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Brad Childress

Brad Childress
Childress as the Vikings
head coach in November 2007
Current position
Title Spread game analyst
Team Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-06-27) June 27, 1956
Place of birth Aurora, Illinois
Career information
College Eastern Illinois
Head coaching record
Regular season 39–35–0 (.527)
Postseason 1–2 (.333)
Career record 40–37–0 (.519)
Championships won Division title: 2008 2009 NFC North (Vikings)
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1978–1984 University of Illinois
(1978–1980) (RB coach)
(1981–1984) (WR coach)
1985 Indianapolis Colts
(quarterbacks coach)
1986–1989 Northern Arizona University
(offensive coordinator)
1990 University of Utah
(wide receivers coach)
1991-1998 University of Wisconsin
(1991–1993) (running backs coach)
(1994–1998) (offensive coordinator)
1999–2005 Philadelphia Eagles
(1999–2002) (quarterbacks coach)
(2003-2005) (offensive coordinator)
2006–2010 Minnesota Vikings
(head coach)
2012 Cleveland Browns
(offensive coordinator)
2013–present Kansas City Chiefs
(spread game analyst)

Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956) is a former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He attended high school at the Marmion Academy in Aurora, Illinois.[1] Childress has worked for over thirty years as a coach for various college programs and NFL franchises. He is currently a senior offensive assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs.


  • Early coaching career 1
    • Philadelphia Eagles (1999–2005) 1.1
    • Minnesota Vikings (2006–2010) 1.2
    • Cleveland Browns (2012) 1.3
    • Kansas City Chiefs (2013) 1.4
  • Coaching tree 2
  • Head coaching record 3
  • References 4

Early coaching career

Childress is a 1978 graduate of offensive coordinator position with the Eagles. Since 1978, Childress has worked for four college organizations and three NFL teams:

During the last four seasons of his tenure on the University of Illinois' coaching staff, the Illini posted four consecutive winning seasons ('81-'84),[4] including a Big Ten championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl in 1983.[5] Childress followed stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Northern Arizona, and the University of Utah with a very successful run at the University of Wisconsin. Childress was the offensive coordinator under former Badger head coach Barry Alvarez,[6] and directed offenses that helped the Badgers to five bowl game appearances from 1993–1998, including two Rose Bowls as Big Ten co-champions following the 1993 and 1998 seasons.[5] He coached running back Ron Dayne for three seasons. Dayne went on to win the 1999 Heisman Trophy and finished his career as the all-time leading rusher in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[7]

Philadelphia Eagles (1999–2005)

Childress joined the Philadelphia Eagles for the 1999 NFL season, and helped the team to three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship game (2001–03), and a Super Bowl trip in 2004.[8] Andy Reid, the Eagles' head coach, had previously worked with Childress at Northern Arizona University, a staff that also included future NFL coaches Bill Callahan and Marty Mornhinweg.[3] Childress did not call plays, this responsibility was taken by Andy Reid. He did receive credit for his work with quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was named to five Pro Bowls during his time with Childress.[9]

Minnesota Vikings (2006–2010)

On January 6, 2006, Childress was hired to be the 7th head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. This choice was the result of a short selection process. Former coach Mike Tice was informed that his contract would not be renewed shortly after the Vikings' last game of the 2005 season on December 31. Four candidates were interviewed by the Vikings: Childress, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell, and former Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.[9]

The Vikings were 9-7 with Mike Tice the year before Childress was named head coach. After going 6-10 in his first year, the team went 8-8 in his second season, narrowly missing a playoff berth. This was followed by a 10-6 record and NFC North title while battling the fourth-toughest schedule in the NFL. However, the Vikings were defeated by the #6 seed Philadelphia Eagles 26-14 in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.

On November 19, 2009, the Vikings announced they would be extending Childress's contract through the 2013 season. The owner Zygi Wilf was cited as saying, “Brad has done a tremendous job leading this football team and we value the positive environment he has created for the Minnesota Vikings on and off the field, He has continued to positively impact this team and create a strong foundation for future success."[10]

Partly due to frustration with the development of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, the Vikings signed Brett Favre for the 2009 season. Favre joined to the team after a controversial courtship which included Childress picking him up at the airport.[11] Favre led the Vikings to a 12-4 season, losing to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

The Vikings acquired wide receiver Randy Moss and a seventh-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft from the New England Patriots in early October 2010 in exchange for the Vikings' third-round selection in the 2011 Draft. Just four weeks later he was waived under Childress' direction, incurring the wrath of Viking fans. ESPN reported that Childress did not consider consulting with team owner Zygi Wilf on this decision.[12] After the unilateral decision to cut Moss, Childress' integrity was questioned by at least one former Vikings beat reporter.[13]

Childress was fired on November 22, 2010, following a 31-3 home loss to the Green Bay Packers which dropped the team to 3-7 on the year.[14][15]

Cleveland Browns (2012)

On January 27, 2012, Childress became the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. He lasted just one season in Cleveland, and was let go at the end of the year along with Head Coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the coaching staff.

Kansas City Chiefs (2013)

On March 28, 2013, it was announced that Childress would become the new "spread game analyst" for the team.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Childress has served:

Assistant coaches under Childress who became NFL head coaches:

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIN 2006 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC North - - - -
MIN 2007 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC North - - - -
MIN 2008 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Wild-Card Game.
MIN 2009 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC North 1 1 .500 Lost to New Orleans Saints in NFC Championship Game.
MIN 2010 3 7 0 .300 4th in NFC North - - - (Fired)
Total[16] 39 35 0 .527 1 2 .333


  1. ^ Brad Childress speaks at Marmion commencement
  2. ^ a b "2009 Eastern Illinois Media Guide", pp. 84, 91. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b Childress coaching bio from
  5. ^ a b "Rose Bowl History, Scores, Results." Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  6. ^ "Barry Alvarez." Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "2009 NCAA Division I Football Records." Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  8. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles Team Encyclopedia." Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Zulgad, Judd, and Sid Hartman "Vikings set to pick Brad Childress.", January 5, 2006. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "Vikings Extend Contract of Head Coach Brad Childress.", November 19, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "Brett Favre signs with the Vikings.", August 19, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  12. ^ Werder, Ed "Source: Vikings owner irate.", November 5, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Seifert, Kevin. "Free Head Exam: Brad Childress.", November 2, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Vikings fire Brad Childress, name Leslie Frazier coach.", November 22, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  16. ^ "Brad Childress: Coaching Record." Retrieved September 30, 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rod Dowhower
Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Marty Mornhinweg
Preceded by
Brian Daboll
Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Norv Turner
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