Kansas City coach Andy Reid became one of the most successful NFL coaches to win his first Super Bowl championship last season.
Will Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians follow suit this year?
Those veteran coaches meet in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday. Reid and Arians are among the six NFL 60-or-older coaches in the NFL, and both have a proven track record of success.
Reid has led the Chiefs to five consecutive AFC West titles, and Kansas City has a chance to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since New England in 2003-04.
Arians is making his first appearance as a head coach in the Super Bowl. He was an assistant coach on two Super Bowl championship teams in Pittsburgh before becoming a head coach.
Sporting News sizes up the coaching matchup between Reid and Arians:
Andy Reid vs. Bruce Arians Super Bowl appearances
Reid is making his third Super Bowl appearance as a head coach and fourth overall. He was the Packers’ assistant offensive line and tight ends coach under Mike Holmgren in 1997. Reid led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl appearance in 2005 as a head coach before a 24-21 loss to New England in Super Bowl 39.
Reid led Kansas City past San Francisco in a 31-20 victory last season for his first Super Bowl championship as a head coach.
Arians was an assistant coach for Pittsburgh during their Super Bowl championship runs in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. He was the wide receivers coach in the first one and offensive coordinator in the second one.
Arians can pass Belichick as the oldest coach to win the Super Bowl. Belichick was 66 years old when he led New England to a 13-3 victory against Los Angeles in Super Bowl 53.
How many seasons has Andy Reid coached in the NFL?
Reid is in his 22nd season as a head coach in the NFL. He was an assistant coach in the college game from 1982-91 before taking a job as an assistant with Green Bay in 1992. He was on the Packers’ staff during a Super Bowl championship run in 1996-97. Reid coached Philadelphia from 1999-2012 and has been the head coach for Kansas City since 2013.
How many seasons has Bruce Arians coached in the NFL?
Arians in his seventh full season as a head coach in the NFL. He was an assistant coach in college and the NFL from 1975-2012. He was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 1997 before taking the quarterbacks coach job with the Colts the following seasons. He was an offensive coordinator in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Arian was Indianapolis’ interim coach in 2012. He was the Arizona’s head coach from 2013-17 and took over as Tampa Bay’s head coach in 2019.
Who are the NFL’s oldest head coaches?
Reid and Arians are among the six NFL head coaches who are in their 60s. Here is a closer look at those coaches:
|Vic Fangio, Broncos||62|
|Andy Reid, Chiefs||62|
|Mike Zimmer, Vikings||64|
|Bruce Arians, Buccaneers||68|
|Bill Belichick, Patriots||68|
|Pete Carroll, Seahawks||69|
Belichick has the best Super Bowl record among those coaches at 6-3. Carroll and Reid are 1-1, and this is Arians’ first Super Bowl appearance as a head coach.
Andy Reid vs. Bruce Arians head coaching records
Reid is 221-130-1 and ranks sixth all time among NFL coaches in wins. The only coaches with more regular-season wins are Don Shula (328), George Halas (318), Belichick (280), Tom Landry (250) and Curly Lambeau (226). Reid owns a .629 winning percentage, which ranks 23rd all time.
Arians is 67-44-1 as a head coach. He owns a .603 winning percentage in that stretch, which is eighth among active head coaches and 37th all time. A total of 38 coaches have a winning percentage of .600 or better. Los Angeles’ Sean McVay is the only active coach with a better winning percentage than Arians who hasn’t won a Super Bowl.
Andy Reid vs. Bruce Arians playoff record
Reid ranks fourth all time with 16 playoff appearances. The only coaches with more are Don Shula (19), Tom Landy (18) and Belichick (18). Reid has a 17-14 playoff record.
Arians is 6-4 in the postseason as a head coach. He guided Arizona to the NFC championship game in 2015-16. This is his first playoff appearance with Tampa Bay, and he led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl as the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Andy Reid vs. Bruce Arians head-to-head meetings
Reid and Arians have only met twice as head coaches. Both games were decided by three points. Here is a closer look at those two meetings:
Arizona 17, Kansas City 14 (Dec. 7, 2014)
The Cardinals edged the Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium to improve to 10-3. Drew Stanton threw the game-winning 26-yard TD pass to Drew Stanton with 3:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. Alex Smith passed for 293 yards in the loss for the Chiefs, which dropped to 7-6.
Kansas City 27, Tampa Bay 24 (Nov. 29, 2020)
The Chiefs jumped out to a 27-10 lead and withstood a fourth-quarter comeback by Tom Brady to hold for the victory. Patrick Mahomes passed for 462 yards and three TDs, and Tyreek Hill had 269 receiving yards and three scores. Brady finished with 345 yards, three TDs and two interceptions.