With the Philadelphia Eagles set to introduce Doug Pederson as their new head coach today, there remains a question about how Chiefs coach Andy Reid will fill his now-vacant offensive coordinator position.
On Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Reid decided to promote Brad Childress to the role. Later, ESPN reported that Childress and quarterback coach Matt Nagy will split the duties.
It remains to be seen how much play-calling responsibility Reid’s next offensive coordinator will be given. Pederson spent three years in the role, and Reid said Peterson was occasionally granted play-calling responsibility this year as a change of pace, though Reid still runs the daily installation meetings where plays were installed and is known for being hands-on with the offense.
Childress, 59, knows what it’s like to be an offensive coordinator for Reid. He spent the last three seasons as a special-projects and spread-game analyst with the Chiefs, but he was offensive coordinatior under Reid in Philadelphia from 2002 to 2005, with the team ranking an average of 11th in the league. Before that, he served as Reid’s quarterbacks coach for three years.
Childress used his time under Reid as a platform to become a head coach in 2006, and he led the Minnesota Vikings to a 39-35 record before he was dismissed midway through the 2010 season.
After sitting out the 2011 season, Childress was hired by the Cleveland Browns to be offensive coordinator under head coach Pat Shurmur, who was fired after the 2012 season. Childress joined Reid’s staff in Kansas City for the 2013 season, when he was placed in charge of the Chiefs’ spread game and special projects.
In 2013, Childress explained his job as one in which he analyzed trends around the league.
“I do some advance work,” Childress said. “I could be looking at somebody who’s underperforming, or overperforming, if you will, why they’re having their successes. John Dorsey may give me some quarterbacks to look at, which he did when I first came in here, some wide receivers to look at, grade. It’s a little bit of everything, it’s a hodgepodge.”
Childress said his job even applied to the defensive side of the ball.
“(Defensive coordinator) Bob Sutton will come in and say to me … if you see any good blitzes that are going to give you problems, let me know, send them to me,’ ” Childress said. “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so I do some of that too.”
Nagy’s job was a little more straightforward. Nagy, 37, is a former quarterback ― like Pederson ― who played in college at Delaware and spent six years in the Arena Football League.
After two years as an offensive coordinator on the high school level, Nagy joined the Eagles’ staff in 2010 as a coaches assistant, and was promoted to quality control coach in 2011. He followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013 and has served as his quarterbacks coach in the last three seasons.
Over that time frame, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 10,064 yards, with 61 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. The Chiefs compiled a 31-17 regular-season record during that time.