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Top NFL Coaches of All Time: Reid On the Rise

The NFL has featured its share of iconic coaches. Some of the recognizable franchises, like the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys, could have failed without their legendary coaches.

We could be witnessing another dynasty after Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs won their second Super Bowl since 2019. Kansas City could be in line for another ring, as NFL odds have the Chiefs as the favorite for Super Bowl 58 (+650). Reid’s success calls for a revisit of the NFL’s best coaches of all time.

Top NFL Coaches of All Time: Reid On the Rise
Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots | Winslow townson/getty images/afp

10. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Record: 247-138-1 (.641 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won two Super Bowls

After winning his second Super Bowl with the Chiefs, Reid is rising on the all-time list. He made five NFC championship games with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-08. However, Reid could not get over the hump. He made only one Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2004, which was a 24-21 loss against the New England Patriots. Reid has established a dynasty with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. This is one of the best coach-quarterback pairings of all time. Reid could have more hardware ahead with NFL lines favoring the Chiefs for a Super Bowl repeat.

9. Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys

  • Record: 250-162-6 (.607 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won two Super Bowls

The Cowboys are one of the most iconic franchises in the NFL. The franchise broke through in the early 1970s, becoming “America’s Team.” Tom Landry was the coach behind the success. From 1970-78, Dallas won five NFC championships and two Super Bowls. Landry coached the Cowboys for 29 consecutive seasons, tying Curly Lambeau for the all-time record.

8. Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Record: 193-148-1 (.566 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won four Super Bowls

Chuck Noll is responsible for four of the Steelers’ six Super Bowl wins. Noll led the 1970s dynasty, which featured the Steel Curtain and running back Franco Harris. Noll has underwhelming success from 1980-91. However, he won four Super Bowls from 1974-79. We cannot discount that. Noll ranks second with four Super Bowl wins.

7. George Halas, Chicago Bears

  • Record: 318-148-31 (.682 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won six league championships

George Halas was only 25 when he became the Chicago Bears’ head coach in 1920. He was a player, coach, and co-owner of the franchise from 1921-29. Talk about a jack of all trades. Halas coached the Bears for 40 years – the longest tenure in NFL history. Chicago enjoyed plenty of success during his reign, including six NFL championships before the merger in 1966. After putting the franchise on the map, Halas donned the name “Papa Bear.”

6. Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns

  • Record: 213-104-9 (.672 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won seven league championships

The Cleveland Browns were established in 1944, making them one of the oldest franchises in the NFL. The Browns that we know today are a laughing stock. However, Cleveland was feared when Paul Brown was steering the ship from 1946-62. The Browns won seven league championships from 1946-55 – four in the AAFC and three in the NFL. Brown also coached the Cincinnati Bengals from 1968-75. The Bengals had only two double-digit win seasons during the span.

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5. Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins

  • Record: 154-94 (.621 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won three Super Bowls

The Washington Commanders have been a mess in recent years. Washington fans are hoping new ownership will spark a change with Josh Harris focusing on “changing the culture.” It wasn’t always like this. The glory days were led by Joe Gibbs, who led the team from 1981-2007 with three Super Bowl titles. Washington’s iconic teams were coached by Gibbs, like the Hogs during the 1980s and early 1990s.

4. Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers

  • Record: 92-59-1 (.609 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won three Super Bowls

Bill Walsh has one of the shortest head coaching careers among all-time greats. He was the head man of the 49ers from 1979-88. This was his first and only head coaching gig in the NFL. San Francisco was up and down during his first four seasons, but it won Super Bowl 16 in the 1981 season – a sign of things to come. The dominance kicked off during Walsh’s final six seasons. During the stretch, San Francisco reached double-digit wins in every season and won two more Super Bowls. Along with his three Super Bowl rings, Walsh developed the West Coast offense, which is perhaps the most popular and successful offense in the modern-day NFL.

3. Don Shula, Miami Dolphins

  • Record: 328-156-6 (.677 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won two Super Bowls

Don Shula began his head coaching career with the Baltimore Colts. He had several successful seasons, including a conference title in 1968. Shula’s tenure with the Miami Dolphins from 1970-95 made him an all-time great. Miami had one of the most dominant runs in NFL history with back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1972 and 1973. Shula’s crowning achievement was leading the Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history with a 17-0 finish in 1972.

2. Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers

  • Record: 96-34-6 (.738 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won five NFL championships

Vince Lombardi is the epitome of winning. The Super Bowl Trophy is named after Lombardi. That says enough. While Lambeau put the Packers on the map, Lombardi took the franchise to greater heights. Before the merger, Lombardi led Green Bay to three NFL championships. His dominance continued with back-to-back titles to kick off the Super Bowl era.

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

  • Record: 298-152 (.662 win percentage)
  • Feats: Won six Super Bowls

All-time greats will always be measured by championships. No coach stacks up to Bill Belichick’s resume. The Belichick-Tom Brady dynasty with the New England Patriots is the greatest coach-quarterback pairing of all time. The two won six Super Bowls from 2001-18. Some have questioned if Belichick is a product of Brady’s success. However, the Pats have consistently boasted strong defenses, which is Belichick’s expertise. The greatest NFL coach of all time is searching for his first playoff win since Brady’s departure in 2020.

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