Chilly lands in Cleveland

AP

As of last night, former Vikings coach Brad Childress was close to landing a job with the Browns.  And Childress now has.

According to multiple reports, Chilly is the new offensive coordinator in Cleveland.

He joins the team after a year out of the game, following his 2010 in-season termination by the Vikings.  Before becoming the Vikings’ head coach in 2006, Childress had worked as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

It’s unknown whether Childress, who didn’t call the plays when he was the offensive coordinator of the Eagles, will call the plays in Cleveland.  If he does, here’s hoping that the resists the temptation to dial up his patent-pending “12 men in the huddle” formation.

135 responses to “Chilly lands in Cleveland

  1. BaaaaHaaaaa!!! First down – Run up the middle, Second down – Run right, Third down, Run left, Fourth down – PUNT!! The Chilli formula to kill an offense. Poor Cleveland.

  2. Glass half full approach: It can’t possibly be worse than last year

    Glass half empty approach: It’s freakin Chilly for Christ sake!!!

    Cheers to more years in the factory of sadness

  3. NO NO NO flvikesfan. It’s throw upfield on 1st down even though the best rb in football is on the team. After the incompletion, it’s run up the gut on 2nd down, even though the box has 9 in it on defense. And then on 3rd and long, it’s either run left or right, or throw the 2 yard screen on 3rd and 9. I hate Chilly. How does a team with an incompetent offense, hire a guy who’s offensively incompetent?

    Watch your back Colt McCoy or RG3, chances are Chilly is already on the phone with Favruh!

  4. trbowman says:Jan 27, 2012 3:14 PM

    I could make a bad Skyline Chili joke here, but I’ll withhold.
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    I would hope so since Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili has nothing to do with this hiring.

  5. Look, there is no way in hell that this guy could possibly be worse than Shurmur. The Browns scored 1 more point this year than they did the year the franchise returned. 1 FREAKING POINT.

  6. Lets not forget that patented -3 yard third down play. Boy you guys in Cleveland are in for a realt treat. Good Luck!

  7. “Dosen’t Childress look that science teacher we all knew in Junior High?”

    Actually he kind of reminds me of Walter White now that I think about it.

  8. Now I see why you are such a staunch supporter of Grossi; neither one of you can keep personal bias out of your reporting. We get that you are a Stillers fan, but it would be nice if you could at least try to keep some semblance of objectivity around here.

  9. Browns fans may now enjoy the circus of Journeymen Qbs which will be funneled in and out of this organization at an alarming rate. Chilly is also very notorious for not allowing QBs in his system to audible. Ask Gus Frerotte, Sage Rosenfels, Brad Johnson, Kelly Holcomb, Tarvaris Jackson. Unless your name is Brett Favre you have no control..

  10. Chilly was a good coach in MN. Until the last season when Favre let us down he had improved each year…6 wins 8 wins, 10 wins. He might not have had the personality to be a head coach, but he has the smarts to be a solid coordinator. This is a good move to bring in a west coast guy under Holmgren with a passer like Mccoy or RG3 coming in.

  11. jmagnet28 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:23 PM

    Dosen’t Childress look that science teacher we all knew in Junior High?
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    Yeah, I was actually thinking he looks and speaks like the one guy we all had on our paper routes that our dads would collect fees from, if you catch my drift. “You’re not going to that’s guys house alone!”

    There can’t be a more depressing team than the Browns, feel bad for Cleveland fans who don’t deserve such a horrible team.

  12. Poor, poor Clevland.
    Seriously, all MN fans must give you a few moments of dignified silence to allow your grief to resonate through your hearts.

    You don’t feel the grief? Trust us, you will,
    you will.

  13. Holmgren hired him so that he (Holmgren) would no longer be the funniest-looking guy in the building.

  14. I’ll be rooting for the Browns to do well with Chilly. I’m also pulling for TJack in Seattle. Somehow, both of those guys finding success while the Vikings continue to fail just seems right.

  15. Browns the laughing stock of the NFL.errr,I better watch what I say Uncle Mike won’t give me any playoff tickets.PLAYOFFS !PLAYOFFS! The factory of sadness continues.

  16. I really hope Klink has changed from his Viking days Browns fans. He’s an okay guy, but had a hard time adjusting his system to personnel, couldn’t get along with the veteran QBs due to his inflexibility, and wasn’t great at game day adjustments. Until Lord Favre came in and did what he wanted, our standard play, when they weren’t giving AP the ball, was a 3 yard swing pass in the flats whether we needed 2 or 13 yards.

