Pete Carroll vs. Bill Belichick is oldest coaching matchup in NFL history

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The NFL just celebrated its 100th birthday, and two coaches who have been alive for more than two-thirds of the league’s history will square off on Sunday.

Pete Carroll, the Seahawks’ 69-year-old head coach, will play host to Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ 68-year-old head coach. The combined age of 137 years makes this the oldest coaching matchup in NFL history, according to the NFL’s research department.

The previous record was set in 1995, when 70-year-old Marv Levy’s Bills played 65-year-old Don Shula’s Dolphins.

The oldest coach in NFL history was George Halas, who continued coaching the Bears until just a couple months short of his 73rd birthday. Neither Carroll nor Belichick is showing any sign of slowing down, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if both of them surpassed Halas and kept coaching well into their 70s.

27 responses to “Pete Carroll vs. Bill Belichick is oldest coaching matchup in NFL history

  1. Most coaches aren’t good enough to keep a job that long. It’s more remarkable how consistently good they both are than how old they both are.

  2. Pete Carroll stumbled upon Russell Wilson…..Belichick the same with Tom Brady. That is the only reason both are still coaching.

  3. The two are polar opposites in how they coach. Both wildly successful. Pete is 2-1. Of course the one loss being the Super Bowl. I still have nightmares where I wake up in a cold sweat yelling “Run the damn ball Pete!”

  4. revren10 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 12:56 pm
    its the steroid coach vs the camera coach

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    2010:
    Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something a

  5. “touchback6 says:

    2010:Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another)…So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that….”

    The problem with what Cowher said is that the rules forbade videotaping the other teams and we are a nation of laws the last I checked. Although, maybe we cannot say that with a straight face recently.

  6. 2 great coaches. One is the best that looks his age, the other is a great one who looks 25 years younger.

  7. September 19, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    “touchback6 says:

    2010:Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another)…So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that….”

    The problem with what Cowher said is that the rules forbade videotaping the other teams and we are a nation of laws the last I checked. Although, maybe we cannot say that with a straight face recently.

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    False.

    Mangini left NE, Woody Johnson volunteered to vet the new commissioner, the rule was changed to target the Pats after a dynasty was formed, and the rule was not voted on by 32 teams which is how it is donei the NFLs Constitution and Bylaws. The wording of the rule
    was changed on 9.6.06, Goodell’s first day on the job.

    All facts.

    NE never cheated. Fact.

    BB thumbing his nose at the cheating Jets and Goodell is not NE cheating whatsoever.

    Learn history and learn, otherwise it comes off like you approve of Goodell’s cheating ways the last 15 years.

  8. Parcells, Carroll and Belichick have been the only HCs during BKraft’s tenure. Good ownership is a huge factor. Ask the Washington FB Team.

  9. “The problem with what Cowher said is that the rules forbade videotaping the other teams”

    Actually that’s not true. There has never been and to this day is no prohibition against shooting video of other teams.

    The only rule that was violated was during the first game of the 2007 season when the Pats continued to shoot video from the sidelines after Goodell had sent out a memo saying no more sideline video. You can still shoot video from the stands today and if you think every team doesn’t have someone doing it I have a bridge to sell you.

    And given this is the age of the zoom lens making that instance out to be some major violation is pretty sad. You can be 30′ further away where its legal and still get the exact same shots.

  10. BIG test for New England. I see a power running game for NE. Also watch Pats secondary- 3 picks last week with the DPOY. Tough game to call. I am going with NE 26 SEA 24

  11. Nation of laws huh…I suppose you obey every law to the letter.Drive 55,never downloaded a movie or song,always cross the street in a cross walk etc etc..get off your horse.

  12. This is a landmark game. Not only is it between the most senior coaches in NFL history, it is between the only active quarterbacks with more than 4,000 yards rushing, and will be the only such matchup ever in league history. Steve Young and Randall Cunningham faced off in the 1997 NFC divisional playoffs, but Young had yet to reach 4,000 yards rushing.

    Observe that their combined rushing and passing yards are just ONE YARD different!
    Player: Years, Rushing + passing = total
    Russell Wilson: 9, 4,022 + 30,056 = 34,078
    Cam Newton: 10, 4,881 + 29,196 = 34,077
    SUM, 19 seasons, 8,903 yards rushing, 59,252 yards passing

    Cam Newton will most likely surpass 30,000 yards passing, and join both Steve Young and Russell Willson as the only 4K+30K players on league history. Russsel Wilson will likely surpass Steve Young with 231 passing TDs. But it will be a long time before any QB surpasses Cam Newton’s 60 rushing TDs. The legendary Otto Graham is #2 with 44, and Steve Young is #3 with 43.

    This game has the potential to become named — the Battle in Seattle [creating a turnover, from a negative event].

  13. Imagine if Carroll had stayed with the Patriots, forcing Belichick to coach with the Jets …

    Could Carroll have won it all with Bledsoe ? Would Belichick have still drafted Pennington or even Brady ?

  14. ghjjf says:
    September 19, 2020 at 12:50 pm
    One has a good QB and the other has a bad QB.

    Both QBs have been to the Superbowl. I wouldn’t necessarily say the one is Bad. I would pick either on my team if they were the 2 last options

  15. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 5:41 pm
    Imagine if Carroll had stayed with the Patriots, forcing Belichick to coach with the Jets …

    Could Carroll have won it all with Bledsoe ? Would Belichick have still drafted Pennington or even Brady ?

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    Testaveree blew out his Achilles week 1 in ‘99, so yes, BB would have told Tuna he wanted Brady

    Bledsoe and Testaverde by that time each had similar cement shoes issues.

    The bottomline is BB did not want to be under Parcells’s GM thumb and he really disliked Steve Gutman and leading new owner candidate, Woody Johnson.

    We’ve seen the disgrace Woody Johnson is, so history has been told.

    The Jets blew it and their cheating owner has been jealous for 15-20 years now.

  16. Still Vinny came back from that injury and played well somewhat, though Belichick would have drafted Brady or someone higher …

  17. …….
    j jackedupboonie says:
    September 19, 2020 at 12:32 pm
    Pete Carroll stumbled upon Russell Wilson…..Belichick the same with Tom Brady. That is the only reason both are still coaching.
    ………
    You have no idea what you are talking about. Pats knew about Brady but didn’t feel they needed to draft a qb in early rounds. When he continued to fall (199), they felt it was too good a value to pass up. Note that, of course, teams in need of qbs passed on him.

  18. Age and experience don’t matter ask Sean McFay! he was so intimidated he coached the SB like he was back in Pop Warner!

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