Kansas City Chiefs fans have been spoiled the last decade by what Andy Reid has been able to accomplish as head coach. After toiling for nearly two decades, making the playoffs only four times in the 17 seasons before his arrival, the Chiefs have turned into perennial Super Bowl contenders.
Kansas City has ranked in the top six for points scored and yardage for five consecutive seasons and is well on its way to making it a sixth. They are once again among the favorites to contend for a Super Bowl ring with Patrick Mahomes leading the offense.
Reid has done a masterful job leading this team, getting the most out of everyone on the roster. He has shown no signs of slowing down, but as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Eventually, Reid will no longer patrol the sidelines as the Chiefs’ head coach.
While that day hopefully won’t come for a while, Reid will turn 65 years old next year. He is the third oldest head coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick, who is 70 and Pete Carroll, who is now 71.
The organization could start putting a plan together for who will succeed Reid as the team’s head coach. Out of people currently on the staff, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy would make a lot of sense. He is in his fifth season as offensive coordinator and if other teams aren’t going to give him a chance as head coach, the Chiefs may as well promote him down the line.
However, another former Reid staff member could be in line for the job. According to NFL Rumors on Twitter, many believe that former Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy could be the successor to Reid in Kansas City when he decides to step away from the game.
Nagy spent four uninspiring seasons with the Bears as head coach before being fired this past offseason. The team went 34-31 under his watch, but after a 12-win campaign to begin his tenure, he never won more than eight games in a single season.
Before that, he was the quarterbacks’ coach on Reid’s staff from 2013-2016. He was promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2017 season before being hired away by the Bears to become their head coach.
Nagy is back with the Chiefs as their quarterbacks’ coach once again, as he was hired shortly after Mike Kafka departed the position to take over as the New York Giants offensive coordinator.
This is something that will likely make Chiefs fans squeamish to read as Nagy didn’t excel during his time with Chicago. Chiefs fans are going to hold out hope that Andy Reid never retires if Nagy is the succession plan they are putting in place.