best?

College or Pro Football, Which is the best? I believe the NFL is superior because it consists of the very best college players in the world and they are bigger, stronger grown men. They say pro players play for money and college players play for love. Maybe so but athletes playing for millions will work even harder in order to keep the cash coming in. The best college football team and history would lose 70-3 against the worst NFL team in history and that is a fact not fiction.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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    • BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image

      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 5 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      A pretty good list but . . .

      It's Noll, not Null.

      And Chuckie should be #1, or at least ahead of Don Shula.

      You can't seriously put Shula over Noll when it's 1 to 4 Lombardi Trophies.

      Now I'll perhaps concede Lombardi and Halas over Noll.

      Just like you can't rate Dan Marino ahead of Terry Bradshaw on the all-time top quarterback list, what with 0 (zero) Super Bowl rings for Marino and 4 for Bradshaw. Marino was a great passer, but others were better quarterbacks.

      Not that I'm biased or anything.