There’s no retirement age in the NFL, and that’s a good idea for Super Bowl-bound Kansas City and Tampa Bay.
Andy Reid and Bruce Arians are 2 of the league’s five oldest coaches. Reid is surrounding 63; Arians turned 68 last October. They have actually an integrated 55 years of NFL experience and spent nearly another three decades operating at the college level.
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Neither seems near to calling it a profession. Instead, they’re revealing that bald heads and gray facial hair might be a better choice than young and spry at football’s most important leadership position. These guys might just be getting started, too.
Reid signed a six-year contract extension in November that might keep him with the Chiefs through2025 Arians told a Tampa radio station Wednesday he prepares to return in 2021 even if the Buccaneers beat Kansas City in your home in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Arians was asked on WDAE-FM whether he would “ride off into the sunset” with a victory.
” Hell, no!” he stated. “I’m opting for 2. If the (owners) will have me back, I’ll be back.”
Reid, who ranks fifth on the NFL wins list with 238, is in the middle of his eighth season in Kansas City after a long tenure in Philadelphia. He took over a team that was 2-14 before his arrival and developed a consistent winner, one that has reached new heights under Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
” A person like Patrick will keep you really, really young,” Arians joked.
Reid and the Chiefs are trying to become the first team in 16 years to win successive Super Bowls, joining a special list of dynasties that consists of Green Bay (1967-68), Miami (’72-73), Pittsburgh (’75-76, ’79-80), San Francisco (’89-90), Dallas (’92-93), Denver (’98-99) and New England (2003-04).
” Growing up as an Eagles fan, I was able to cheer for a bunch of his teams,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He does an outstanding task with his team. And after that, in particular the offense, he is an excellent professional in what he has his group do.
” I have always appreciated how much they have actually developed throughout the years and the various things that they do which are so various than what they were doing, you know, 20 years ago in Philadelphia. I just think so highly of him as a coach.”
There’s little doubt that Reid’s “throw to win” viewpoint is the NFL model nowadays. The way he manages the locker space ought to offer another blueprint for success.
” As a head football coach, you try to join, ensure people have an opportunity to express their beliefs and sensations like you would around a dinner table but have an open online forum and respect for one another,” Reid said. “That’s what ‘team’ is everything about.
” We all come from various places and it does not matter religion or color or anything else, we’re humans and I believe we have an opportunity to look at the very best of each other. … We all have strengths and weaknesses. Every human has that, their strength and weak point, and our objective as a football group is your strength is going to cover up my weakness; my strength will cover your weakness and we go roll. That’s kind of how we do it here.”
Arians has been similarly skillful in mixing six-time Super Bowl champ and three-time league MVP Tom Brady with a relatively young lineup that includes off-the-street additions in tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back Leonard Fournette and receiver Antonio Brown.
There was some speculation Arians might be on the verge of retirement. He stepped away following the 2017 season in Arizona due to medical concerns. After a year out of football, he returned with Tampa Bay in 2019 and then made a bold call to carry on from general No. 1 draft pick Jameis Winston.
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The Bucs signed Brady, now 43, to a two-year contract that produced a small Super Bowl window.
They made it take place by beating Washington, New Orleans and Green Bay on the roadway. Now, the Bucs get to face Kansas City in the house– the first string in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its normal location.
And the bald and bespectacled men on either sideline will play an essential function in the outcome. Arians could make history, too. New England’s Costs Belichick is the earliest coach to win a Super Bowl. He was 66 when the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 2 years ago.
” We have a cause and our cause is to put rings on our fingers,” Arians stated. “You do everything you can to reach that goal.”
No matter age.