Since winning his first Super Bowl four years ago, Andy Reid has had to answer questions about his eventual retirement. This week in Las Vegas ahead of Super Bowl V, he put those doubts to rest.
But what if instead of stepping down after the game, the longtime head coach gets an extension?
Officials told CBS Sports that an extension is more likely than retirement for Reid to play in his fifth Super Bowl. Reid, one of the winningest coaches in history, is eligible for a raise almost regardless of the outcome of Sunday night's game. He signed a six-year contract extension after winning his first Super Bowl four years ago, and has two years remaining on his current contract.
Sources have pointed out how low Reid's salary is. His annual salary is nearly $12 million, which ranks about 10th in the league among all head coaches. If he wins on Sunday, Lombardi will become the third head coach among 31 other active head coaches, bringing the total to six.
And with the recent additions of Sean Payton and Jim Harbaugh to the AFC West, Reid is now the third highest-paid coach in his division, making more than $5 million annually less than those two. .
One source said, “He's not retiring.'' “He's not being paid what he's supposed to be paid. There's a problem with the whole organization. Salary shouldn't be there all the way from top to bottom.”
In some ways, the Chiefs are victims of their own success. The idea is that what they have is enough because they are able to beat any franchise in the league today.
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In fact, Kansas City has some of the smallest analytics and sports science departments in the entire league. An NFL Players Association survey of last year's players ranked the Chiefs 29th out of 32 in categories such as weight room, training room and team travel.
In Week 18, the Chiefs were unable to watch the Bills-Dolphins game during the flight because the plane could not receive the channel. Kansas City will play Miami in the playoffs a week later. During last year's hot summer practices, the Chiefs couldn't even use their indoor facility because there was no air conditioning.
When the Chiefs arrived at the Raiders' facility for practice this week, the entire staff saw the difference in the team's facility. Reed couldn't help but praise his intra-departmental rival and perhaps even sent a message of his own to his boss.
“They did this the right way,” Reid said of the Raiders' facilities during Wednesday's pool report. “It's wide. I don't think it will exceed that in a year or two.
“We never thought we'd be practicing here. I don't know if they're the happiest with this. We're trying to cherish it as much as we can. Respect what they got here.” are doing” . This is beautiful. “
Securing human resources has also become difficult. Running backs coach Greg Lewis was there from 2017 to the 2022 season, but the Ravens offered him a contract the Chiefs couldn't match, and he went to Baltimore as wide receivers coach. Brant Tillis, a key member of the team's front office staff, doubled his salary to go to Carolina this offseason, sources say.
“This is what's bothering Andy,” the source said. “It's exhausting. You're fighting for every dime and two to keep everything going.”
Although Reed has not officially stated that he will return in 2024, all signs and symptoms point to him returning. Chiefs officials say no plans for his succession have been discussed. One person recalled that the entire organization was taken by surprise about two months ago when it was reported that Mr. Reed might retire at the end of the year.
“The idea of Andy retiring is often discussed internally. [Nick] Saban [retiring] and [Bill] “It's natural to think about Belichick,” one source said, adding, “He hasn't told anyone about it. It's not on the radar.”
Reed will turn 66 in March. He is the oldest coach in the league after Belichick and Pete Carroll left. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is the second oldest coach in the league at 61 years old. Reed is one of six coaches over 60 years old.
He ranks second all-time in playoff wins behind Belichick. His combined record of 283-160-1 ranks him fourth in career wins behind Don Shula, Belichick and George Halas.
He never lost in Kansas City and made the playoffs in all but one season with the Chiefs.
In 2017, after making the postseason with Alex Smith at quarterback, Reid decided to move up to No. 10 in the NFL Draft and take Patrick Mahomes. Smith started that season and set career highs in passing yards and passing touchdowns, but the Chiefs handed over the team from Smith to Mahomes in the offseason.
Since then, they have advanced to the final four in the NFL postseason every year.
Reid finally acquired Lombardi in the 2019 season, winning Super Bowl IV in South Florida with a fourth-quarter rally to beat the 49ers 31-20. This solidified his position in Canton, and last year ended in a glacial period for Lombardi.
Before Reid arrived in Kansas City, the Chiefs had an overall playoff record of 8-14. It's now 23:00 to 21:00.
The Hunt family founded the Chiefs in 1959, and Clark Hunt currently serves as the team's CEO. Like most of his family-owned NFL teams, most of Hunt's funds are kept with the team and are not liquid. One thing the NFL league office is considering is allowing institutional investors to buy a portion of the team to inject cash into owners like Hunt if needed.
According to Forbes, the Chiefs are valued at $4.3 billion, more than double their 2018 valuation of $2.1 billion. But Hunt can't take advantage of that. Still, the Chiefs will earn $610 million in state revenue in 2022, which doesn't include the revenue the organization would have brought in locally, minus all expenses.
As many sources have pointed out, as long as Reid still wants to coach, why should he leave? Mahomes, 28, is under contract through his age-36 season, so he's not going anywhere.
There are no lifetime contracts in the NFL, and we just saw it play out in New England. However, there will likely be discussions between Reid and the Chiefs this offseason about when and how long he wants to continue coaching.