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February 4, 2008 11:49 AM

Golden oldies

Posted by Danny O'Neil

It took Tom Coughlin a little while.

More than 200 games as NFL head coach, to be more precise, but the man who's currently the third-oldest coach in the league won a Super Bowl in his first crack.

New coaches by age
 
Year
Number of
new coaches
 
Average age
2007 7 45 years, 364 days
2006 10 48 years, 171 days
2005 3 52 years, 318 days
2004 7 51 years, 194 days
2003 4 50 years, 355 days
2002 8 49 years, 267 days
2001 7 52 years, 163 days
2000 8 48 years, 143 days
1999 9 49 years, 171 days
1998 4 48 years, 21 days
1997 10 52 years, 69 days
1996 6 54 years, 67 days
1995 8 46 years, 269 days
1994 6 50 years, 179 days
1993 5 48 years, 332 days
2002 9 48 years, 206 days
Ages listed for date of first game as head coach

 

Will that spur a change in the coaching demographics?

Nothing inspires imitation in the NFL more than success. The New York Jets hired Eric Mangini in 2006, the team makes the playoffs and the very next season there's two more 30-somethings hired to coach NFL teams: Lane Kiffin in Oakland, Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh.

Seven NFL coaches were hired last offseason, their average age was 45 years, 364 days. That's the youngest average age of new hires since at least 1992. The next closest was 1995 when the average age of the eight coaches hired as head coaches was 46 years, 269 days. Below is a chart that includes the number of coaching changes per year from 1992 to the present and lists the average age of the new hires.

Three coaches have been hired this offseason. John Harbaugh in Baltimore is the youngest. He's 45. Miami's Tony Sparano is the oldest at 56 and Mike Smith in Atlanta is 48. Washington still has a vacancy.

Of course, all those hires occurred before the Giants completed their most improbable run to a championship, but the success under Coughlin may have some resonance around the league. After all, this was a guy who'd had his shot in Jacksonville and as recently as last season was seen as a coach capable of getting a team to the playoffs, but perhaps not much more. Now, he's got a Super Bowl ring.

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Posted by -k

4:30 PM, Feb 04, 2008

All this shows is that the average age of a coaching hire is not variable enough to matter. Over the last 15 years no yearly average is more than 1 standard deviation away from the mean. Yes, younger coaches are hired, but then again so are some old guys. Statistically it all evens out.

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10:04 AM, Feb 05, 2008

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