Andy Reid, Bruce Arians set to make Super Bowl history in oldest coaching matchup

"I'm not sure that's a mark either one of us want, but we got it now," Reid says.
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(610 Sports) In a coaching industry that has become increasingly younger over the years, the Chiefs' Andy Reid and the Buccaneers' Bruce Arians are set to make history on Sunday.

The 62-year-old Reid and 68-year-old Arians will be part of the oldest coaching matchup in Super Bowl history -- with their 130 years of combined age surpassing that of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, 62, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, 63, in Super Bowl XLIX.

"I'm not sure that's a mark either one of us want, but we got it now," Reid said. "Somebody else can come break that record."

Belichick owns the distinction as the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl after defeating the Rams in Super Bowl LII two years ago, a title that Arians can claim with a victory Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

What makes the success of Reid and Arians unique is despite their years of experience, they're considered two of the most cutting-edge coaches in the game. While the NFL's postseason included the likes of 35-year-old Rams coach Sean McVay and 38-year-old Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, it was Reid and Arians who guided their teams to the Super Bowl

Reid and Arians lead the offenses of their respective teams and have built schemes that are seen as highly innovative, keeping opposing defenses from catching on.

The Chiefs were first in in total offense and sixth in scoring offense in the NFL in 2020. The Buccaneers were seventh in total offense and third in scoring offense.

"We just challenge each other every single day," Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said of Reid and the offense. "We do whatever we can to put guys in the best situation possible and we try to do different things that we haven't seen before and that we've kind of made up on the fly."

Chris Emma cover the Bears for 670 The Score in Chicago and the NFL scene for Radio.com Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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