Three of the 10 oldest coaches in NFL history are currently coaching their teams: Pete Carroll of the Seahawks, Bill Belichick of the Patriots and Bruce Arians of the Buccaneers. Carroll turned 70 this year, making him the oldest coach in the league right now. Belichick follows closely after turning 69 in April, and Arians just turned 69 in October.

The oldest coach in NFL history actually retired at the end of the 2020 season. Romeo Crennel, 73 at the time, broke the previous record of 53 years when he was named interim coach of the Houston Texans in October. 2020. Crennel had worked in the NFL since 1981, but this was his first time as head coach.

The previous record that Crennel broke last year was held by George Halas, who was 72 when he retired after 1967. During his 47-year career, Halas captured eight NFL championship titles, six of which he won while coaching. in chief (this is the most in the history of a single coach). He finished his career with 324 total wins, which is the second-most in NFL history. Additionally, he was an early inductee into the Professional Football Hall of Fame, and is one of the original founders and owners of the Chicago Bears.

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With no known plans to retire soon, Carroll, Belichick and Arians could easily work their way up the senior manager rankings.

During the 2020 season, Carroll and Belichick faced off and created a new record. They became the oldest combined head coach matchup in NFL history. They did not play against each other during the 2023 season, or a new record would have been set.

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There are some coaches who are supposed to be older than they really are. For example, Chiefs coach Andy Reid is often believed to be one of the oldest current coaches in the NFL because of his famous white mustache. However, Reid is currently the sixth oldest coach in the NFL, and he doesn’t even rank among the oldest coaches in NFL history.

Reid and Arians met during Super Bowl LV earlier this year, and their age was talked about a lot during Super Bowl coverage. Arians became the oldest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. The year before, Reid won his first Super Bowl at age 61.

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Oldest active NFL coaches

Here’s a list of the 10 oldest coaches currently training in the NFL.

Coach Age Actual team Active years
Pete Carroll 70 Seahawks 25 years
Bill belichick 69 Patriots 45 years
Bruce arians 69 Buccaneers 25 years
David culley 66 Jeans 27 years
Mike’s room Sixty-five Vikings 22 years
Andy Reid 63 Bosses 20 years
Vic Fangio 63 Broncos 33 years
France 60 Colts 15 years
Rum rivera 59 Washington 25 years
John harbaugh 59 Crows 13 years

Oldest Coaches in NFL History

Here is a list of the 10 oldest coaches in NFL history.

* Denotes that the coach has not retired.

Coach Age Active years
Bruce arians 69 25 years*
Bill belichick 69 45 years *
Dick vermeil 69 36 years
Tom coughlin 69 28 years
Pete Carroll 70 25 years*
Gunther Cunningham 70 34 years
Al Saunders 71 36 years
Marv levy 72 28 years
George halas 72 47 years
Romeo crennel 73 39 years