Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress has some interest in the suddenly vacant Wisconsin Badgers head coaching position. Sources are also indicating that he is indeed a potential candidate for the position.
Childress has a history at Wisconsin and was on the staff of current athletic director Barry Alvarez for eight seasons, through 1991-98. In his final five years with the school he was the offensive coordinator. Since Alvarez will be responsible for finding a replacement for Bret Bielema, he certainly will have plenty of knowledge on what Childress is capable of.
Childress has gained notoriety over the years for his work with several players. Ron Dayne had great success in Childress’ system and compiled an all-time FBS record of 6,397 rushing yards, in addition to winning the Heisman Trophy in 1999. Dayne could never match the success he had at Wisconsin and under Childress in the NFL.
Donovan McNabb also blossomed under Childress when the two were together in Philadelphia. Childress worked as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with the Eagles from 1999-2005 and was instrumental in McNabb’s development.
Childress also had some success as an NFL coach with the Minnesota Vinkings and even made an NFC Championship game in 2009. However, the following season things went south for the Vikings, and the acquisition of Randy Moss which turned out to be a disaster, led to Childress’ downfall in Minnesota.
The Badgers will be interviewing candidates as early as next week and will be looking to name a replacement sooner rather than later.
Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @amato_mike