Bears head coach Matt Nagy has announced the hiring of Brad Childress as senior offensive assistant.
Childress, who owns 20 years of NFL coaching experience, joins the Bears in his second stint with the club after previously serving as Chicago’s senior offensive consultant during the 2018 offseason and training camp. Prior to his arrival in Chicago, Childress spent five years in Kansas City alongside Nagy, holding several offensive roles during their time together.
In 2017 Childress served as assistant head coach for the Chiefs and helped guide an offense that ranked second in the NFL in yards per play (6.1), fifth in yards per game (375.4), sixth in points per game (25.9) and led the league in fewest turnovers (11).
Alongside Nagy as a co-offensive coordinator in 2016, Childress helped the Chiefs earn a first-round bye and an AFC West division title following a 12-4 regular-season finish. Childress was instrumental in the use of All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce, who led all TEs in receiving yards (1,125) and first downs (55) that season.
Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Childress spent one season in Cleveland as the Browns’ offensive coordinator. The 2012 Browns totaled 5,028 yards of offense, their best since 2007 (5,621). Quarterback Brandon Weeden put together career-best numbers, passing for 3,385 yards.
Spending five seasons as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10), Childress led 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’s passing offense, led by quarterback Brett Favre, ranked eighth in the NFL 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, the Vikings’ rushing attack 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.).
Defensively, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing defense for three straight seasons (2006-08) and finished second in 2009, while leading the league with 48 sacks. The defensive unit also ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense in both 2008 and 2009.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Childress spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with Andy Reid in Philadelphia. He tutored the quarterbacks for three seasons (1999-01) and spent his final four years as the club’s offensive coordinator (2002-05). Childress first entered the NFL as a quarterbacks/quality control coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 1985.