Andy Reid

Chiefs Want To Keep OTs Orlando Brown Jr., Andrew Wylie

The Chiefs’ offensive line was commended for their performance in Super Bowl LVII, keeping a dominant Eagles pass rush from recording a sack in the championship game. The bookends of that unit are pending free agents, but the team would prefer to keep them both.

Left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. played out the 2022 season on the franchise tag, after negotiations on a long-term deal failed to deliver a big-ticket extension. He has made clear his intention of staying in Kansas City for 2023 and beyond, though a below-market contract will not be considered in his situation. The four-time Pro Bowler earned a 75.4 PFF grade this season, an identical rating to the one from the previous campaign.

Brown, 26, made $16.6MM by playing on the tag last year. He would see his salary bump up to $19.9MM if a second tag were to be used, something which is reportedly expected to take place. If the Oklahoma alum were hit the open market, though, he would command a serious bidding war given his age and consistency. The Chiefs’ cap situation is also set to become more complicated as they move further into quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ mega-extension.

On the other side of the line, right tackle Andrew Wylie took on a full-time starting role in 2022. That made his one-year, $2.5MM contract signed last offseason a highly valuable one. The 28-year-old played over 1,000 snaps for the first time in his career, and while he only ranked 45th out of 81 qualifying tackles in PFF grade, he confirmed his presence as a versatile blocker. The Chiefs are no doubt facing numerous changes this offseason, but maintaining their tackle tandem appears to be a priority.

“Those guys obviously had good years for us,” head coach Andy Reid said when speaking to the media following the team’s Super Bowl victory. “All these contract things I haven’t gotten with [general manager Brett] Veach on at all. I kind of stay out of that world, but I think both guys are very well-liked here and I’m sure that Brett will surely make a strong attempt at keeping them here. But we’ll see how that goes” (h/t Pro Football Talk’s Myles Simmons).

Both Brown and Wylie are in line for raises compared to the 2022 campaign. Reid’s comments suggest they could be coming, though plenty of financial maneuvering will be needed on the Chiefs’ part to make that possible.

Andy Reid To Return In 2023

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.

The NFL’s Longest-Tenured Head Coaches

The NFL experienced a busy offseason on the coaching front. A whopping 10 teams changed coaches during the 2022 offseason, with the Buccaneers’ late-March switch pushing the number into double digits.

Fourteen of the league’s 32 head coaches were hired in the past two offseasons, illustrating the increased pressure the NFL’s sideline leaders face in today’s game. Two of the coaches replaced this year left on their own. Sean Payton vacated his spot in second on the longest-tenured HCs list by stepping down from his 16-year Saints post in February, while Bruce Arians has repeatedly insisted his Bucs exit was about giving his defensive coordinator a chance with a strong roster and not a Tom Brady post-retirement power play.

While Bill Belichick has been the league’s longest-tenured HC for many years, Payton’s exit moved Mike Tomlin up to No. 2. Mike Zimmer‘s firing after nine seasons moved Frank Reich into the top 10. Reich’s HC opportunity only came about because Josh McDaniels spurned the Colts in 2018, but Indianapolis’ backup plan has led the team to two playoff brackets and has signed an extension. Reich’s seat is hotter in 2022, however, after a January collapse. Linked to numerous HC jobs over the past several offseasons, McDaniels finally took another swing after his Broncos tenure ended quickly.

As 2022’s training camps approach, here are the NFL’s longest-tenured HCs:

