Chiefs looking for back-to-back Super Bowls
Has been Patrick Mahomes only head coach
Took Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl in 2000’s
Andy Reid has been reflecting on some wisdom his parents imparted to him as he faces the decision about whether to continue coaching the Kansas City Chiefs for another season.
As the Chiefs gear up for Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers, Reid responded to questions surrounding his potential retirement from the NFL:
“My mom and dad told me this when they were working ‘You’ll know when it’s time,’ and ‘I’m ready to go right now. Let’s go’. That’s what they would tell me when I was young. I was an inquisitive kid and so that’s the way I look [at it]. Somewhere you’re going to know when it’s time. Today’s not the day.”
Chiefs’ chairman Clark Hunt Acknowledges Retirement Talk Would Be “Jumping The Gun”
Legacy owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, Clark Hunt (Chiefs’ chairman), mentioned that he hasn’t picked up any hints that Reid is contemplating retirement:
“I’m not sure what he’s planning, but from what I can see, he’s fully committed and enjoying the experience, and it doesn’t seem like he’s thinking about retirement anytime soon. As for how much longer he’ll coach, that remains to be seen. I’m hopeful it will be for many more years, but only time will tell.”
When asked if there are any contingency plans in place for Reid’s potential departure, Hunt responded:
“I think it’s too soon to be concerned about that. … It would be jumping the gun to start planning for that now.”
The Chiefs are appearing in their fourth Super Bowl in the last five years, having secured victories in two of those appearances, including last year’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. Reid took the Eagles to the Super Bowl, once upon a time.
A victory against the 49ers would mark the Chiefs as the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in two decades.
In a recent interview, Reid expressed his affection and admiration for his team:
“I really value being a part of this organization. It’s exceptional. And while we’ve had our successes, the goal is to continue striving. We’ve got more to achieve.”
While Reid is regarded as one of NFL’s “Old Guard”, his constantly evolving offense – complimented by a once-in-a-generation quarterback in Patrick Mahomes – has seen Reid elevate his legacy from Canton shoe-in to legendary NFL coach. While there is not much left for Reid to accomplish, expect him to return for the ever-elusive “three-peat”, should the Chiefs take home the Lombardi trophy.