Wednesday, January 25, 2023

NFL exec predicts Chiefs’ Andy Reid to make abrupt career move

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In the long term, things are going very well for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on the verge of winning his second MVP award before his 28th birthday, there’s a lot of young promising talent on the Kansas City roster, and the team is in its fifth straight AFC Championship game.

But there could be an abrupt switch to the Chiefs if they win their second Super Bowl title in three seasons, and that switch affects head coach Andy Reid.

ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler spoke to league executives in the NFL to make bold predictions for the offseason, and one executive believes Reid could retire from coaching when the Chiefs win their second Super Bowl title, the Andy-Reid -Era win.

“This is hardly a slam dunk as Reid still dominates and Patrick Mahomes will be quartering the Chiefs for the next decade,” Fowler wrote on Jan. 24, often asking if Reid will eventually leave in the short term.”

Fowler also shared a comment from an AFC scout with whom he spoke that Reid might be retiring.

“I just think at some point he might make a life decision to walk away from the grind,” an AFC scout told Fowler. “At least I could see it.”

Kansas City’s 27-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs gave Reid 20 career playoff wins, making him the first coach in NFL history to win 10 two-team playoff games per win ESPN. In 2021, Reid also became the first coach in NFL history to win at least 100 regular season games with two teams.

Reid is fifth all-time in wins by an NFL head coach (147) and just three behind Tom Landry (150) for fourth all-time. He has led the Chiefs to at least the conference championships for the last 5 seasons (including this one) and has a superstar quarterback in the prime of his career.

Big Red is 64 years old, making him the third-oldest head coach in the NFL, behind Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick (70). Despite being the head coach in the NFL for 24 seasons, Reid has shown no signs of slowing down, whether it’s with his coaching or how he’s handling the idea of ​​retiring.

“I’m still coming to this 4th of July and the juices are starting to run. You’re like, ‘Man, I can’t wait to get back [to football],'” Reid said in an August 2022 interview with Sirius XM.

There’s a chance Reid will retire if he wins another Super Bowl this season. But with so much momentum in his favor, it’s hard to imagine he’ll do that.

The AFC Championship rematch between the Bengals and Chiefs takes place on Sunday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. Central Time at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be on CBS and Jim Nance and Tony Romo will be the broadcasters of this game and Tracy Wolfson will be the on-site reporter.

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