The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid.
Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs’ spread game analyst and work on special projects.
He spent five years as the Minnesota head coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009.
In a move that was anticipated way back in January, Brad Childress has joined Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City as an offensive assistant.
He was Reid’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia and the head coach in Minnesota for almost five seasons. Last year, Childress was the offensive coordinator for the Browns.
His official role will be “spread game analyst/special projects.” New quarterback Alex Smith has some college experience in the spread offense and Childress will help Reid use some of it.
On the heels of the NFL Network’s “Leon Sandcastle” commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, Sandcastle (aka Deion Sanders) held a fictional press conference at the Chiefs’ training camp facility on Thursday. And, yes, two dozen or so reporters and photographers actually showed up.
We were all there presumably out of passing curiosity, and just in case Sandcastle uttered something truly hilarious or shocking – neither of which really happened.
But we were there, and you can assume we’ll all be viewing the scene of reporters huddled around Sandcastle as part of some upcoming NFL Network promos.
Yes, we’re suckers, guilty as charged.
Under Childress’ tutelage, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the NFC and ranked second in the league with 1,341 rushing yards as a rookie. Peterson also led the NFL in rushing in 2008, with a franchise-best 1,760 yards and paced the NFL in 2009 with 18 rushing TDs.
Advancing to NFC Championship games with high-profile QBs is nothing new to Childress, who seemingly made a living of doing so in Philadelphia, with QB Donovan McNabb.
During his tenure with the Eagles, who posted a 70-42 record (.625), Childress captured four-straight NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and played a vital role while the team advanced to the postseason, five-consecutive seasons (2000-04).
Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX after the 2004 season. During that season, Childress helped McNabb set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0%), while becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with more than 30 TDs (31) and fewer than 10 INTs (8) in a single season.
“You had guys on Alex Smith’s side, guys on Colin Kaepernick’s side,” Crabtree said. “I was on the winning side. … You can’t beat the guy who was hot. Kap was hot. As soon as he came in, even though we lost that game – I think it was a tie, that game – he came in and it just went up from there. We were scoring that many more touchdowns. We were just going every drive it seemed like. … We had like a triple threat with Kap’s feet, the passing game and the running game.”
Crabtree said the team division went away when Kaepernick showed what he could do on the field. “I think Kap kind of won everybody over by winning,” he said.
Crabtree said Smith, who was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month, “is a good guy.”
“I wish him success with the Chiefs, man.”
“Obviously I have ties down in South Florida, I have a lot of friends down there from college that still live down there,” Winston said on the NFL Network’s NFL-AM, via the Palm Beach Post.
“I know the area pretty well. Obviously that is an added bonus, being able to play for a franchise like the Dolphins,” he said. “Like I said, if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. Being down there is not the be all, end all. I am excited about what is going to happen. It is a new chapter in my life and my family’s life. We are going to keep moving forward with this until something happens.”