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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