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Mike Holmgren talks up new offensive coordinator Brad Childress

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When the Browns hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress to serve as offensive coordinator in Cleveland, Minnesota fans everywhere said, possibly in unison, “You can have him.”

But Browns president Mike Holmgren is indeed happy to have Childress.

Brad’s an outstanding coach, and I’ve known him a long time,” Holmgren told Vic Carucci of Cleveland Browns Daily, on ESPN 850.  “When I first met him, we had just arrived in Green Bay and Brad was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin, with Barry Alvarez, and then he had been friends with [Eagles coach] Andy Reid, who worked for me, and so we knew some people and so we became pretty close.  So that’s — what? — 20 years ago.  Our connection over the years because he worked for Andy in Philadelphia and Andy and I are very close, and so we kept in contact.  And then I thought he did a really great job in Minnesota in an unusual set of circumstances near the end there with some of the things that happened.  But he came very close to going to the Super Bowl.  He’s an excellent football coach, a very, very bright guy, knows how to coach quarterbacks.  He’s a tough guy, he demands a lot and I think it was a great hire for Pat [Shurmur].”

And still Vikings fans everywhere are saying, possibly in unison, “You can have him.”

The “unusual set of circumstances near the end there with some of the things that happened” were largely created by Childress, based on his handling of Brett Favre and the inexplicable decision to fire Randy Moss without giving ownership advance notice.  And while Childress indeed came “very close” to the Super Bowl, one of the reasons he didn’t get there came from an inexcusable 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty that pushed the Vikings five yards farther away from a potential game-winning field goal on the final drive in regulation of the 2009 NFC title game.

Of course, with the reconstituted Browns playing only one playoff game in 13 seasons, the denizens of the Dawg Pound likely would love to lose a close conference championship game again, like they did way back in 1986.  And 1987.

Then again, maybe it’s better not to make the playoffs at all.

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41 Responses to “Mike Holmgren talks up new offensive coordinator Brad Childress”
  1. RebelKrishna says: Feb 9, 2012 9:56 AM

    He is the walrus,
    goo goo g’ joob.

  2. timegambit says: Feb 9, 2012 10:02 AM

    This might sound crazy, but Cleveland might be a tough club to beat.

    Chilly was not a bad head coach (check his record).

  3. kidpresentable says: Feb 9, 2012 10:06 AM

    “Chilly was not a bad head coach (check his record).”

    Is he going to have a young, good-kneed Adrian Peterson? How about Jared Allen? How about Brett Favre playing out of his spiteful mind? No? Well then I think I speak for the rest of the NFC North fanbases when I ask, if the Vikings can’t get their stadium situation figured out and if they move south or west, can we get the Browns to replace them?

  4. chatham10 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:10 AM

    I think the biggest mistake Childress made was letting Favre show up when he wanted to. The comment about 12 men in the huddle was no worse then what the genius in New England did in the Super Bowl, and you can make a case that it was worse because the fumble that happened would have put them in great position. I wish Childress well.

  5. burnzy32 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    tough team to beat??? with a 4th round noodle armed qb? an beat up/over the hill right side of the line, and the highest paid member of the team being a punt team gunner and part time returner……yaaaaah theyre gonna jump ahead of the other three playoff teams in their division

  6. cliffordc05 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:17 AM

    Childress is a classic great football mind who should not be a head coach. When his area of decision making is limited to x’s and o’x he does just fine. When his interaction with people involves more than just those directly under him, he seems to have a problem. He would be best if he is on a staff where assistant coaches are not allowed to speak to the press.

  7. bnwpnw says: Feb 9, 2012 10:18 AM

    Big Show turned the long-suffering Seahawks into division owners for 5 or so years and was one Bill Leavy away from winning two Super Bowls with two separate teams. He knows his stuff.

    That said, in this fan’s totally uninformed opinion, he has shown a pattern of going with the familiar — the guy he knows best, not always necessarily the best guy.

    This Browns experiment will tell the tale. It is clearly pro football’s greatest challenge.

  8. couchbasher says: Feb 9, 2012 10:23 AM

    Please hire Tony Grossi….I will never support the PD again, Corporate Mary Kay Cabott and all the Holmgren kool-aid drinkers.

    this is my site of choice…Grossi should start his own Browns column or talkshow elsewhere.

  9. Truckin' says: Feb 9, 2012 10:31 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Childress did some lobbying for Trent Richardson @ #4. The Browns were in bottom 5 in most rushing related catergories in 2011. Remember Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Greg & Mike Pruitt plus Byner and Mack?
    Their running depth will be as bad as the WR corps if Hillis goes to another team. In the AFC North you have to be able to run the ball to win.