  17. Dave Wannstedt wants the comments section to stop attributing his offense to Brad Childress. Ain’t nobody calls the Run ‘N Punt like Wanny.

  18. Holmgren – Chilly – Colt McCoy – now THAT sounds like a winning combination…..no?

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    ???? – ???? – Blaine Gabbert – now THAT sounds like a winning combination….no?

  19. Sooooo let’s get this straight. Pat Shurmur AND Brad Childress? Chilly didn’t have a functioning offense with the world’s greatest RB. What are the odds he does it with Peyton Hillis.

    As a Ravens fan, I appreciate that two automatic wins will continue into the future.

  20. This is bs really chilly was the best we could hire are u kidding me??
    I love the browns but this gotta stop ASAP we need to win
    Brad Mofer’ing Childress Really??? Ugh bad head coach & bad OC equal I’d say 3 wins in 2012 please trade for Andrew Luck already

  21. Great move Browns! His addition will make the Browns a much better team. It was a colossal blunder by the Vikings front office to ever part ways with Chili. But the Vikings gaffe will now turn into the Browns gain. Good luck Brad!

  22. phlockar says:
    Jan 27, 2012 3:26 PM
    trbowman says:Jan 27, 2012 3:14 PM

    I could make a bad Skyline Chili joke here, but I’ll withhold.
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    I would hope so since Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili has nothing to do with this hiring.

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    Yeah, I too was wondering what Skyline has to do with Childress…

  23. Don’t despair, Browns fans. Chilly had a rough last year in Minny, and clearly put too much stock in Brett Favre. But as an OC, he was solid in Philly with McNabb (1999-2005).

    Believe it or not, Cleveland could do worse.

    cough, cough Wannstedt cough Jauron cough cough.

  24. No, no, no. It’s Mr. Noodle from Sesame Street he reminds everyone of. Not your old science teacher. Good luck Cleveland, his offense is as exciting as the State of the Union Address. At least you have LeBron….wait….nevermind

  25. Another Mistake by the Lake moment.

    His KAO where he couldn’t even get Brett Favre + Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Randy Moss (all together) to the playoffs…

    One can only imagine how all those weapons in Cleveland?

  26. BROWNS…one stupid decision after the other….I ALMOST feel sorry for their fan base…almost.

  27. Good luck Cleveland, you’re gonna need it. There’s a reason we called his stupid plastic playsheet his IHOP menu when he was with the Vikings. It stands for

    Idiot
    Has
    One
    Play

    But it really is a kick-ass offense. Or is it get-your-ass-kicked offense?

  28. HAHAHAHAHAHA. There is a reason why the Browns (and Cleveland) will always suck.

    Pittsburgh is in the market for an offensive coordinator as well–did they look at Childress?

    No. They are smart.

    Man, do I just love having Jay Gruden.

    Can’t wait for Jay Gruden to show Cleveland what an OC is twice next year, as well as Mike Zimmer shut down Brad Childress.

    Sincerely,
    Bengals Fan

  29. chilly is there to help turn RG3 into the next McNothin.
    i can hear it now: Rick, this is Chilly. Hey no hard feelings. How about we give you a boatload for that #3 pick?????

  30. we can finally afford a stadium, chilly is off Wilfs payroll in MN

    forgot qb’s of culpepper & brooks bollinger

    doesn’t he look like Jeff Dunham’s “Walter”?

    sounds like cleveland wants to draft qb’s for the next 4 years

  31. Couple of quick points…..

    The Browns hired Childress to be OC, not HC.

    Just like they hired Jauron as DC (not HC) and if you don’t think Jauron did a fine job as DC, then you don’t watch the Browns (not like I blame you).

    Like others have said, no matter what this is definitely an improvement over last year.

    In closing…a steeler fan talking about OC? Were you said to see Arians get canned? Yes? Where was he the OC prior to the Steeler gig?

  32. Everyone hates Chilly. But the truth of the matter is that the Vikings improved under him and came a field goal from the superbowl. When he left the team got worse. The Eagles offense was better with him there.

    Sad to say but he’s a guy that probably deserves another chance given his on field results. He just doesn’t go over well with fans and media. I still say that any time players “mutiny” on a coach it is the players that are to blame and whoever is empowering them.

  33. Let see how long it takes for the Browns locker room to get as cancerous as the Vikes were under Chilly. Maybe as OC he will do less damage in that respect than as HC.

