The Kansas City Chiefs continue to revamp their coaching staff and offensive outlook. Yesterday, Brad Childress was officially announced as the newest member of their staff.
Childress’ role with the team will be as their “Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects Coordinator.”
To new head coach Andy Reid, this move could not make any more sense. Childress worked under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2005 where he taught the Eagles’ quarterbacks for the first three years before taking over as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2005.
The move makes sense because Kansas City needs all the help they can get putting points on the board, and Childress has experience doing so. One of his biggest accomplishments was coaching the Minnesota Vikings to back-to-back division titles in 2008 and 2009. Specifically in 2009, he enjoyed his biggest success as the Vikings won 12 games and led the league with 10 Pro Bowlers.
The following year, he was fired. Many Vikings fans saw Childress as a liability and not necessarily the reason behind their success. There were several complaints around the Twin Cities regarding his play calling in dire situations, noting that he sometimes would make a completely opposite play call from what made the most sense at the time in order to hopefully catch defenses off guard.
Regardless of his past in Minnesota, Childress has a new opportunity with the Chiefs and looks to take full advantage of that. The number one thing he has going for him is that he is reunited with a familiar face in coach Reid.
Also, boasting one of the league’s top running backs in Jamaal Charles and Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe doesn’t hurt his chances of success. Getting acquainted with the team’s new quarterback, Alex Smith, will also be a top priority while looking for ways to help him succeed.
Kansas City may be coming off of a two win season, but management has been busy in several areas trying to reach improvement. Childress is yet another new face with the Chiefs and with the right game plan and personnel, he will absolutely help Kansas City attain a higher success rate.