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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Romeo Crennel will become the oldest coach in NFL history (73 years, 115 days) when he is the interim coach of the Texans on Sunday. George Halas and Marv Levy are the only people who have coached a game for more than 70 years. (@EliasSports)
– Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) October 5, 2020
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.
The 2 oldest coaches in the NFL:
– Pete Carroll (69 years old)
– Bill Belichick (68 years old)
His combined age of 137 years and 162 days on game day will set a record for the oldest head coaching matchup in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/BlqTH8sF96
– Professional sports perspective (@PSO_Sports) September 20, 2020
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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.
No matter the longevity of #NFL Quarterbacks. How about those NFL coaches? the #BossesAndy Reid won his first Super Bowl at age 61 last season. Now he goes for 2. His opponent, the #Bucs“Bruce Arians, he is 68 years old. He would be the oldest coach to win his first title.
– Dan Daly (@dandalyonsports) January 25, 2023
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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|
|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.
|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|