Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid strongly indicated shortly after his team notched a 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday night that he was returning for another season even though he turns 66 years old in March.
Reid confirmed that decision during a Monday news conference and also addressed the numerous retirement rumors that hovered over his status leading up to Sunday’s game.
“I actually haven’t even thought about [retiring],” Reid insisted, as shared by Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I get asked it. I’m still kind of in awe of the game and what went on there, so, I really haven’t thought why or what or anything else. But people keep asking me.”
Interestingly, Reid mentioned that former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (71 years old) and former Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (72) “retired” after Week 18. That’s not the case regarding either man, and at least Belichick could return to the NFL sidelines as soon as the 2025 season.
Ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, general manager Brett Veach and Chiefs chairman/CEO Clark Hunt hinted that Reid would be back for another campaign whether or not he earned a third Super Bowl ring in four years with Kansas City. However, it was later reported that Reid “could take a week or two after the season to let things cool off before making anything final” about his future.
Reid apparently doesn’t need that much time.
“I’m the old guy now, so I guess I’m going to be asked that,” Reid added about receiving questions about an eventual retirement. “And I really haven’t gone there. I really haven’t thought about it.”
Following Sunday’s matchup, Reid is fourth on the all-time list with 284 NFL wins (regular season and postseason combined) earned by a head coach. Belichick is second at 333 victories behind only Don Shula, who tallied 347 total career wins.
It’s unclear what, if anything, chasing Shula means to Reid, but “Big Red” sounds eager to continue coaching Mahomes as the signal-caller looks to at least match the seven Super Bowl titles accumulated by Tom Brady during his legendary career.