  10. hound32 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:34 AM

    as a loooong very long suffering Browns fan ..i don’t care what he did or who he did . just turn this mess around . i don’t think any fan base except maybe the Lions has suffered as much as us . the Lions got turned around its past time for the Browns to do just that .

  11. moneymike23 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:41 AM

    Chilly is a good coach, but has a huge ego. Players eventually gave up on him and that’s what got Chilly run out of town.

  12. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    Eh, chilly’s not a bad hire, for the browns. He still has to show me that he’s a good hire though, for anyone. His rep and respect amongst players has been damaged.

    I will say this though- there is no better offense for the Colt McCoy skill set than the one he is going to run… if he can get the passes out ofcourse…

  13. ubb44 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:00 AM

    He’s very good with QB’s? If Holmgren really wants people to believe Chilly ‘developed’ Favre then please pass me what he’s smoking. Otherwise, one only has to look at: Brooks Bollinger, Brad Johnson, Tavaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Gus Freotte under Chilly tutelage. Really impressive play from the QB’s during his tenure in Minny.

  14. brutus3413 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    Please…please…please!!! I want to see some offense from the Browns. As a season ticket holder (until two seasons ago) I can’t tell you how many games I went to simply hoping to see them score a touchdown.

    Honestly, aside from a freak day by Anderson against the Bengals a few years ago, I have not witnessed a decent offense from the Browns since Bernie Kosar and the gang in 1986 or so. It’s time to close the “Factory of Sadness” once and for all!

  15. shadowgm1 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Mark my words…this will be a HUGE mistake. I love Holmgren for what he did in Green Bay (contrary to his ego, WITH the help and guidance of Ron Wolf), but he has a knack for ruining franchises when calling all the shots and makes questionable decisions on talent and coaching. This instance is another in a long line of stubborn decisions. Could be both a show of the hand in moving away from drafting “Robert of Griffin the Third”, and towards RB Trent Richardson. Tarvaris Jackson’s experience (and lack of production) in Minnesota is a crystal ball into not just RG’s future under Childress, but a warning to anyone who drafts that dud high.

  16. fargovikesfan says: Feb 9, 2012 11:20 AM

    Childress is a moron, Cleveland can have him.

    The Vikings got to the NFC championship IN SPITE of him, not because of him. He’s stubborn, arrogant, and completely clueless when it comes to personnel. He is hell bent on making players fit HIS system, not making the most of a players talents and adjusting to use them. ’09 was more about Favre playing out of his mind than anything else. Multiple times during the year you’d see the two of them arguing on the sidelines because of Chilly’s insistence on following the plays and not wanting Favre to improvise. Look at the game in Chicago that year. I still firmly believe that the first half of that game was done Chilly’s way, and the 2nd half Favre said “screw it” and did it his way. the difference? Zero points in the 1st half, and 30 in the 2nd half. Good luck Cleveland, you’re gonna need it.

  17. cobrala2 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:20 AM

    Cleveland fans: you WANT Chilly as an OC. NEVER as a Head Coach, but this guy is a Top Tier OC for sure!

  18. nomorewhodey says: Feb 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    ough team to beat??? with a 4th round noodle armed qb? an beat up/over the hill right side of the line, and the highest paid member of the team being a punt team gunner and part time returner……yaaaaah theyre gonna jump ahead of the other three playoff teams in their division

    Highest paid player is a future HOFer who in a down year still made pro bowl in Joe t. I agree right side is awful but this is holgreen make or break year. Ravens will finish last in division mark my word that d is on its old last leg.

  19. mclovin07 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:48 AM

    Thanks Holmgren for believing in him!! That state of MN thanks you!!!

  20. ubb44 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:50 AM

    Top tier OC?? based on what? He didn’t call the plays in Philly, Andy Reid did. He had almost exclusive control in Minny and had to count on Favre’s vendetta against Green Bay to give him a modicum of success during his tenure. Brad Childress has ZERO people skills and an ego the size of Mike Martz but with much less success to back it up. Cleveland will NOT have a kick a$$ offense under Chilly.

  21. lolb23 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    Browns have always been and will always be terrible.

