NFL: The Longest Serving (and Oldest) Current Head Coaches

Bill Belichick And Tom Coughlin, The Longest Serving (With The Same Team) And Oldest Current Coaches In The NFL

Bill Belichick And Tom Coughlin, The Longest Serving (With The Same Team) And Oldest Current Coaches In The NFL

Of the 32 NFL head coaches in 2014, 26 will be returning to their current teams in 2015.

Four have been fired: Rex Ryan, New York Jets (4-12); Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons (6-10); Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders (3-13); and Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears (5-11).

Another two resigned: Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers (8-8), who is moving on to helm the Michigan Wolverines and, surprisingly, the Buffalo Bills’ Doug Marrone (9-7).

Bill Belichick will be entering his 16th season as head coach of the New England Patriots. Wow – it’s been almost two decades. That’s the longest of them all. The Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin are the only other two HC’s that have been with their current team for at least a decade.

Coughlin – at 68 – is also the oldest head coach in the league.

LONGEST SERVING CURRENT HEAD COACHES (SAME TEAM)

HEAD COACH TEAM YEARS SEASONS AGE STATUS
1. Bill Belichick New England Patriots 15 2000-2014 62 Staying
2. Marvin Lewis Cincinnati Bengals 12 2003-2014 56 Staying
3. Tom Coughlin New York Giants 11 2004-2014 68 Staying
4. Mike McCarthy Green Bay Packers 9 2006-2014 51 Staying
5. Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers 8 2007-2014 42 Staying
5. Sean Payton New Orleans Saints 8 2006-2011, 2013, 2014 51 Staying
7. John Harbaugh Baltimore Ravens 7 2008-2014 52 Staying
7. Mike Smith Atlanta Falcons 7 2008-2014 55 Fired
9. Rex Ryan New York Jets 6 2009-2014 52 Fired
10. Jason Garrett Dallas Cowboys 5 2010-2014 48 Staying
10. Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks 5 2010-2014 63 Staying
12. John Fox Denver Broncos 4 2011-2014 59 Staying
12. Ron Rivera Carolina Panthers 4 2011-2014 52 Staying
12. Jim Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers 4 2011-2014 51 Resigned
15. Joe Philbin Miami Dolphins 3 2012-2014 53 Staying
15. Chuck Pagano Indianapolis Colts 3 2012-2014 54 Staying
15. Dennis Allen Oakland Raiders 3 2012-2014 42 Fired
15. Jeff Fisher St. Louis Rams 3 2012-2014 56 Staying
19. Doug Marrone Buffalo Bills 2 2013-2014 50 Resigned
19. Gus Bradley Jacksonville Jaguars 2 2013-2014 48 Staying
19. Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs 2 2013-2014 56 Staying
19. Mike McCoy San Diego Chargers 2 2013-2014 42 Staying
19. Chip Kelly Philadelphia Eagles 2 2013-2014 51 Staying
19. Marc Trestman Chicago Bears 2 2013-2014 58 Fired
19. Bruce Arians Arizona Cardinals 2 2013-2014 62 Staying
26. Mike Pettine Cleveland Browns 1 2014 48 Staying
26. Bill O’Brien Houston Texans 1 2014 45 Staying
26. Ken Whisenhunt Tennessee Titans 1 2014 52 Staying
26. Jay Gruden Washington Redskins 1 2014 47 Staying
26. Jim Caldwell Detroit Lions 1 2014 59 Staying
26. Mike Zimmer Minnesota Vikings 1 2014 58 Staying
26. Lovie Smith Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 2014 56 Staying

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OLDEST CURRENT HEAD COACHES

HEAD COACH TEAM AGE SEASONS YEARS STATUS
1. Tom Coughlin New York Giants 68 2004-2014 11 Staying
2. Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks 63 2010-2014 5 Staying
3. Bill Belichick New England Patriots 62 2000-2014 15 Staying
3. Bruce Arians Arizona Cardinals 62 2013-2014 2 Staying
5. John Fox Denver Broncos 59 2011-2014 4 Staying
5. Jim Caldwell Detroit Lions 59 2014 1 Staying
7. Mike Zimmer Minnesota Vikings 58 2014 1 Staying
7. Marc Trestman Chicago Bears 58 2013-2014 2 Fired
9. Marvin Lewis Cincinnati Bengals 56 2003-2014 12 Staying
9. Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs 56 2013-2014 2 Staying
9. Lovie Smith Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56 2014 1 Staying
9. Jeff Fisher St. Louis Rams 56 2012-2014 3 Staying
13. Mike Smith Atlanta Falcons 55 2008-2014 7 Fired
14. Chuck Pagano Indianapolis Colts 54 2012-2014 3 Staying
15. Joe Philbin Miami Dolphins 53 2012-2014 3 Staying
16. Rex Ryan New York Jets 52 2009-2014 6 Fired
16. John Harbaugh Baltimore Ravens 52 2008-2014 7 Staying
16. Ken Whisenhunt Tennessee Titans 52 2014 1 Staying
16. Ron Rivera Carolina Panthers 52 2011-2014 4 Staying
20. Chip Kelly Philadelphia Eagles 51 2013-2014 2 Staying
20. Mike McCarthy Green Bay Packers 51 2006-2014 9 Staying
20. Sean Payton New Orleans Saints 51 2006-2011, 2013, 2014 8 Staying
20. Jim Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers 51 2011-2014 4 Resigned
24. Doug Marrone Buffalo Bills 50 2013-2014 2 Resigned
25. Mike Pettine Cleveland Browns 48 2014 1 Staying
25. Gus Bradley Jacksonville Jaguars 48 2013-2014 2 Staying
25. Jason Garrett Dallas Cowboys 48 2010-2014 5 Staying
28. Jay Gruden Washington Redskins 47 2014 1 Staying
29. Bill O’Brien Houston Texans 45 2014 1 Staying
30. Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers 42 2007-2014 8 Staying
30. Mike McCoy San Diego Chargers 42 2013-2014 2 Staying
30. Dennis Allen Oakland Raiders 42 2012-2014 3 Fired

Photo: Matthew Emmons, USA Today via nfl.com

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