  1. Bill Belichick (New England Patriots): January 27, 2000
  2. Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers): January 27, 2007; extended through 2024
  3. John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens): January 19, 2008; extended through 2025
  4. Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks): January 9, 2010; extended through 2025
  5. Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs): January 4, 2013; extended through 2025
  6. Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills): January 11, 2017; extended through 2025
  7. Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams): January 12, 2017; extended through 2023
  8. Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers): February 6, 2017; extended through 2025
  9. Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans): January 20, 2018; signed extension in February 2022
  10. Frank Reich (Indianapolis Colts): February 11, 2018; extended through 2026
  11. Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals): January 8, 2019; extended through 2027
  12. Matt LaFleur (Green Bay Packers): January 8, 2019
  13. Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals): February 4, 2019; extended through 2026
  14. Ron Rivera (Washington Football Team): January 1, 2020
  15. Matt Rhule (Carolina Panthers): January 7, 2020
  16. Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys): January 7, 2020
  17. Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland Browns): January 13, 2020
  18. Robert Saleh (New York Jets): January 15, 2021
  19. Arthur Smith (Atlanta Falcons): January 15, 2021
  20. Brandon Staley (Los Angeles Chargers): January 17, 2021
  21. Dan Campbell (Detroit Lions): January 20, 2021
  22. Nick Sirianni (Philadelphia Eagles): January 21, 2021
  23. Nathaniel Hackett (Denver Broncos): January 27, 2022
  24. Matt Eberflus (Chicago Bears): January 27, 2022
  25. Brian Daboll (New York Giants): January 28, 2022
  26. Josh McDaniels (Las Vegas Raiders): January 30, 2022
  27. Kevin O’Connell (Minnesota Vikings): February 2, 2022
  28. Doug Pederson (Jacksonville Jaguars): February 3, 2022
  29. Mike McDaniel (Miami Dolphins): February 6, 2022
  30. Dennis Allen (New Orleans Saints): February 7, 2022
  31. Lovie Smith (Houston Texans): February 7, 2022
  32. Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): March 30, 2022

Le’Veon Bell: “I’ll Never Play For Andy Reid Again”

Le’Veon Bell wants to continue his playing career in 2021, but he’s not exactly endearing himself to teams that might be interested in his services. Bell commented on a recent Instagram post by RapTV — a post concerning someone’s outlandish McDonald’s bill — and fellow commenters began asking him questions about his NFL future (h/t Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk).

In one of his responses, Bell said, “I’ll never play for [Chiefs head coach] Andy Reid again. I’d retire first.” Of course, Bell joined up with Reid’s Chiefs following his release from the Jets last October, and he ended up appearing in nine regular season games (two starts). He tallied 63 carries for 254 yards (4.0 YPC), and added 13 catches for 99 yards. However, he did not see the field in the AFC Championship game or the Super Bowl.

The nature of Bell’s beef with Reid is unclear, though the coach’s decision to keep him on the sidelines for KC’s two biggest postseason contests probably explains some (or all) of the animosity. Still, publicly airing grievances against one of the most respected and affable head coaches in the league is probably not in Bell’s best interests.

He recently cited his lack of usage with the Jets as the reason for his regression from his halcyon days in Pittsburgh, though his 311 touches in 2019 — his first and only full season in the Meadowlands — were the eighth-highest total in the league that year. He was tremendous with the Steelers in 2017, piling up nearly 2,000 scrimmage yards and 11 TDs en route to his second First Team All-Pro bid, but he sat out all of 2018 due to his infamous contract dispute with Pittsburgh, so he is now three years removed from his best work. As far as we know, neither the Chiefs nor any other club have expressed interest in Bell in 2021.

Obviously, Bell’s underwhelming performance with the Jets is at least partly attributable to the dearth of offensive talent on Gang Green’s roster (including the O-line), and the fact that he is still only 29 and hasn’t run up the odometer too much in recent years theoretically makes him an attractive option for any number of clubs. His inability to generate any interest on the open market could be indicative of what teams think about his fit in a locker room, and comments like those he made about Reid aren’t helping his cause.

Britt Reid No Longer With Chiefs

WEDNESDAY: A clarification on this matter emerged Wednesday evening. Reid’s administrative leave only applied through the end of his contract, which Adam Schefter of notes has expired (Twitter link). Reid is no longer with the Chiefs. Reid has been with the Chiefs throughout his father’s eight-year tenure as head coach.

TUESDAY: The Kansas City Chiefs announced this evening that they have placed outside linebackers coach Britt Reid on administrative leave (via’s Tom Pelissero on Twitter). This comes after last week’s car accident that left five-year-old Ariel Young in critical condition.

“We remain in the process of gathering information on the incident, and we will continue to assist local authorities as requested,” the statement read. “Our focus remains on Ariel Young and her family. We have reached out to the family to offer our support and resources to them during this difficult time, and we will continue to pray for her recovery.”

At the scene of the crash, an officer detected “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” on Reid, as well as his “bloodshot and red” eyes. Reid had admitted to having two or three alcoholic drinks and taking prescription Adderall before the accident.

The son of head coach Andy Reid, the younger Reid didn’t accompany the Chiefs to Tampa Bay for their eventual Super Bowl loss. Following the game, the head coach spoke for the first time about the auto crash.