  22. coleman121280 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    Look at the game in Chicago that year. I still firmly believe that the first half of that game was done Chilly’s way, and the 2nd half Favre said “screw it” and did it his way. the difference? Zero points in the 1st half, and 30 in the 2nd half. Good luck Cleveland, you’re gonna need it.
    =================================

    WORD! I’ve been saying that forever myself. It was obvious the first half was all chilly because if i’m correct we just came off the Carolina game where they were both going at it during all 4 quaters and this time around Favre wanted to show Chilly exactly what his offense looked like w/o the Legend killers audibles.

    Then after that i’m sure Brett called a wrangler round table meeting in the locker room and said “Lets put the women and children to bed and go looking for f*&^in dinner”

    That Sidney Rice catch on fourth down to tie it up and send it to over time is PRICELESS.

  23. dk56 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:06 PM

    W/O more talent it wont matter who the OC is..
    My only concern is that Shurmer said he will be calling the plays – so it could be more of the same.

  24. wtfru2 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    Wait till he premiers that kick ass offense!

  25. jessethegreat says: Feb 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    Vikings fans will look back at the blunders negatively, but talk with the local high school football coaches about his character.

    Most will tell you he takes lots of time to help them and runs “coaching camps” for the MN high school coaches all out of his pocket. He’s a very charitable coach… and a valuable asset to the community.

    Sure he made some mistakes, but he did have a large hand in turning the Vikings around.

  26. realnflmaster says: Feb 9, 2012 12:23 PM

    Dick Jaraun, Brad Childress, are they assembling the island of misfit coaches who fail over and over again?

  27. theytukrjobs says: Feb 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    People that hate on Childress always point at all the talent he had to work with. They ignore the fact that he is the one who brought all of that talent in. The team was bare when he arrived, they peaked in an NFC Championship game road loss, and the team got significantly worse when he departed.

    Great coach. No way. Bad? Hardly. Just because fans and media don’t like a guy doesn’t mean he can’t coach the game of football. I guarantee Holmgren knows football and if he thinks a guy can coach then that is the end of it.

  28. td40 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:41 PM

    Attention Mike Holmgren and all Cleveland Browns staff and players: We Browns fans do not give a rat’s a s s about you “talking up” anyone. We don’t want to hear rosey forecasts and how we’re on the right track, etc, etc. The only thing we want is to be SHOWN that this team is improving- and the only way to show us that is by winning some freaking games. Like more than 4 or 5 would be a nice start. Until then, please shut up. We don’t want to hear it, we want to SEE it. Thank you.

  29. mgscott says: Feb 9, 2012 12:46 PM

    Favre was seen at Hopkins airport this morning

  30. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 12:54 PM

    coleman121280 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 12:00 PM
    Look at the game in Chicago that year. I still firmly believe that the first half of that game was done Chilly’s way, and the 2nd half Favre said “screw it” and did it his way. the difference? Zero points in the 1st half, and 30 in the 2nd half. Good luck Cleveland, you’re gonna need it.
    =================================

    WORD! I’ve been saying that forever myself. It was obvious the first half was all chilly because if i’m correct we just came off the Carolina game where they were both going at it during all 4 quaters and this time around Favre wanted to show Chilly exactly what his offense looked like w/o the Legend killers audibles.

    Then after that i’m sure Brett called a wrangler round table meeting in the locker room and said “Lets put the women and children to bed and go looking for f*&^in dinner”

    That Sidney Rice catch on fourth down to tie it up and send it to over time is PRICELESS.
    _______________

    Remember Longwell missing the extra point earlier in the game? That Rice catch would have been the gamewinner rather than sending it to OT where they eventually lost. They win that game and they play New Orleans at home instead of on the road and they probably win that game. Then Chilly is a Super Bowl coach and he would still be here.

  31. captainspaulding22 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:55 PM

    I know the guy in charge of this thing is a Steelers fan, but please try to maintain some semblance of objectivity. You and Grossi are two peas in a pod.

  32. theeclevelandsteamer says: Feb 9, 2012 12:56 PM

    Born in Cleveland, live in Green Bay. Root for both the Packers and Browns.

    This is a great hire. Any time you can get a former head coach as a coordinator I believe it can only make your team better. Huge knowledge base there with Chili.

    Better times are ahead. I fully trust Holmgren to turn this around. He’s done it twice, he knows what to do. That being said, he must know the QB position needs to be addressed. I don’t see Colt McCoy as the answer, but apparently Mike does so i do trust that (you do see him as the answer right Mike??)

    I would like to see them pursue Matt Flynn in the offseason and even draft another QB prospect that catches Holmgrens eye. Hopefully Mike is involved at some level in QB development – he clearly has a knack for it (Young, Favre, Hasselbeck).

