NFL Head Coach Wins Leaders

    Who are the top 50 in terms of NFL head coach wins in the history of the league, and which active coaches could impact the top 10?

    When it comes to the leaders of the NFL head coach wins list, some legendary names sit among the top 10. With two of the top 10 remaining active as of the end of Super Bowl 58, we could yet see movement in the list over the coming years.

    Let’s take a look at which NFL head coach has the most wins in NFL history across the regular season and playoffs combined and who has a chance to challenge for the top 10 in the coming years.

    This list is correct as of Super Bowl 58. Active head coaches are denoted in italics.

    Top 50 List of NFL Head Coach Wins Leaders

    1. Don Shula – 347
    2. Bill Belichick – 333
    3. George Halas – 324
    4. Andy Reid – 284
    5. Tom Landry – 270
    6. Curly Lambeau – 229
    7. Paul Brown – 222
    8. Chuck Noll – 209
    9. Marty Schottenheimer – 205
    10. Dan Reeves – 201

    11-20

    11. Chuck Knox – 193
    12. Bill Parcells – 183
    13. Tom Coughlin – 182
    14. Pete Carroll – 181
    15. Mike Tomlin – 180

    16. Jeff Fisher – 178
    T-17. Mike Shanahan – 178
    T-17. Mike McCarthy – 178
    19. Mike Holmgren – 174
    20. John Harbaugh – 172

    21-30

    21. Joe Gibbs – 171
    T-22. Bud Grant – 168
    T-22. Sean Payton – 168
    24. Bill Cowher – 161
    25. Steve Owen – 155
    26. Marv Levy – 154
    27. Tony Dungy – 148
    28. John Fox – 141
    29. Hank Stram – 136
    30. Weeb Ewbank – 134

    31-40

    31. Marvin Lewis – 131
    32. Mike Ditka – 127
    33. Dick Vermeil – 126
    34. Jim Mora – 125
    35. George Seifert – 124
    36. Sid Gillman – 123
    37. Jon Gruden – 122
    38. George Allen – 118
    39. Norv Turner – 118
    40. Dennis Green – 117

    41-50

    41. Don Coryell – 114
    42. John Madden – 112
    43. Buddy Parker – 107
    44. Tom Flores – 105
    45. Vince Lombardi – 105
    46. Ron Rivera – 105
    47. Bill Walsh – 102
    48. Lou Saban – 97
    49. Lovie Smith – 95
    50. Jack Del Rio – 94

    Don Shula Tops the List With the Most Wins as an NFL Coach

    Shula’s storied career as an NFL head coach spanned 33 seasons from 1963 through to 1995. He spent the first seven seasons with Baltimore before finishing his career with 26 seasons in Miami.

    Shula’s time in Baltimore is somewhat forgotten, but it was incredibly impressive. He finished with a 71-23 regular-season record for a .755 winning percentage. He went 2-3 in the playoffs to finish 73-26 overall. Unfortunately, he was unable to win a Super Bowl in Baltimore, suffering a shocking loss to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III.

    In 1970, he moved to Miami, and within the span of four seasons, he had appeared in three more Super Bowls, winning two. In 1972, he led the Dolphins to a perfect 14-0 record as they won their first Super Bowl. They repeated as champions in 1973, going 12-2.

    Shula would remain in Miami for another 22 years. While he would lead them to two more Super Bowls, they would not prevail in either game. He retired in 1995 with a 257-133 regular-season record — a 0.659 winning percentage. His playoff record in Miami was 17-14 for a 274-147 overall record and 0.651 winning percentage.

    Which Active Coaches Could Finish in the Top 10 of NFL Head Coach Wins?

    There are four head coaches currently active who sit in the top 20 of all-time NFL head coach wins. The highest of those is Belichick, who is second on the list with 329 wins. He has 298 regular-season wins and an incredible 31 playoff wins, 11 more than anyone else.

    Belichick is just 18 wins behind Shula atop the list. If he coaches for another five years to match Shula’s 33 years, then he has every chance of topping the list.

    Next on the list is Andy Reid, who sits fourth with 270 wins. Reid tied with Tom Landry, but over 50 wins away from the top three. He would need to coach for at least another five years if he is to have a real chance of finishing in the top three.

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