“My heart goes out to all those who were involved in the accident, in particular the family with the little girl who’s fighting for her life,” Reid said (via ESPN’s Adam Teicher). “I can’t comment on it any more than what I am here. So the questions you have, I’m going to have to turn those down; but just from a human standpoint, my heart bleeds for everybody involved in that.”

The eighth-year Chiefs assistant has encountered legal issues in the past. Reid previously served five months in prison for a 2007 road rage incident and pleaded guilty to DUI and drug charges in a separate 2008 incident.

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.

Longest-Tenured Head Coaches In The NFL

Things move fast in today’s NFL and the old adage of “coaches are hired to be fired” has seemingly never been more true. For the most part, teams change their coaches like they change their underwear. 

A head coach can take his team to the Super Bowl, or win the Super Bowl, or win multiple Super Bowls, but they’re never immune to scrutiny. Just ask Tom Coughlin, who captured his second ring with the Giants after the 2011 season, only to receive his pink slip after the 2015 campaign.

There are also exceptions. Just look at Bill Belichick, who just wrapped up his 20th season at the helm in New England. You’ll also see a few others on this list, but, for the most part, most of today’s NFL head coaches are relatively new to their respective clubs. And, history dictates that many of them will be elsewhere when we check in on this list in 2022.

Over one-third (12) of the NFL’s head coaches have coached no more than one season with their respective teams. Meanwhile, less than half (15) have been with their current clubs for more than three years. It seems like just yesterday that the Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury, right? It sort of was – Kingsbury signed on with the Cardinals in January of 2019. Today, he’s practically a veteran.

Here’s the list of the current head coaches in the NFL, ordered by tenure, along with their respective start dates:

  1. Bill Belichick (New England Patriots): January 27, 2000
  2. Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints): January 18, 2006
  3. Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers): January 27, 2007
  4. John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens): January 19, 2008
  5. Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks): January 9, 2010
  6. Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs): January 4, 2013
  7. Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans): January 2, 2014
  8. Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings): January 15, 2014
  9. Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons): February 2, 2015
  10. Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles): January 18, 2016
  11. Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills): January 11, 2017
  12. Doug Marrone (Jacksonville Jaguars): December 19, 2016 (interim; permanent since 2017)
  13. Anthony Lynn (Los Angeles Chargers): January 12, 2017
  14. Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams): January 12, 2017
  15. Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers): February 6, 2017
  16. Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears): January 7, 2018
  17. Matt Patricia (Detroit Lions): February 5, 2018
  18. Frank Reich (Indianapolis Colts): February 11, 2018
  19. Jon Gruden (Las Vegas Raiders): January 6, 2018
  20. Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans): January 20, 2018
  21. Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals): January 8, 2019
  22. Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals): February 4, 2019
  23. Vic Fangio (Denver Broncos): January 10, 2019
  24. Matt LaFleur (Green Bay Packers): January 8, 2019
  25. Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins): February 4, 2019
  26. Adam Gase (New York Jets): January 11, 2019
  27. Bruce Arians (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): January 8, 2019
  28. Ron Rivera (Washington Redskins): January 1, 2020
  29. Matt Rhule (Carolina Panthers): January 7, 2020
  30. Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys): January 7, 2020
  31. Joe Judge (New York Giants): January 8, 2020
  32. Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland Browns): January 13, 2020

Chiefs Notes: Super Bowl, Mahomes, Reid

For the first time in 50 years, the Chiefs are champs. And, after their thrilling come-from-behind victory, many say the Chiefs won’t have to wait nearly as long for their next Super Bowl trophy.

Two, three, four – we’re going to build a dynasty here,” defensive tackle Chris Jones said last night (via Nancy Armour of USA Today). “To see that confetti fall – but this ain’t the only time. Kansas City, we’re fixing to build something special here.”

The dynasty is just starting,” tight end Travis Kelce declared. “We’re motivated to do it again. For sure.”

Building a dynasty in the NFL is easier said than done, but the Chiefs are loaded with talent (especially on offense) and have their core players all signed for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, but it’s also hard to dismiss the possibility that we could be witnessing the start of a dominant run for Kansas City.

