December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (6) kicks a field goal with punter Dustin Colquitt (2) holding in the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News 3/29

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.

Fox News

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.

Fox Sports KC

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.”

The Sacramento Bee

“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.”

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  • krayfish

    Thank you for the morning news. I know from experience how much work it is, its a lot more than people know. Great info in an otherwise news depleted time of the offseason.

    • David Fritch

      I second that!

      Also, Winston doesn’t sound too optimistic it seems

    • Patrick Allen

      Krayfish!? Where have you been man. It’s been years.

  • berttheclock

    Good morning, Patrick. As much as I enjoy this site and your many fine contributors, I have one gripe. I am both a sports and political junky, but, I really wish to keep the two areas separate. I, also, realize, AA needs advertising revenue, but, why do you keep posting Christopher Ruddy’s right wing News Max voting poll on your site. I come here to read about the Chiefs, not vote for some political agenda of Ruddy’s

    • toperspective

      Because he get’s paid. I’m sure he would take a left wing voting poll too if someone paid him. Really silly comment.

      • berttheclock

        Why any political voting poll at a sports blog? My complaint would be the same if he ran ads from Political Animal. Keep politics and sports separate. Find something non-political to take up the revenue slack.

        • toperspective

          Somehow I doubt that AA has their choice of advertisers. It’s the content that matters, not the ads. When you have a fledgling site you take what you can get. What’s surprising is that you even noticed the ad. I had to go look for it. I’m also a political junkie, albeit on the other end of the spectrum, and if I had to limit my reading to sites that don’t have left wing political ads or left wing “news” content, my reading would be pretty limited.

    • Patrick Allen

      Yeah, sorry about that. I generally try to keep all politics and stuff like that out of the site. At least the content. Unfortunately, I don’t own Arrowhead Addict. FanSided does. FS has an ad servicer who places a sort of random smattering of ads on the site. We try to keep an eye out for anything too objectionable. Sorry, wish I could offer more help but it is kind of out of my hands.

      The good news is that FanSided is growing nicely so we may soon have our own ad sales team so we will have a little bit more control. And actually, the ads will be a lot more relevant to our audience then they probably are now.

  • Troy Utt

    Patrick, On a sidebar what is your take on our salary cap situation? As I understand our status it would appear we our in need of some quick negotiatios to contracts as we are down to $3.1m left in the coffers… With the draft approaching it will take on average approx. $7mil to accomodate the pool of incoming rookies! Those monies are required to be in place or available prior to the draft, correct?

  • micah stephenson

    Wow. Crabtree said when “Kopernick came in it went up from there” “we had the abilty to score that much more” “we had like a triple threat”. All he said about Alex Smith is “he is a good guy” lol. Not he is a great QB. Or a really good QB. Just a good guy. Lol. Wow.

    • Tom Sparks

      Oh my gosh, you changed your name!
      I like it!