At the end of the 2017 season, Kansas City Chiefs 61-year-old assistant head coach Brad Childress hinted at retirement.
Well, Childress isn’t retiring, but he is coming home.
According to ESPN, which had the story first, Childress will reunite with new Bears head coach Matt Nagy as an offensive consultant. Childress is a native of the Chicago area. He is from far-west suburban Aurora, where he graduated from Marmion Academy, and then Eastern Illinois University.
Childress and Nagy worked together for the previous five years in Kansas City on head coach Andy Reid’s staff and were co-offensive coordinators in 2016 before Nagy assumed that role alone in 2017 with Childress serving as assistant head coach.
When Nagy was introduced to the media as John Fox’s successor on Jan. 9, I asked him if he might be able to lure Childress out of retirement, and he offered a semi-smile and a vague answer, but he did refer to Childress as, “My partner in crime.”
A month later, they’re partners again.
Childress began his coaching career at the University of Illinois from 1978-84, where he had played wide receiver and quarterback before transferring to EIU. He was the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach from 2006-10, where he compiled a 39-35 record before being fired after 10 games in 2010 with a 3-7 record. The previous year, Childress led the Vikings to a 12-4 record in a season that ended with a loss to the Saints in the NFC title game.
In the previous seven seasons, Childress was on Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles staff, first as the quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator (2002-05).
With the Chiefs, Childress was the offense’s spread game analyst (2013-15), co-offensive coordinator (2016) and assistant head coach last year. Nagy was the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach from 2013-15 before his two years as offensive coordinator.