  34. Ouch….another kick in the gut for Browns fans. When the Holmgren era began in Cleveland, I bet not even the most pessimistic Clevelander thought that Holmgren’s big off season moves in his first 3 years would be to sign Jake Delhomme, hire Pat Shurmur, and bring in Brad Childress as OC.

  35. Oh man, good luck, Cleveland. Enjoy that kick-ass offense of Chilly’s.

    I sure hope who ever Cleveland’s QB (Colt McCoy?) is going to be in 2012 gets used to having no options at the line of scrimmage. I hope he’s accustomed to not thinking for himself, or worrying about reading defenses. Chilly will do all thinking for him. And if McCoy doesn’t perform, don’t worry. Chilly will recommend landing Tarvaris Jackson, the greatest QB prospect the league has seen in the last three decades.

    Seriously, I do not understand this hire. I hope the HC puts leash on Chilly, otherwise Chilly will have McCoy wound so tight he’ll be useless. Good luck Cleveland. You’re going to need it.

  36. Chilly did a good job in Philly.He was the offensive coordinator when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl.Cleveland just needs a good QB and some play making wide receivers.

  37. Everyone hates Chilly. But the truth of the matter is that the Vikings improved under him and came a field goal from the superbowl. When he left the team got worse. The Eagles offense was better with him there.

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    The Vikings improved under him? Really? He was fired after posting a 3-7 record in 2010, and losing control of the team. Not to mention the fact that he botched the team’s QB position to kingdom come. If not for Gus Frerotte and Brett Favre, Childress gets fired after three seasons in Minnesota.

  38. its funny, every comment is negative. must be jealousy. I don’t know. Minnesota was horrid before chilly came in. alright he had 1 bad year. but he was 1 throw away from the superbowl. it wasn’t chillys fault some player wasn’t paying attention.

  39. My 2 cents, Chilly had a good stint with Mn,”What” you might be saying, but look at his record with Mn, every year Mn had a better record all the way to that last NFC championship game, whee you know who threw the interception, that brings us to 2010, the year all he’ll broke loose, Favres BS with will I won’t I and has problems with Chilly, Moss and his attitude, our roof caved in, and we got our ass kicked, my opinion, that year was not Chillys fault at all. But you all know who takes the blame for a bad year, the coaching staff. Wrong move to fire Chilly over one bad year after almost making it to the SUperbowl.

  40. Here Comes the IHOP Menu – Look out here comes the screen LOL

    Hope he does help the browns though. It would be great for them to be a team to change things the browns have a great fan base

  41. Good move Browns.
    It’s not like Minnesota’s offense has improved since Chilly left there. The Vikings still suck.
    I laugh at the Viking fans who bad talk Childress.
    What have the Vikings done, even with a great RB?
    The problem wasn’t Childress.

  42. Another terrible, terrible mistake by the underperforming management team of the Browns. When will they learn?

  43. Perfect fit. Coming from a Vikings fan, I’ll leave it at this…. Chilly’s play calling abilities compare to the smell of the city of Cleveland.

  44. ah Chilly…. I miss those press conferences after a loss and your friendly and cheerful disposition.

  45. We here in Cleveland are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt…. till after the 1st game he doesn’t help us win and then their is fire and pitchforks calling for his job.
    Just another day here in Cleveland.
    WE CAME
    WE SAW
    WE CRIED.

  46. Luv it!

    Holmgren exacting his revenge 7 yrs later!!!

    Here’s how it goes: Holmgren hires Childress in Cleveland, then they both lure Hutchinson away from Minnesota with the proposition of playing for his two former bosses, thus further hampering Minnesota’s O-line/running game.

    Then right when Childress gets all comfy and cushy in Cleveland with Hutch anchoring down the left side of the line….BAMMM….Holmy orchestrates a deal that sends Hutch back to Seattle for Tarvaris Jackson and a cup of Joe!!!

    Holmy then resigns as Browns GM and rides off on his bike into the proverbial sunset laughing all the way back to Seattle!

    I knew you’d get us the last laugh, Mike, I knew it!!!

  47. Favre took the Vikings to the NFC Championship game despite Childress, then we shot ourselves in the foot to blow the game. AP’s fumble on the goalline, Favre’s interception, and 12 men in the huddle.

  48. For crying out loud, people, get the offensive set right:

    Incompletion
    Botched Snap
    Take a Knee
    Punt

    Thank you, and good night everybody!

  49. Wow, this is some sad news…for Browns fans. Say goodbye to any excitement to the offense and hello to the most conservative offense!! If the Browns draft RG3, you can pretty much say goodbye to his talents with chilly-dog coaching.

