Andy Reid Open To Coaching Past 70

Seventh on the NFL’s all-time wins list, Andy Reid said after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV triumph he did not have near-future retirement plans. The eighth-year Chiefs coach provided more clarity on a timeline Tuesday.

Patrick Mahomes10-year extension has him under contract through 2031. The 62-year-old Reid said coaching well into this extension is on the table. Reid said “if it takes me into my 70s, let’s roll,” via the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope (Twitter link), when asked about the extension’s effect on his career. Mahomes soon added that Reid told him he plans on being the Chiefs’ HC throughout the extension (Twitter link via The Athletic’s Nate Taylor).

This will be Reid’s 22nd season as a head coach. He spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) as the Eagles’ sideline leader. Since coming to Kansas City, Reid has guided the Chiefs to six playoff appearances in seven seasons and is responsible for five of the franchise’s eight playoff wins since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. In his first season in Kansas City, Reid turned the Chiefs from a 2-14 team to an 11-5 playoff-bound squad.

Reid is under contract through the 2021 season, but after Mahomes’ record-setting pact, another Reid re-up should be on tap. With seven wins this season, Reid (207 career victories) can move past Paul Brown for sixth on the all-time wins list. Reid is currently the NFL’s fifth-oldest active HC — behind Pete Carroll, Bill BelichickBruce Arians and Mike Zimmer.

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18 comments on “Andy Reid Open To Coaching Past 70

  1. crosseyedlemon

    I still believe the coaching job Reid did during the 2015 season ranks with the best of all time. After a 1-5 start he directed his team to 11 consecutive wins and he did it without his star RB Jamaal Charles.

    • Ak185

      Agreed. And they were within a breath of defeating the Patriots in the playoffs that year as well, if I recall correctly.

    • wagner13

      My favorite was the 2006 Eagles that looked toast after a dreadful 5-6 start and season-ending injury to Mcnabb. However, under the guidance of 36 year-old Jeff Garcia, Philly not only clinched the postseason, but won the division altogether after five straight victories

    • CursedRangers

      Great callout. I’m a Cowboys fan, and even though he coached for the rival Eagles, Reid is one of the best of all time.

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Of course he is. Does this have anything or everything to do with his team having Mahomes

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      You can’t help but wonder, given the timing. When you have a guy like Mahomes under center for the next decade, it sure makes the job look appealing

  3. Steve Nebraska

    I’m sure he does have plans to coach past 70, but does his heart?

    • crosseyedlemon

      After coaching in excess of 300 games I’m guessing Reid has figured out how to manage stress effectively.

    • paddyo875

      Maybe you mean physiologically? At Reid’s likely BMI, working at 70 without major health concerns is a long shot.

  4. JJB0811

    Was Andy listening to ‘cheeseburgers in paradise’ while making that statement?

  5. yem1979

    Does anyone think the league will figure out Mahomes like everyone thinks the league will figure out Lamar Jackson? Both have similar styles, but all I hear is the league will figure out Jackson. Nothing about Mahomes. I think Mahomes will be Favre like when his mobility slows down, not sure what Jackson will look like without mobility.

    • worldchampskc

      Trouble with that is defenses need corners that can run faster than Chiefs WRs or at least keep up with them, they also need enough players to cover all of the targets.

      Last season 15 different players caught the ball. 9 had 10+ receptions. Hard to cover literally everyone on the offense that isnt a lineman and also contain Mahomes.

    • paddyo875

      Similar styles? They are not similar in their passing ability. Similar game-breaking ability, but Mahomes seems like the far more advanced passer.

      • wagner13

        Mahomes is similar to Rodgers in that he can scramble if he needs to, but isn’t completely reliant upon that aspect of the game unlike Jackson. He’s a proficient and developed passer

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