FEBRUARY 13: Reid was, unsurprisingly, asked about his future in the immediate aftermath of the Chiefs’ victory. His answer (to NBC Sports’ Peter King, among others) made it clear that he has no plans of retiring, and will carry on with what many are calling the NFL’s latest dynasty.
“I look in the mirror and I’m old,” Reid added, via PHNX’s Howard Balzer (Twitter link). “My heart though is young. I still enjoy doing what I’m doing. I’m too old, but I’m good with what I’m doing right now… If they’ll have me, I’ll stick around.”
FEBRUARY 12: The Chiefs are preparing to play their third Super Bowl in the past four years, each of which has taken place during Andy Reid‘s tenure in Kanas City. Questions have unsurprisingly been raised regarding the head coach’s future.
When speaking to Reid earlier today, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer brought up the matter of the former potentially retiring as early as this offseason. The response he received was not definitive one way or the other, which has invited speculation that today could be Reid’s final game on an NFL sideline.
“I’m not getting any younger,” Reid said. “I still have a young quarterback. I have a decision I have to make after this game” (video link). The 64-year-old also made it clear that he has approached Super Bowl LVII with a different mentality to the other ones he has taken part in with respect to reflecting on the moment as opposed to focusing exclusively on the game itself.
In the aftermath of the Chiefs’ title from the 2019 season, Reid said retirement was not on his mind, even though that victory ended his personal championship drought which in a number of ways defined his coaching career to that point. His lone Super Bowl appearance with the Eagles ended in defeat, and he heads into tonight’s matchup with his former team with a 1-1 title game record in Kansas City. A second ring would further cement his status as one of the game’s most decorate coaches, but a retirement decision coming soon after would come as somewhat of a surprise.
Reid indicated in July 2020 that he would be willing to continue in his post throughout the length of quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ massive extension. That would require staying on the sidelines into his 70s, a feat which could remain appealing given the consistent success the Chiefs have enjoyed in recent years. Kansas City has hosted the AFC championship game five years in a row, and with Mahomes at the heart of a strong core of players, a significant decline does not appear likely any time soon. Reid is currently under contract through 2025.
Today’s game will be the center of attention around the league, of course. Reid’s self-proclaimed decision with respect to his career path will no doubt become a key storyline not long after it, though.