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    NFL Head Coaches By Age (Updated 2024)

    NFL head coaches range widely in age, from grizzled veterans with decades of experience to the new kids on the block ready to take the league by storm.

    The new wave of head coaching hires in the NFL has seen a trend toward younger, offensive-minded leading men getting the top jobs. Guys like Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan have spurred a new way of thinking for decision-makers.

    However, the league still has plenty of veteran greybeards that have seen success at the very highest level as well and cannot be forgotten about either. Who are the youngest coaches in the league, and which ones are getting long in the tooth? Let’s take a look at all 32 head coaches in the NFL.

    List of NFL Head Coaches by Age

    • Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
      65 | March 19, 1958
    • John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
      61 | Sept. 23, 1962
    • Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys
      60 | Nov. 10, 1963
    • Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      60 | Nov. 18, 1963
    • Jim Harbaugh, Los Angeles Chargers
      60 | Dec. 23, 1963
    • Sean Payton, Denver Broncos
      59 | Dec. 29, 1963
    • Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars
      55 | Jan. 31, 1968
    • Matt Eberflus, Chicago Bears
      53 | May 17, 1970
    • Dan Quinn, Washington Commanders
      53 | September 11, 1970
    • Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
      51 | March 15, 1972
    • Dennis Allen, New Orleans Saints
      51 | Sept. 22, 1972
    • Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills
      49 | March 21, 1974
    • Brian Daboll, New York Giants
      48 | April 15, 1975
    • Dan Campbell, Detroit Lions
      47 | April 13, 1976
    • Raheem Morris, Atlanta Falcons
      47 | September 03, 1976
    • Antonio Pierce, Las Vegas Raiders
      45 | Oct. 22, 1978
    • Robert Saleh, New York Jets
      44 | Jan. 31, 1979
    • Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers
      44 | Nov. 3, 1979
    • Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
      43 | Dec. 14, 1979
    • Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles
      42 | June 15, 1981
    • Dave Canales, Carolina Panthers
      42 | May 7, 1981
    • Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns
      41 | May 8, 1982
    • Jonathan Gannon, Arizona Cardinals
      40 | Jan. 4, 1983
    • Mike McDaniel, Miami Dolphins
      40 | March 6, 1983
    • Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals
      40 | May 10, 1983
    • DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans
      39 | July 28, 1984
    • Brian Callahan, Tennessee Titans
      39 | June 10, 1984
    • Shane Steichen, Indianapolis Colts
      38 | May 11, 1985
    • Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota Vikings
      38 | May 25, 1985
    • Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
      37 | Jan. 24, 1986
    • Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots
      37 | Feb. 23, 1986
    • Mike Macdonald, Seattle Seahawks
      36 | June 26, 1987

    Who Is the Oldest NFL Head Coach?

    After both Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll were fired, Andy Reid is currently the oldest head coach in the NFL.

    The current Chiefs HC began his career in 1999 when he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent 14 seasons with the Eagles, leading the team to a Super Bowl appearance and nine winning seasons. In 2012, after Reid’s worst season to date, the Eagles elected not to renew his contract. He then moved on to the Chiefs and has been there ever since.

    Who Is the Youngest NFL Head Coach?

    The youngest head coach in the NFL is now Mike Macdonald for the Seattle Seahawks. Macdonald was hired by Seattle during the 2024 NFL hiring cycle. After spending the 2021 campaign as the University of Michigan’s DC under Jim Harbaugh, Macdonald joined John Harbaugh as the Ravens’ defensive play-caller in 2022, replacing Wink Martindale.

    How Old Do You Need To Be To Coach in the NFL?

    There is no specific age requirement to being a head coach in the NFL, but much like the rules NFL players go through to be draft eligible, coaches need to be at least three years removed from high school to be eligible for employment.

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