    WINNING = HIGH LEVEL QB PLAY in the NFL. PERIOD.

    Pillage, plunder, steal, give away picks, WHATEVER it takes, we need a QB in Cleveland. We need to error to the side of too many. Hell, get Favre out of retirment, I don’t care. Need an arm defenses respect. That would help the run obviously.

    If GB franchises Flynn, hell, you give up Joe Thomas and a first rounder for him…whatever it takes, THE BROWNS NEED A QB that can create plays and make things happen.

    - Thee Cleveland Steamer

  33. zerodime says: Feb 9, 2012 1:07 PM

    “Is he going to have a young, good-kneed Adrian Peterson? How about Jared Allen? How about Brett Favre playing out of his spiteful mind? No? Well then I think I speak for the rest of the NFC North fanbases when I ask, if the Vikings can’t get their stadium situation figured out and if they move south or west, can we get the Browns to replace them?”

    Here’s a senario for you. Browns pick up Trent Richardson with a traded down draft pick. (Potential Peterson talent) Jabaal Sheard is showing signs of developing into Jared Allen talent. As the team with an insane amount of cap room pull in Peyton Manning. With the second 1st rounder of the Browns addressing our O line hole, and finally grabbing a good free agent WR.

    The Browns really could be a few steps away from being a force to recon with

  34. childressrulz says: Feb 9, 2012 1:30 PM

    And just like that he is back….Mr predictable rides again!

  35. Jabberjaw says: Feb 9, 2012 1:37 PM

    @ shadowgm
    I would be ALOT more worried about Pat Shurmur being the one to develop RGIII over Childress. Shurmur was brought in to call plays, help develop McCoy and lead the team. Colt went into regression, the play calling was really suspect all season and Shurmur blew at least two games with his indecision. He has a record of 16-48 as a Off. Coordinator/Headcoach in the last three seasons. If Shurmur cannot put seven wins or more on the board in 2012, he needs to go.

    @ thee cleveland steamer
    you better be getting an Andrew Luck quality type player if you are giving up Joe Thomas and a first rounder (4th pick overall) for a QB. Its the original first rounder that goes when you sign a franchised player.

  36. anarchopurplism says: Feb 9, 2012 1:59 PM

    Pat Shurmur must be calling the plays.

    Chilly will be locked up in his X’s & O’s laboratory.

  37. pacodawg says: Feb 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    As an independent football observer from the west coast, the browns are one of those teams who can surprise next year.

    A couple studs drafted in the 1st round, coupled with Steinbach’s return to solidify the line and a couple breaks this team could make a playoff run.

    I picked the Giants to win the Super Bowl in Vegas back in October and broke the bank.

    Believe me the Browns have a shot

  38. 90ragtop says: Feb 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    “Mike Holmgren talks up new offensive coordinator Brad Childress”

    *********************

    Swell. Now how about we rassle up an offense for Childress to coordinate?

  39. eegwaybeegway says: Feb 10, 2012 5:13 PM

    It’s embarrassing to be a Vikings fan right now as their fan base really dropped the ball on wanting Childress rid from the program. He built the team up every year from a roster and success standpoint and was dismissed for all the wrong reasons. Even the Moss debacle as this ill-informed writes was handled incorrectly simply due to the fact that the Vikings don’t have a hierarchy model in place to differentiate proper lines of authority. Childress was in charge of the roster, so I think it was in his bounds to dismiss Moss from the team for insubordination.
    As far as the 12-men-in-the-huddle call … if Favre simply kneels down, it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that Longwell boots a winning 54-yard field goal in the Super Dome. And that’s the worst case scenario. On the third down play, he could have rolled on his bell for 4 yards with the space the Saints defense was giving up. But instead it came down to Favre being the choker that his legacy became and he threw the inexcusible pick.
    Chili will help out Shurmur and the Browns insurmountably and I expect he’ll get a head coaching gig in due time and make the Vikings brass look even more foolish than they currently do.

  40. jerruhjones says: Feb 14, 2012 10:25 PM

    “Favre was seen at Hopkins airport this morning”

    Loading bags on planes?

  41. dawglbfan says: Feb 14, 2012 11:30 PM

    for those of you who are not well educated in the happenings of the national football league and believe the signing of chilly is a departure from notion that the browns are targeting RG3….

    Chilly loves dual threat qbs as seen in Minnesota with jackson and webb.

    But the most convincing fact is that Chilly developed a young Donovan McNabb in philly with none other than a Mr. Heckert at the helm as GM.

    If you cant piece this together you shouldn’t be allowed to browse the web

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