ANDY REID WAS at a profession crossroads within the early days of 2013. He had simply completed essentially the most tough 12 months of his profession, starting with the loss of life of his son Garrett — he died of an unintentional overdose, in response to the Northampton County, Pennsylvania, coroner — throughout coaching camp and ending with the Eagles at 4-12, the worst document of his profession.
His 14-year tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles resulted in his firing.
Some mates informed Reid, then 54, that it would do him some good to step away from soccer for a 12 months to loosen up and refresh.
Reid mentioned he thought-about the concept however by no means significantly. He would inform them unfailingly he was extra nervous about himself if he did not have the seven-day-per-week construction that teaching offered.
That was 11 years in the past.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs job he took solely days after being fired by the Eagles has turned out higher than he dared dream. Below his steering, the Chiefs received a pair of Tremendous Bowls and will get a 3rd on Sunday once they face the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium (6:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
Reid is now approaching one other crossroads. His twenty fifth season as an NFL head coach will probably be over after Tremendous Bowl LVIII, and he turns 66 subsequent month.
The Chiefs, not like the Eagles 11 years in the past, are definitely comfy with Reid teaching subsequent season and into the foreseeable future. How Reid feels about it’s unsure. He lately mentioned he hadn’t given the matter any thought.
The query on the heart of it: Has sufficient modified in these 11 years that Reid can be comfy abandoning teaching and the prospect to win extra Tremendous Bowl championships with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback?
These closest to Reid can be stunned.
“He is in a superb place, not simply with Pat however together with his teaching workers and with the personnel workers,” Kansas Metropolis normal supervisor Brett Veach mentioned. “That is the setup he is all the time needed. I believe he has a whole lot of soccer teaching forward of him, and I can see him teaching for the foreseeable future right here. I believe he is received a superb chunk of time left.”
EVERY YEAR BEFORE coaching camp, Reid takes a trip. He usually heads to a home close to the seaside in California. Even then, he takes work with him.
He’ll spend a few hours a day on soccer, whether or not he is watching video or drawing up performs for attainable inclusion within the playbook.
“I take pleasure in doing that,” Reid mentioned. “Some individuals learn novels. I take a look at performs.”
Chiefs particular groups coordinator Dave Toub has labored with Reid for nearly 20 years within the NFL and school, together with all 11 seasons with the Chiefs. He mentioned he has by no means identified Reid to do far more than are likely to his job.
“[Football] is his interest,” Toub mentioned. “That is all he does. I am making an attempt to get Andy to play golf. I am making an attempt to get him to go looking. He simply will not do it.”
Reid has a non-football bucket record. He’s obscure about what’s on it, although he did say that gadgets similar to climbing Mount Everest and breaking par at Pebble Seaside aren’t included.
“There are stuff you wish to do,” Reid mentioned. “I attempt to chip away at them. There’s nothing large. I went to Italy [last summer]. Good consuming. I ate my method from the north to the south.”
Mahomes thinks it’s going to be some time earlier than Reid is popping his consideration to his bucket record full time.
“Apart from spending time together with his grandkids, he does not do any of that stuff,” Mahomes mentioned. “He is all about soccer and cheeseburgers.”
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REID IS ALREADY the all-time chief in teaching wins for 2 franchises, the one coach who could make that declare. He has coached in 11 convention title video games, together with the present streak of six with the Chiefs.
Sunday will probably be Reid’s fifth Tremendous Bowl and fourth with the Chiefs. He is 2-2, counting a loss with the Eagles. He is considered one of 13 head coaches with two or extra Tremendous Bowl wins and can be considered one of 5 with at the very least three if the Chiefs beat the 49ers.
Reid would stroll away with a listing of accomplishments few coaches have matched. However that hasn’t all the time been the principle driver for Reid.
To not say the wins and losses for Reid are unimportant. He takes the losses onerous. One longtime buddy mentioned he has not often seen Reid extra despondent than after the Chiefs misplaced to the Cincinnati Bengals within the AFC Championship Sport in time beyond regulation.
However Reid additionally enjoys the non-game day components of his job — educating and main, dissecting video, designing performs, matching wits with opposing coaches. He begins each week throughout the season saying he’s trying ahead to the problem introduced by that week’s opponent.
“There’s part of him that will get as a lot satisfaction from the each day routine and the camaraderie and serving to individuals as from the profitable,” Veach mentioned.
“He is an educator by nature and he spends as a lot time [talking] with individuals about their wives and their children as anybody. That is an enormous deal for him. It is like he is not only a coach however a life mentor to so many individuals, and I believe that is gratifying to him in so some ways. Not having that might be a battle for him as a result of he feeds off the optimistic vitality, and he feeds off giving again.”
Reid has every part with the Chiefs that he has needed: steady and supportive possession from Clark Hunt; a vivid normal supervisor in Veach; a roster stocked with good, younger gamers; and, in fact, Mahomes, a generational expertise who’s 28 years previous.
“He loves soccer a lot,” Mahomes mentioned. “Even within the offseason, he’ll textual content me, ask me questions, do I like this play or do I like that play? He loves being across the sport and having the ability to take pleasure in it. We’re having a lot enjoyable. It is not a lot the profitable. We legit have a lot enjoyable on the constructing that I believe it might be onerous for him to stroll away.”
Reid’s departure would rock the Kansas Metropolis franchise in some ways. It appears way back now, however Hunt remembers the state of the Chiefs earlier than Reid’s arrival: 5 dropping data within the earlier six seasons as a once-proud franchise struggled to search out its method.
With Mahomes at quarterback, the Chiefs are in a significantly better place. But when Reid leaves, persevering with the success may rely upon discovering somebody who, like Reid, can tie every part collectively.
That will not be simple, however Hunt mentioned he senses that activity is way off.
“As I see Andy, he stays extremely energized and excited,” Hunt mentioned. “I believe he has as a lot vitality and keenness as I’ve seen within the 10-plus years he is been with us.”