  50. killerskrew says:
    Jan 27, 2012 5:53 PM
    Good move Browns.
    It’s not like Minnesota’s offense has improved since Chilly left there. The Vikings still suck.
    I laugh at the Viking fans who bad talk Childress.
    What have the Vikings done, even with a great RB?
    The problem wasn’t Childress.
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    The only reason why Chilly had success with the Vikings was due to an above average defense and Favre coming in and saving his a.s.s and not listening to his pathetic play calling…which took the Vikings to the NFC Championship.

  51. Before Chilly sent in Tahi as the 12th man in the huddle. He was in an argument with the Tight Ends coach & Bevell. TIGHT ENDS COACH!

    As long a Chilly doesn’t have control over other coaches & player then he might do well.

  52. The only reason why Chilly had success with the Vikings was due to an above average defense and Favre coming in and saving his a.s.s and not listening to his pathetic play calling…which took the Vikings to the NFC Championship.
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    Totally riduclous and false assessment. Chili built up the Vikings roster through free agency and the draft and got that team to within a bad Favre pass of the Super Bowl. Favre played “within” Chili’s system. Sure he had the ability to check out of a certain play, but when you audible, you’re still opertating within the framework of the play. That’s what veteran QBs do, they spot tells in the defense and then roll with the best play to attack that defense. It’s not like he was out there drawing up plays in the dirt for crying out loud.

  53. dolphins4 says:
    Jan 27, 2012 4:52 PM
    Chilly did a good job in Philly.He was the offensive coordinator when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl.Cleveland just needs a good QB and some play making wide receivers.

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    Yea, but what did he do besides occupy space on the sideline? Reid called the plays.

    What has he done in this league to warrant even being in it as a ball boy?

  54. Browns are setting up to draft RG3. Chilly has experience in getting the best out of dual threat QBs.
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    yea, like Tarvaris Jackson…………….oh wait, never mind

  55. It’s been a rough off season for browns fans.
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    …and now it’s gonna get worse!

  56. Totally riduclous and false assessment. Chili built up the Vikings roster through free agency and the draft and got that team to within a bad Favre pass of the Super Bowl. Favre played “within” Chili’s system. Sure he had the ability to check out of a certain play, but when you audible, you’re still opertating within the framework of the play. That’s what veteran QBs do, they spot tells in the defense and then roll with the best play to attack that defense. It’s not like he was out there drawing up plays in the dirt for crying out loud.
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    …unless you happen to be fortunate enough to play for Mr. Martz who doesn’t allow his QBs to audible!

  57. @jmagnet28
    Hilarious! I do remember that guy from Jr High, he could probably make better calls too! Nice post.

  58. With the addition of Childress, the Browns have likely assembled the best coaching staff in the league.

    Think about it 3 former head coaches with one goal, the Super Bowl. Watch out for this team!

  59. The answer to his first question by the cleveland media, regardless of the actual question, goes like this: ‘those dirty ole saints, Damn they’re mean. Oh yeah, the refs too…they really did me and the old man in…boo hoo’. Yup…like that.

  60. Great Hire! Childress was very successful as an OC. He will also be in Cleveland. Love all the “poor man’s Seinfelds” posting comments here. 1 out of 40 are actually witty. But really save your apologys to Cleveland fans. We don’t need them, as we are a team on the rise. With Young talent in place, many early round draft picks we will be dominating the AFC north within 2 seasons. Stoolers are old, Ratbirds D is done, Bungles fluke ( and you have a ginger for QB), Looking good to be a Browns fan , and it’s about time. Regards ” The Factory of Fear”

  61. It’s amazing how these failed NFL coaches can totally suck at their jobs, get fired, sit around for a year or 2 while still collecting a fat paycheck, reapply to a new team when they get bored or the free money runs out, and actually get rehired to begin the never ending cycle of suck all over again.

  62. I’ve never seen a team so desperate to finish with a 4-12 record than these Browns. Hiring Childress basically guarantees a losing season.

  63. Sounds like the majority of the commenters are all at the same 5th grade sleepover.

    Mcnabb….yes, MCNABB, did pretty well with him at OC. The Vikings came within a Favre INT of the Super Bowl. He was fired for cutting Randy Moss without checking with Ziggy. Better than average defense in MN you say? The Browns’ young defense finished 10th in the league.

    But dont let facts get in the way of your LULZ!

