Top 5 Oldest NFL Coaches

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Football may be a young man’s sport, but older guys have turned in some of the best records of all the NFL’s head coaches. Buffalo Bills coach, Sean McDermott, is 43 years of age and is considered to be one of the the youngest NFL coaches. But experience must count for something in this profession, because the oldest coaches in league history—a group including current and future Hall of Famers—are also among the most consistently successful.

 

5. Dick Vermeil

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Dick Vermeil coached in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Kansas City, where his coaching career concluded in 2005. In 2000, leading the St. Louis Rams, Vermeil became the oldest Super Bowl-winning coach at age 63. Vermeil was known for his close support of players and staff and displays of strong emotion at press conferences. He won “coach of the year” honors at four levels of football, from high school through the pros.

4. Joe Gibbs

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When he first took the head coach position with the Washington Redskins in 1981, Joe Gibbs was one of the youngest NFL coaches in the league. However, his relative youth didn’t stop Gibbs from winning three Super Bowls, the last in 1992. Gibbs is the only coach to win three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks. After his first retirement, Gibbs took control of a successful NASCAR team. Finally, he returned to the Redskins in 2004 and continued through the 2007 season, when he had reached the age of 67.

3. Weeb Ewbank

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Wilbur Charles “Weeb” Ewbank coached the Baltimore Colts for nine seasons. Weeb then moved to New York and brought the Jets (and the American Conference) to their first two Super Bowl victories. While also including a Joe Namath-led beatdown of the Colts in Super Bowl III, played in 1969. When he retired with the Jets after five more seasons, Weeb had reached the age of 67.

2. Marv Levy

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A native of Quebec, Marv Levy moved to Chicago as a boy and served in the U.S. military during World War II. His coaching career began with the Montreal Alouettes from 1973 to 1977 and continued with Kansas City and the Buffalo Bills. Marv Levy was known to sometimes do things differently to other coaches. He pioneered the no-huddle ‘K-Gun’ offense with the Buffalo Bills which kept opponents on their heels. Finally bringing the team to four AFC championship games before retiring from coaching in 1997 at age 72.

1. George Halas

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George Halas was one of the most legendary NFL coaches. He was there at the inception as the owner of the Decatur Staleys of the original NFL club lineup in 1920. After the Staleys became the Chicago Bears, “Papa Bear” Halas stayed with the team as a player, owner and 40-year head coach. In addition, he racked up six NFL championships and 324 total victories before finally retiring from the game at the age of 72 in 1967.

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