Super Bowl: Chiefs coach Andy Reid shuts down retirement rumors as he insists ‘today is not the day’ ahead of the big game in Las Vegas, claiming he’ll ‘know when it’s time’
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid shut down rumors of his retirement after the Super Bowl during a press conference at Allegiant Stadium.
Reid is headed for his fifth Super Bowl appearance as an NFL head coach in his 25th year in the league. As a result, many wondered if a win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday would be the 65-year-old’s swan song.
But when the topic of retirement came up for Reid ahead of this week’s big game, he alluded to a piece of advice his parents gave him at a young age.
“My mom and dad told me that when they were working,” Reid replied. “They said, ‘You’ll know when it’s time,’ and now I’m ready to go.” Let’s go.
‘That’s what they would tell me when I was young. I was a curious child and so that’s how I look at it. Somewhere you’re going to know when it’s time. Today is not the day.’
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid shut down retirement rumors during a press conference
Reid and the Chiefs are headed for their fourth Super Bowl appearance in the last five years
There is speculation that Reid could retire after another Super Bowl with Travis Kelce and co
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt also claimed that there was no indication that the coach was preparing to call it quits after the Super Bowl.
“I don’t have a sense of what he’s thinking,” Hunt said. ‘I do know he’s really engaged and enjoying himself and I have no sense that he’s going to be ready to retire in the near future. But in terms of how long it goes, I don’t know. Certainly I hope it’s still a long time in the future, but we’ll just have to see as we go.’
When asked if the Chiefs front office was prepared in the event of Reid’s retirement, Hunt insisted it was too early to tell, even with the season finale just days away.
“I felt it was too early to start worrying about it at this point,” Hunt said. “It would certainly be premature.”
Reid’s comments come after NBC’s Mike Florio said on the Zach Gelby Show that the Chiefs have Reid’s potential departure “on their radar.”
There was also a report last month that Bill Belichick will take the Chiefs job if Reid does decide to end his coaching career.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Sean McDonough admitted ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’ and admitted he wouldn’t be surprised if Reid did retire.
He told The Greg Hill Show on 93.7 WEEI Boston: ‘There was a little bit of talk about (the rumours), not a lot.
The Chiefs are coming off wins against the Dolphins, Bills and Ravens in the postseason
Reid’s first head coaching job in the NFL came with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2012
Reid leads the Chiefs to the title in 2020 and 2023 against the 49ers and Eagles, respectively
‘It certainly didn’t happen, but where there’s smoke there’s fire. I trust Adam Schefter.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Andy was considering it; I mean, he’s certainly at the end of his career.
“I’m a big believer in going out on top, so if he were to win and he considered it, I wonder if that might force him to be more inclined to retire and go out with a Super Bowl championship .
“Whether Bill gets up there or not, wow, that would be a lot. I would guess it won’t happen, but Schefty is plugged in, that’s for sure. So, who knows.’
Reid’s coaching career dates back to 1982 when he served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater BYU. He then went on a string of offensive line coaching gigs in the NCAA with San Francisco State, Northern Arizona, UTEP and Missouri.
Reid entered the NFL in 1992 when he was hired by the Green Bay Packers to take charge of their offensive line and tight ends. Five years later, Green Bay would promote him to quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. Reid got his first taste of a title when the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.
A win on Sunday would make Kansas City the first repeat Super Bowl winners in 20 years
After landing his first head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles, a position he held from 1999-2012, Reid found himself in Kansas City.
Under his leadership, the Chiefs now appear in their fourth Super Bowl in the last five seasons. They won two of those games, including last year’s Super Bowl LVII against the Eagles.
Reid won his first title with Kansas City in 2020 against the 49ers. On Sunday, they meet San Francisco again in a battle for the Lombardi Trophy. A win in Las Vegas would make the Chiefs the first repeat Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.
“I love being a part of the organization,” Reid said. “It’s a great organization. And then we won some games, but we have to keep going. We have to keep after this thing.’