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NFL head coaches with the best winning percentages of all time

It is hard to win in the NFL, let alone winning consistently. These head coaches have the best winning percentages of all time.

 
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Guy Chamberlain: .784

Guy Chamberlain: .784
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Chamberlain coached six seasons from 1922-27. He went undefeated in his first two seasons with the Canton Bulldogs, starting his coaching career at age 28. The Bulldogs moved to Cleveland in his third season, then he went onto coach the Frankford Yellow Jackets and Chicago Cardinals, finishing his coaching career with four NFL Championships and a 58-16-7 record.

 
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John Madden: .759

John Madden: .759
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Now best known for his broadcasting career and the video game that bears his name, Madden coached the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons from 1969-78. He had a winning record in every season, won one Super Bowl, and finished his career with a 103-32-7 record.

 
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Vince Lombardi: .738

Vince Lombardi: .738
Focus on Sport

Widely considered the best football coach ever, the man who the Lombardi Trophy is named after coached nine season in Green Bay, and one year in Washington. He won three NFL Championships and two Super Bowls, finishing his career with a 96-34-6 record.

 
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George Allen: .712

George Allen: .712
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Allen coached 12 seasons between the Rams and Redskins and had a winning record in each season. He never won a Super Bowl, but finished his career with a 116-47-5 record.

 
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Jim Harbaugh: .695

Jim Harbaugh: .695
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Harbaugh's time in the NFL was brief and tumultuous but extremely successful. He turned the 49ers into winners over his four seasons, and lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens and his brother, John. He left for Michigan following the 2014 season with a record of 44-19-1.

 
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Tommy Hughitt: .694

Tommy Hughitt: .694
1913 University of Michigan yearbook

Hughitt coached five seasons from 1920-24 with the Buffalo football franchise. He finished his career with a 34-15-7 record, mostly due to a pair of nine-win seasons over his first two years.

 
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Blanton Collier: .691

Blanton Collier: .691
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Collier coached the Cleveland Browns from 1963-70. The Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964, and Collier reached 10 wins five times in his eight seasons.

 
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Ray Flaherty: .684

Ray Flaherty: .684
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Flaherty coached 11 seasons between the Redskins, New York Yankees, and Chicago Hornets from 1936-1949. He won two NFL Championships with the Redskins.

 
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George Halas: .682

George Halas: .682
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One of the most famous NFL head coaches ever, Halas led the Bears (formerly the Staleys) for 40 seasons. He won six NFL Championships and finished his career with a record of 318-148-31.

 
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Don Shula: .677

Don Shula: .677
Focus on Sport

Shula coached 33 seasons in the NFL, seven with the Baltimore Colts and 26 with the Dolphins. He won one NFL Championship with the Colts and two Super Bowls in Miami. Shula is best remembered for leading the NFL's only undefeated team, the 1972 Dolphins, who finished the season 17-0 following their Super Bowl win.

 
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Bill Belichick: .673

Bill Belichick: .673
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Widely regarded as the greatest modern-day NFL coach, Belichick is still going strong in his 17th season with the Patriots. He also coached the Browns for five seasons from 1991-95. Belichick has won four Super Bowls and has 16 consecutive winning seasons with the Pats.

 
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Paul Brown: .672

Paul Brown: .672
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The legendary Brown coached the Cleveland Browns for 17 seasons before going onto the Bengals for eight years. He won seven championships, including a five-year streak in his first five seasons.

 
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Tony Dungy: .668

Tony Dungy: .668
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Dungy coached 13 seasons in the NFL between the Buccaneers and Colts. After turning the Bucs into winners over six seasons, he made the playoffs in all of his seven seasons in Indianapolis and won one Super Bowl. He has a 139-69 career record.

 
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Jim Lee Howell: .663

Jim Lee Howell: .663
Wikipedia.org

Howell led the Giants from 1954-60 with seven winning seasons. New York won the NFL Championship in 1956.

 
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Roy Andrews: .654

Roy Andrews: .654
Sportsencyclopedia.com

Coaching in the NFL from 1924-31, Andrews had a 51-27-4 record for Kansas city, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, and Chicago.

 
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Mike McCarthy: .651

Mike McCarthy: .651
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With the help of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy has nine winner seasons in 11 yards in Green Bay along with one Super Bowl. He's led the Packers to the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons.

 
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George Seifert: .648

George Seifert: .648
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Seifert followed up Bill Walsh's reign in San Francisco, going 98-30 with two Super Bowl wins in eight years with the 49ers. He also coached three years with the Panthers, but his coaching career ended with a 1-15 season in 2001, or else he would have been a bit higher on this list.

 
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Bruce Arians: .648

Bruce Arians: .648
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Arians has led the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of his four seasons, though he also went 9-3 in 12 games as the Colts interim head coach in 2012. His 7-8-1 record in 2016 was his first losing season.

 
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Paddy Driscoll: .646

Paddy Driscoll: .646
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Driscoll coached five NFL seasons over a long timeframe. He coach the Chicago Cardinals from 1920-22, and the Chicago Bears in 1956-57, coaching 53 games over his career.

 
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Red Miller: .645

Red Miller: .645
The Denver Post

Miller led the Broncos from 1977-80 and had three winner seasons, along with a Super Bowl appearance.

 
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Mike Tomlin: .644

Mike Tomlin: .644
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Pittsburgh's current head coach has yet to have a losing season over 10 years, and he has one Super Bowl victory in two appearances. Tomlin's Steelers, led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, have won at least 10 games seven times.

 
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Curly Lambeau: .631

Curly Lambeau: .631
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The Lambeau of Lambeau Field fame coached in Green Bay for 29 of his 33 seasons as a head coach, and won six NFL Championships. He left coaching with 226 career wins.

 
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Barry Switzer: .625

Barry Switzer: .625
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Inheriting a loaded Cowboys roster after Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones parted ways, Switzer won one Super Bowl and had three winning seasons over four years. He was fired after going 6-10 in 1997.

 
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Mike Martz: .624

Mike Martz: .624
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Martz took over the Greatest Show on Turf in St. Louis after Dick Vermeil temporarily retired. He made the playoffs four times, and the Rams were upset by New England in Super Bowl XXXVI. He was unceremoniously fired after five games in his sixth season.

 
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Bill Cowher: .623

Bill Cowher: .623
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Cowher went 149-90-1 in his 15 seasons with Pittsburgh and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one. The Steelers had only three losing seasons over his career.

Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.

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