Around this time every year, there’s a question about Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid: Will he be back next season, or does he plan on retiring?
In 2023, the situation is a little different. In both the professional and collegiate ranks, several longtime coaches have moved on from their teams.
The New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick have agreed to part ways after 24 years with Belichick at the helm. This comes on the heels of the Seattle Seahawks announcing that Pete Carroll will no longer serve as their head coach — and after longtime Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban announced his retirement from football.
As the offseason begins, there are always positions that open up; underperforming teams are looking to start anew. But it’s not often that multiple coaches with that kind of tenure move on in the same week.
Could Reid be joining them?
During his press conference on Thursday, he said that the idea of retirement hasn’t crossed his mind; instead, he’s focused on facing the Miami Dolphins in Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game.
Still, the 65-year-old coach wasn’t surprised by the question.
“I figured that would come up when you guys were asking these questions,” he remarked with a smile. “Because I’m old — but not that old.”
Sometimes we see head coaches say one thing and then do another — but for now, it seems like Reid plans to coach at least one more year.