Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects, Kansas City Chiefs
Brad Childress enters his 15th year in the NFL and his first as the Chiefs spread game analyst/special projects coach in 2013. He brings 34 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels to Kansas City, including 14 years in the NFL. Most recently, he spent the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Before that, he had a five-year stint as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
In Cleveland in 2012, Childress tutored a pair of rookies on the offensive side of the ball in QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson. Weeden set multiple rookie passing records, including pass attempts (517), completions (297), and passing yards (3,385), which was the 10th best mark in Browns history. Richardson also thrived as a rookie under the direction of Childress, setting multiple rookie single-season records for the Browns, including points (72), total touchdowns (12), rushing attempts (267), rushing yards (950) and rushing touchdowns (11).
As head coach of the Vikings, Childress guided Minnesota to a 39-35 (.527) regular season record as the team won consecutive NFC North 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 Bowl players. Also, in 2009, the team's passing offense, led by quarterback Brett Favre, finished the season ranked eighth as Favre set career-highs in passer rating (107.2) and completion percentage (68.4%), while throwing 33 touchdown passes. During Childress' first four seasons at the helm, the Vikings' rushing offense posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL (136.1 yards per game) and the third-best average per rush attempt (4.5 avg.). Under Childress' tutelage, RB Adrian Peterson led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL with 1,341 rushing yards as a rookie in 2007. Peterson also led the league in rushing in 2008 with a franchise-best 1,760 yards and paced the NFL in 2009 with 18 rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing defense for three straight season (2006-08) and finished second in 2009, while leading the league with 48.0 sacks. The defensive unit also ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense in both 2008 and 2009, marking the first time since the 1993-94 campaigns that the club posted top 10 finishes in successive seasons.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Childress spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Philadelphia Eagles, working for current Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, who held the same role at the time with the Eagles. In Philadelphia, Childress tutored the quarterbacks for three seasons (1999-01) and spent his final four years as the club's offensive coordinator (2002-05). During his tenure with the club, the Eagles posted a 70-42 record (.625), captured four consecutive NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and advanced to the postseason five straight seasons (2000-04). Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. During that year, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0 pct.), while becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with more than 30 touchdown passes (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (eight) in a single season. As offensive coordinator, Childress led a group that ranked in the top 10 in total offense twice, amassed more than 5,000 yards each season and averaged 333.8 yards per game. In addition, the offensive unit was highlighted by seven starters who earned a combined 14 Pro Bowl berths from 2000-05.
Childress began his coaching career at the University of Illinois, spending the 1978 season as a graduate assistant before coaching both the running backs and wide receivers for six seasons (1979-84). In 1985, he entered the NFL coaching ranks as he spent one season as the quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts.
Over the next 13 years, he made collegiate coaching stops at Northern Arizona University (1986-89), the University of Utah (1990) and the University of Wisconsin (1991-98). As the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, the Badgers appeared in five bowl games, which included Rose Bowl victories in 1993 and 1998.
Childress began his collegiate playing career at the University of Illinois before transferring to Eastern Illinois, where he played quarterback and wide receiver. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a degree in psychology. A native of Aurora, Ill., Childress attended Marmion Christian Academy.