With another offseason involving big changes, who are the current 32 NFL head coaches in 2021? Which coaches have been around for a while and who are the new names to know?
Current NFL head coaches in 2021
Who are the 32 NFL head coaches for the 2021 season? Let’s start with the AFC.
AFC head coaches
Going in alphabetical order, we kick things off in Baltimore with the Ravens’ long-tenured head coach, John Harbaugh.
Baltimore Ravens | John Harbaugh
John Harbaugh has been the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens since 2008. He enters the 2021 season with a career win percentage of .617 (140-87). His record in the postseason is 11-8, including winning Super Bowl XLVII. During his tenure as head coach, the Ravens have had 10 winning seasons and made the playoffs nine times. They have had just one season with a losing record under Harbaugh (5-11 in 2015).
Harbaugh’s background is as a special teams and defensive backs coach. However, he also coached tight ends, running backs, and outside linebackers early in his career.
Buffalo Bills | Sean McDermott
The 2021 NFL season will be Sean McDermott’s fifth as the Buffalo Bills head coach. Through four seasons, McDermott’s Bills have made the playoffs three times. Their trip to the AFC Conference Championship last season is the deepest they have progressed under him. His overall record is 40-29 (.580), with a 2-3 playoff record.
McDermott’s background is as a defensive coordinator. He spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles in various roles and six seasons as the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator.
Cincinnati Bengals | Zac Taylor
At 38, Zac Taylor is one of the youngest head coaches in the NFL in 2021. He was hired by the Bengals in 2019, having previously worked as a quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams. In his first two seasons, Taylor’s record is 6-25-1 (.203).
Cleveland Browns | Kevin Stefanski
One of several NFL head coaches under the age of 40, Kevin Stefanski won the AP Coach of the Year award in his first year in 2020. He led the Cleveland Browns to an 11-5 record in the regular season before taking the Browns to their first playoff win in over 25 years. Stefanski’s background is on offense, having served as an offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends coach.
Denver Broncos | Vic Fangio
It took Vic Fangio until he was 60 years old to get his first head coaching job. Through his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos, he is off to a rocky start with a 12-20 (.375) record. Fangio is a highly respected defensive coach who has been a defensive coordinator for five different NFL teams.
Houston Texans | David Culley
At the age of 65, David Culley will be one of the oldest head coaches in the NFL in 2021. This season will also be his first as a head coach. His previous roles have seen him serve as an assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and various periods as a positional coach.
Indianapolis Colts | Frank Reich
Frank Reich took over as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. He has led them to two playoff appearances in those three seasons. His background is also on offense, having served as offensive coordinator when the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII. As a player, Reich is famed for leading the largest comeback in NFL history.
Jacksonville Jaguars | Urban Meyer
Having spent more than 15 years as a college head coach, Urban Meyer is about to be a head coach in the NFL for the first time in 2021. In college, he won three FBS National Championships and retired as a college head coach with a 187-32 (.854) record in the NCAA.
Kansas City Chiefs | Andy Reid
Andy Reid’s head coaching career spans more than two decades, going back to his time as head coach of the Eagles in 1999. He took over as the Chiefs head coach in 2013. As the Kansas City head coach, Reid has a .711 win percentage (91-37). He has led the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl LIV.
Las Vegas Raiders | Jon Gruden
In 2018, Jon Gruden returned to the role of head coach of the Raiders’ franchise. Gruden previously led the Raiders from 1998-2001. Since returning to the Raiders, they have a 19-29 record, taking his overall record with the Raiders to 57-55. Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not coach between 2008 and 2018. During that time, he was the color analyst on Monday Night Football.
Los Angeles Chargers | Brandon Staley
Brandon Staley enters 2021 as a rookie head coach. He has spent the past 15 seasons mostly as a defensive coordinator or coach. Staley served as the Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator in 2020. He will be one of the youngest head coaches in the NFL in 2021.
Miami Dolphins | Brian Flores
Having recently turned 40, Brian Flores will enter the 2021 season in his third year as a head coach. Through his first two seasons, the Dolphins have a 15-17 record and narrowly missed out on the playoffs in 2020. The former Patriots defensive coach and play-caller won the Super Bowl three times (XLIX, LI, LIII).
New England Patriots | Bill Belichick
As the longest-serving NFL head coach, Bill Belichick is also the second-oldest among the league’s head coaches. He has been with the Patriots for 21 years, with a 244-92 (.726) record. During that time, Belichick has a 30-11 playoff record and has won the Super Bowl six times. In 2019, he was named one of 10 head coaches to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
New York Jets | Robert Saleh
The 2021 NFL season will be Robert Saleh’s first as an NFL head coach. He spent the last four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. As a quality control coach with the Seahawks, Saleh won Super Bowl XLVIII. He has also had previous roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
Pittsburgh Steelers | Mike Tomlin
Having been hired in 2007, Mike Tomlin is the third longest-tenured head coach in the NFL. During his time as head coach, the Steelers have a 153-86-1 (.640) record. He also led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XLIII, making him the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl. As a head coach, Tomlin has never seen his team have a losing season in 14 years. He has led the Steelers to the playoffs nine times.
Tennessee Titans | Mike Vrabel
A three-time Super Bowl champion as a player, Mike Vrabel has been the head coach of the Tennessee Titans for three seasons. During that time, the Titans have gone 31-21 overall. The franchise has made the playoffs twice, and Vrabel has yet to preside over a losing season.