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Chiefs Hire Brad Childress

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they have hired former Browns offensive coordinator and Vikings head coach, Brad Childress.

From the press release:

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the club has added Brad Childress to the coaching staff. Childress will serve as the team’s Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects.

Childress joins the Chiefs after spending the 2012 season as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. He spent five years as the Minnesota Vikings head coach (2006-10), where he guided Minnesota to consecutive division titles (2008-09) for the first time in 28 years (1977-78). In 2009, the team posted a 12-4 record, matching the second-best win total in franchise history, while leading the NFL with a club-high 10 Pro Bowlers.

The Chiefs have been reportedly interested in Childress for a while. There was even some talk of him perhaps being named the teams offensive coordinator.

Instead, Childress will be a Spread Game Analyst. We have no idea what a SGA does but Pro Football Talk shed some light on what it might mean.

There’s no immediate word on what, exactly, a coach with a title of “Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects” does on a daily basis, but the word “spread” in the title may suggest that Reid is hoping Childress can help him find a happy marriage between the West Coast Offense that he has always run and the spread offense that has been increasingly employed in the NFL — and that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ran under Urban Meyer at Utah.

Interesting. What do you think, Addicts? Good move or bad move?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rnoe2 Robert Noe

    Very nice addition to the coachinh staff

  • micah stephenson

    I like this signing. The more good football minds you have in house the better. I hope as a SGA he helps them realize if they gone pass alot and often that they need GENO SMITH & some faster/taller wrs.

    • KCMikeG

      Speak it Leon!

    • dominicscarlatti

      Micah right on message, as always…there are a lot of professional politicians who could take lessons from you !!

      • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

        I think most politicians wouldn’t say ” they gone “. Is simple English really that hard.

  • Jarad

    Nothing too crazy exciting ,but at least it’s not the Herman Edwards way… run on 1st, run on 2nd, and yep, run on 3rd. It’s going to be a welcomed change if they can start tossing the ball around. And I’m really excited to see Charles catching the ball more. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Great sign. They worked together before. Mark my words. Alex Smith will go to pro bowl this season.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’s quite the prediction. Manning, Brady, Schaub, Roethlisberger, Luck… I’m not so sure. I hope you’re right though.

  • chiefridgy

    Always thought he was a smart guy

  • http://www.facebook.com/Iznontek Ian French

    Dayum, it never ends. Keep em coming R&Dizzle. Every day is another sweet nugget of information. Good addition.

  • Justin R Groth

    Fancy way of saying our Oc is really a qb coach but we really wanted him so we gave him a “promotion” and childress is our “real OC” I mean SGA/SP

  • gkrun262

    I like it…..we are making smart moves!

  • Danny W

    Chili is a programatic fit.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Programatic fit or problematic fit? We shall find out soon enough, this one is like Alex Smith, the jury is still out and this is the show me state

      • Danny W

        When Chili let Moss go he told the press he was a non programatic fit. ESPN reran him saying that fifty times or better.

    • Jim Harper

      I don’t understand what you mean by that.

      • Danny W

        When Randy Moss was brought in by the Vikings to catch balls from Brett Favre he was given a contract and then cut soon after. When they asked Chili why they cut him he said he was a non programatic fit. ESPN ran him saying this over and over for days.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Gotta mention the T.O. Quote to chilli ” speak when spoken to BITCH” Ahh yes this is one of the leaders we have brought in! Maybe it was Owens being his outspoken self but maybe it was the lack of respect brad received from his players? Only time will tell, I just hope he doesn’t have too much control

  • Jim Harper

    I am more than a little anxious to see how he impacts the team and what the finished product of offense we will employ is going to look like. The idea of a hybrid west coast/spread offense sounds exciting and I can’t wait until the finished product is unveiled. This could be ground breaking.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    A part of me loves this. Another part of me wonders if there are now too many chefs in the kitchen. If Pederson were calling plays and Childress was here to aid him, I’d feel better about it. Reid/Pederson/Childress? Could get messy. I’m just saying.

    • William Campbell

      Agreed, but it could force pederson to be all he can be with chilli looking over his shoulder. I think Reid wanted a back up in case pederson fails.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        How can he? He’s not calling plays. Reid saved that job for himself.

    • dominicscarlatti

      In any great restaurant, the “brigade” system is utilized in the kitchen. As long as Chef de Cuisine Reid maintains order, we should be okay.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Now that I’ve read his job description, I’m excited to have him on board.
      This is some next level stuff, folks. Hunt’s organization is ROCK SOLID at this point. It really is.

  • Jim Harper

    Perhaps Reid will have a press conference to introduce Chili and address what it means at least in general terms.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Solid hire, I think Reid has known this was coming since day 1. There were reports that Childress was in KC right after Reid was hired, but I think there were some issues with Cleveland letting him out of his contract. I’m guessing Reid already knows exactly what role everyone will play.

  • David Fritch

    Childress was one stupid Favre INT away from taking his team to the Super Bowl….I love this hire, but he should be our OC.

  • Billie Cabral

    I like this signing if it’s a sign that the Chiefs will run some spread offense. I think it will help get more space for the likes of Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster and company. It would also help out in opening pass lanes and maybe an occasional one on one for D. Bowe. Long gone are the days of Todd Haley OC and Sharm Edwards ” You run the ball on every down to win the game!”- Um I think his actions spoke louder than his words,Lmao!