One of the theories bouncing around when six-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Belichick did not land one of the open head coaching jobs is that he could take over in Kansas City if Andy Reid decides to call it a career.
When looking at the NFL futures odds, the Moneyline is at +700 for Reid to retire if the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs are listed by the NFL betting lines as the two-point underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of Super Bowl LIV and that happened to be the first of Reid’s Super Bowl titles.
The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Kickoff is shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET.
Reid Keeping Mum
If Reid is planning to call it a career, he has done a good job of keeping it from the throngs of media members at the Super Bowl.
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid swatted down the idea he might retire if he leads the Chiefs to Super Bowl victory for the third time when they face the San Francisco 49ers in #SBLVIII https://t.co/pn5DlGPp1N pic.twitter.com/mstFsc2Es5
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 9, 2024
“I haven’t gone there,” Reid was quoted as saying in a story written by Jeff Reynolds of Field Level Media. “I don’t think about that. I’m tied up in the game and trying to take care of that. I’m sure somewhere, I’ll know when that time is. It’s not today and it won’t be Sunday.”
The 65-year-old Reid made his coaching debut in 1982 as a graduate assistant at Brigham Young. He made the jump to the NFL in 1992 as the assistant offensive line coach and tight ends coach with the Green Bay Packers. In 1997, the Packers promoted him to quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. A year later he landed his first head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Despite leading the Eagles to nine playoff berths and a Super Bowl appearance, his contract was not renewed after the 2012 season.
When one door closed, another opened as he headed to the Chiefs.
The head coaches to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles include Green Bay’s Vince Lombardi, Miami’s Don Shula, Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll, San Francisco’s Bill Walsh, Dallas’ Jimmy Johnson, Denver’s Mike Shanahan, and Belichick.
Reid can join that list with a win on Sunday. He would also join Walsh and Joe Gibbs as a three-time Super Bowl-winning coach. Only Belichick and Noll have more Super Bowl titles.
With Belichick not currently employed by an NFL team after his remarkable run with the Patriots came to an end, Reid is the winningest active NFL head coach with 258 wins. That ranks fourth in NFL history.
His 25 postseason wins are second only to Belichick’s total of 31.
Leaving on His Own Terms?
The way things played out with Belichick in New England is a reminder of how difficult a business it is being an NFL head coach.
Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys is another legendary coach sent packing and there were rumblings that Shula walked away with a bit of a push from Miami owner Wayne Huizenga.
Bill Walsh stepped away from the NFL after coaching the 49ers to their second Super Bowl title in five years.
Bill Cowher left coaching one year after leading the Steelers to a Super Bowl title. It was the same story for Gibbs in 1992 before he opted to return to Washington in 2004.
Could Reid be ready to follow a similar script?
For those looking for a different betting angle for Reid, Burger King, and In-and-Out are the leaders at +400 according to the BetUS sportsbook for the place that the Chiefs coach will eat after the Super Bowl. The odds are at +120 for Reid to go over 1.5 patties on his post-game burger.
Questions Of The Day
Who was favored the last time Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs played the San Francisco 49ers in a Super Bowl?
When the teams met in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs were listed by the NFL spread as a 1½-point favorite. Kansas City covered with a 31-20 win.
Will this be the final game that Andy Reid coaches in the NFL?
There has been speculation that Reid could retire after the game. That could be more of an option if the Chiefs make it back-to-back Super Bowl titles.