Here are the longest-tenured head coaches in the NFL originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Coaching in professional sports is traditionally one of the most unstable jobs in America.

Every year, head coaches are fired before the end of their contracts due to poor performance by their teams.

This year was no different, whether it was the Jacksonville Jaguars firing Urban Meyer 13 games into a five-year deal or the Miami Dolphins canning Brian Flores after consecutive winning seasons. Black Monday is always wild across the NFL, but plenty of coaches have avoided a seemingly unavoidable fate year after year.

Here’s a look at the longest-tenured NFL coaches – both active and in league history:

Who are the longest-tenured active NFL head coaches?

The league is currently turning over coaches at a rapid rate. Of the 32 NFL franchises, 18 have hired their current coach in 2018 or later. Five others are looking for a new leader after Black Monday, and the Las Vegas Raiders have an interim coach in Rich Bisaccia leading them in the postseason.

Here are the nine coaches who have been with their team the longest: 

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, 2000-present

Arguably the GOAT head coach, Belichick has guided the Pats to nine Super Bowl appearances and six titles in 22 seasons at the helm. He is third all-time with 290 career regular season wins while leading all coaches in playoff wins (31, 11 more than second place).

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints, 2006-present

Payton and Drew Brees transformed football in New Orleans when they arrived in 2006. They won one Super Bowl and had nine 10-win seasons in 14 years together. In 2021 without Brees, Payton led the Saints to a 9-8 record to bring his career tally to 152-89.

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2007-present

After winning a Super Bowl in his second season, Tomlin has sustained consistency all the way through 2021. He’s never had a losing season in 15 years, making 10 postseason appearances. Tomlin’s career…

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