  64. Gotta love the Bengals fans chiming in. The Bengals- a team that has been “good” about 5 times in their 45 year history. A team who has won just as many SBs as the Browns. A team that reaches the playoffs in a fluke and is immediately destroyed and sent home. It’s like they were never even there.

    Bengals fans making fun of the Browns or their fans is like someone missing their right arm and right leg making fun of someone else who is missing their left arm and left leg. Of course, most of ’em are far too stupid to realize this…

  65. As a life-long Vikes fan all I can do is shake my head and start writing condolence cards to all of the Cleveland coaching staff after they get fired when the patented “Kick-Ass Offense” go first down: Dump pass to Marecic for 2 yard gain. 2nd down: off tackle Hillis right side, away from your best lineman for 3 yard gain. 3rd Down: 3 year flat pass to Norwood. 4th down: punt. And…. repeat. So sorry Cleveland. So, so sorry.

  66. To Vikings fans: You brought your poor season upon yourselves by moaning whining and crying for Brett Favre to come to Minnesota. The guy cost Eric Mangini his job in New York (another good coach who’s poor season can be blamed 100% on the aging QB). Look at your teams record with Childress as head coach and look at your teams record now. Pat Schurmer was a HORRIBLE play caller in Cleveland on a team with nowhere near as many weapons as the Vikings and they STILL had a better record.

    To Browns fans: Last year you picked up another former head coach that fans of their former team whined about in Dick Jauron and the result was the Browns defense ended the season as one of the top defenses in the league. Considering you’re coming off a season with no offensive coordinator which followed a season with Brian Daboll getting OJT as an offensive coordinator this is a HUGE step in the right direction. Especially since the Browns don’t need to score 30 points to win a game.

  67. To Vikings fans: You brought your poor season upon yourselves by moaning whining and crying for Brett Favre to come to Minnesota. The guy cost Eric Mangini his job in New York (another good coach who’s poor season can be blamed 100% on the aging QB). Look at your teams record with Childress as head coach and look at your teams record now. Pat Schurmer was a HORRIBLE play caller in Cleveland on a team with nowhere near as many weapons as the Vikings and they STILL had a better record.

    To Browns fans: Last year you picked up another former head coach that fans of their former team whined about in Dick Jauron and the result was the Browns defense ended the season as one of the top defenses in the league. Considering you’re coming off a season with no offensive coordinator which followed a season with Brian Daboll getting OJT as an offensive coordinator this is a HUGE step in the right direction. Especially since the Browns don’t need to score 30 points to win a game.

    One, The team was way more exciting before Chilly showed up. At least with Tice the team was fun to watch. Chilly showed up and the 4 yard flat pass when you need 8 was invented in Minnesota. Two, “Mangenius” it seems got his ass fired in Cleveland too. Must not be that good of a coach. Three, year one of Favre was a great success when Brett took over calling the plays after halftime in Chicago halfway through the season. If not for Chilly throwing Tahi under the buss for sending him into the huddle for a twelve man in the huddle penalty which forced the Vikes to make another play they didn’t need too and in patented Favre through an INT to end his greatest season statistically and the Vikes the Super Bowl. In year two, Favre was done. He played one year too long. Childress got fired because he wanted Moss and he cut him without even consulting the owner. That’s why Chilly was fired along with his inept Kick-Ass Offense.

  68. This is as much Bob Lamonte’s team as Holmgren’s. Lamonte and holmgren are long time friends since their teaching days. Holmes is leaving things set up so when he retires everyone is taken care of financially.

    Everyone with power is a client of Lamonte: Holmgren, Heckert, Shurmer (sp?), Chilly, and senior advisor Gil Haskill (sp?). Lerner (sp?) thought he was letting holmgren run the team but with no oversight or accountability, LaMonte is running the show. LaMonte pushed for the same structure in Seattle so he could do the same thing and Paul Allen didn’t like it AT ALL. DOn’t hte peopel in Cleveland know what is really going on here?

  69. Whoah, Nelly, hold on there for a second!

    Did someone actually write “factory of fear”?

    I think my laptop’s screen needs to get fixed, because I’m seeing some pretty crazy ****.

  70. miniappleman says: Jan 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    Chilly was a good coach in MN. Until the last season when Favre let us down he had improved each year…6 wins 8 wins, 10 wins. He might not have had the personality to be a head coach, but he has the smarts to be a solid coordinator.

    Uhm, let’s remember he took the exact same team Mike Tice had at 9-7 and made them 6-10. Just sayin’.

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