Almost three months after Andy Reid took over as Chiefs head coach, he was able to hire Brad Childress as a senior offensive assistant.
Childress, 56, was Reid’s offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999 through 2005. He then left to become the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings, where he had a 39-35 record and won two NFC Central championships.
He was fired by the Vikings after 4 1/2 seasons.
Childress was out of football in 2011 and returned last season as offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.
Reid wanted to hire Childress when he first joined the Chiefs in January but Childress remained under contract to the Browns. Only recently did the Browns, who also have a new coaching staff, agree to let Childress out of his contract and join Reid’s staff.
Reid has said he will call the offensive plays, at least initially. Otherwise, the Chiefs have a first-year offensive coordinator in Doug Pederson, so Reid will rely on the experience of Childress to help guide the offense.
The offensive coaching staff also includes Matt Nagy (quarterbacks), Eric Bieniemy (running backs), David Culley (wide receivers), Tom Melvin (tight ends) and Andy Heck (offensive line).