Here’s more on the champs:

  • After winning the biggest prize in football, Patrick Mahomes reiterated his desire to stay with the Chiefs. “That’s stuff that’s handled with other people,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, I want to be in Kansas City a long time. I want to win a lot of football games.” The Chiefs, obviously, want to lock Mahomes down for years to come, but they don’t necessarily have to hammer out an extension this offseason. Mahomes still has one more year to go on his rookie deal – after that, the Chiefs can use the fifth-year option to hold him through 2021. When the deal finally happens, Mahomes could become the league’s first $200MM+ player with average yearly salaries in excess of $40MM/year.
  • Head coach Andy Reid, who secured his first Super Bowl trophy at the age of 61, isn’t thinking about retiring anytime soon. “I’ve got this young quarterback over here that makes life easy,” said Reid, in reference to Mahomes. Thanks to the extension he signed a few years back, the Chiefs have Reid under contract through the 2021 season.
  • Before the Super Bowl, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy confirmed that he is still eyeing a head coaching job. Given what he’s helped to build in KC, his big break can’t be far off.

Patrick Mahomes Ruled Out Vs. Packers

Patrick Mahomes will not suit up on Sunday night against the Packers. Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Matt Moore will get the start in place of Mahomes.

There remains no timetable for the MVP to return to the field. While there were fears that he may miss the season, it appears that Mahomes will return to the lineup at some point over the next few weeks.

Moore completed 10-of-19 passes in relief of Mahomes last week for the Chiefs. He accumulated 117 passing yards. Kyle Shurmur is the back-up to Moore.

West Rumors: Chiefs, Brown, Bolts, Rams

Andy Reid has worked with an MVP before (Brett Favre) and coached Pro Bowlers in Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Alex Smith. But Chiefs GM Brett Veach makes the case the seventh-year Kansas City HC has never had the kind possibilities for creativity, without limitations, that Patrick Mahomes provides.

I think Andy understands that the talent he has in this kid is like nothing he’s ever had before,” Veach said, via Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. “Not to say he didn’t have good quarterbacks before, not to say he didn’t have a great rapport or relationship with them, but I think Andy’s creativity is not restricted now in any way, not by mental, not by arm strength, not by mobility. Because sometimes you get super-smart guys, and maybe they don’t have this … or you get guys that don’t have this, but they have that.”

Over the course of Reid’s Chiefs tenure, he has steadily incorporated college concepts into his offense. He helped coax the best season of Smith’s career in 2017, but Mahomes’ runaway MVP season obviously established a new bar for the Reid offense’s modern capabilities. In Pryor’s expansive article detailing the relationship between Reid and Mahomes, Veach adds the 21st-year HC not having to scrap any of his play designs separates his partnership with Mahomes.

Here is the latest out of the West divisions, continuing first with (a given) the Antonio Brown saga:

  • Brown is about out of options, and Tom Pelissero of notes (on Twitter) Mike Mayock‘s comments Sunday set the stage for potential Raiders discipline if the mercurial receiver does not practice soon. Another Brown option: a lawsuit that would allow him an injunction, thus enabling him for a time to wear his old helmet while the case plays out. That would be a rather extreme response, especially coming after a report indicating Brown was unlikely to appeal the arbitrator’s decision. But that was before NFL- and NFLPA-backed testing struck down Brown’s 2011 Schutt AiR Advantage helmet solution bid failed. Brown could still appeal, but it does not seem probable he would prevail. The Raiders’ dress-rehearsal game is Thursday; it is quite possible, if not likely, Brown will not play in the preseason.
  • Derwin James‘ absence will test the Chargers, but it makes their March re-signing of Adrian Phillips all the more important. The sixth-year safety/All-Pro special-teamer made a big difference playing as a hybrid linebacker in the Chargers’ Round 1 win over the Ravens, and Eric Williams of notes he will receive first crack at replacing James. Phillips (94 tackles in 2018 before a two-turnover wild-card performance) started Sunday’s preseason game against the Saints.
  • The contract-year statuses of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters may force the Rams to consider the big picture when finalizing their roster. Les Snead could well keep an extra corner this season because of the potential 2020 departures of the team’s starting corners, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic writes (subscription required). In addition to Talib and Peters, slot starter Nickell Robey-Coleman, Troy Hill and third-round pick David Long will be roster locks. That leaves one or two spots left for a host of players who have shown well in camp, with Bonsignore singling out 2018 waiver claim Darious Williams and 2017 UDFA Kevin Peterson as the leaders to round out the corner corps. The latter missed all of 2018 due to injury, but both players have had standout camps. In addition to the Colts, Patriots and Saints, the Rams may begin receiving trade calls on some corners.