Patrick Mahomes checked on Andy Reid’s commitment to coaching the Chiefs before signing.
The magic of the Kansas City Chiefs offense is a two-fold combination, a mix of a superstar young quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and the creative genius of his head coach Andy Reid. Mahomes made it clear on Tuesday that he knew Reid was as much a part of the Chiefs’ ability to achieve sustained success as anyone else.
When speaking to reporters on Tuesday in media call about Mahomes’ new 10-year, $500 million-plus extension, Mahomes stated he wanted to check in with his head coach while he considered signing with the franchise for such a long time.
“I talked to him, I think, before I signed the deal, and he said what he said to y’all, that he had no thoughts of retiring any time soon. Obviously that’s a huge part of it,” said Mahomes.
The Chiefs quarterback also stated that the youth and expertise of the front office was another reason for deciding to commit essentially the majority of his playing career, if not all, to a single team.
“Having Brett Veach, a young general manager, who has done a great job of drafting and putting a lot of great players around me, was another huge boost of confidence to sign this 10-year extension,” said Mahomes.
Mahomes and Reid are at two different points of their respective careers with just enough potential overlap to make things interesting. Reid is in the twilight of a career that will one day be honored with a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the age of 62, Reid has already been a head coach at the highest level for 21 years. Before that he was an assistant coach at the collegiate and professional levels for another 17 seasons. Mahomes, on the other hand, is only 24, having accomplished so much with only two seasons under center.
None of that sounds like it matters to Reid, who himself answered questions about potential retirement. In short, Reid said it hasn’t crossed his mind.
“I haven’t gotten to that point mentally where I’m thinking about retirement,” said Reid. “I love doing what I’m doing. One of the great things about this job is when you look forward to coming to work to deal with guys, the players and coaches, and I’m lucky to be aorund good players and coaches. This guy right here makes that even better.”
While things can change over time, Reid sounds like a man ready to further his legacy as far as Patrick Mahomes can take him. For Chiefs Kingdom, it’s the ideal pairing and it’s one that should remain in place for years to come.