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Childress joins Chiefs’ staff as “spread game analyst”

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Almost immediately after Andy Reid took over as head coach of the Chiefs, the speculation began that Brad Childress would join his staff. But it took almost three months for the deal to finally get done, and Childress is finally with the Chiefs — and with an unusual title.

The Chiefs announced today that Childress has joined their coaching staff to serve with a title of “Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects.”

There’s no immediate word on what, exactly, a coach with a title of “Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects” does on a daily basis, but the word “spread” in the title may suggest that Reid is hoping Childress can help him find a happy marriage between the West Coast Offense that he has always run and the spread offense that has been increasingly employed in the NFL — and that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ran under Urban Meyer at Utah.

Childress worked for Reid for seven seasons in Philadelphia, first as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator. He left the Eagles to become head coach of the Vikings from 2006 to 2010, and was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Browns in 2012.

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  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:33 PM

    His first task with the Chiefs will be to pick up Alex Smith from the airport.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    There’s no immediate word on what, exactly, a coach with a title of “Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects” does

    Don’t forget there are two sides to the ball. It wouldn’t hurt to have another coach (I know he was offense oriented) who can pull full time to prepare for the Spread on both sides of the ball.

  3. raiderapologist says: Mar 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    spread (sprd)
    v. spread, spread·ing, spreads

    6.
    a. To prepare (a table) for eating; set.
    b. To arrange (food or a meal) on a table.

    That is a programmatic fit for Chilly.

  4. ncp2 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:44 PM

    spread game analyst? give me a break.

  5. goldrush4949 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:46 PM

    In other words, his job is to pester the offensive coordinator.

  6. paulitik74 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:50 PM

    Good thing he’s not a therapist and an analyst. Then he’d be the Chief’s Spread Analrapist.

  7. fargovikesfan says: Mar 28, 2013 5:51 PM

    Whatever he’s doing its gonna be “Kick Ass”

  8. timegambit says: Mar 28, 2013 5:55 PM

    I think it’s like going from head chef to sous chef to finally, washing the dishes and filling your pockets with unfinished bread.

  9. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:55 PM

    Yes, because Childress is a genius of all things spread offense. LOL

  10. jackblackshairyback says: Mar 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    peanuts, peanut butter, JELLY

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 28, 2013 6:00 PM

    What this means is Chilly is the coach’s buddy and he needs a job.

  12. Vir Publius says: Mar 28, 2013 6:01 PM

    Suitable position for a man of his talents.

  13. bigbrad184 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:02 PM

    “Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith”…that is really going to take some getting used to.

  14. landof10000lakes says: Mar 28, 2013 6:02 PM

    Say what you will about Coach Childress, but he got us to the NFC Championship game. It’s not his fault our QB threw that pass or that AD dropped that ball.

  15. Sideline Mob says: Mar 28, 2013 6:03 PM

    Spread game analyst? Sounds like something Chilly learned during the fallout from the Vikings’ “sex boat” scandal.

  16. pigbenis69 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:06 PM

    Andy Reid still outsmarting the league? Shocking!

    Never forget Chiefs fans – Andy Reid is smarter than you. Just wait until that first press conference after he blows a game with a horrendous decision that defies logic & when a reporter asks him about it he gives them some smug answer and belittles them.

    You can get away with being an arrogant pr1ck if you’re Belichick & you’re winning, but not when you’re Andy Reid.

  17. jbaxt says: Mar 28, 2013 6:08 PM

    I will be joining as an “After every game I’ll tell you what you should’ve done analyst”. I’ve got 20 years experience so I’m well qualified. The problem is finding a way for them to pay me.

  18. profootballwalk says: Mar 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    Another old white guy getting recycled. If I was an owner, I wouldn’t want my head coach using my business to give his buddies jobs.

  19. briscocountyjr says: Mar 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    Reid: “Chilly, I’m going to need a box of donuts, donut holes, and waffle-pies…extra large coffee.”
    Childress: “You got it boss, did you want any help with the game pla…”
    Red: “NO, no, don’t worry about gametime stuff, we’ve got it covered. just go make that errand.”
    Childress: “…” “logicalvoicesays was right about me…”
    Reid: “Quit whining and GO”

  20. whatjusthapped says: Mar 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    I never seen a guy go so far on so little talent or brains. The funniest part is, he tries to act like he is the smartest guy in the room which is only possible when he dropped by a Viking tailgate party. I don’t what worse, Childress impressed with the talents of Travis Jackson or Favre impressed with the talents of Childress sporting a pair of knee pads.

    Take your pick, they both set the franchise back 5 years, precious time the Vikings couldn’t afford to lose considering they haven’t won anything for the last 50.

  21. reppster says: Mar 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    Superbowl???

  22. greg2geez says: Mar 28, 2013 6:15 PM

    There’s at least 10,000 Madden players more qualified to analyze spread offenses than Brad Childress.

  23. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:16 PM

    Considering his definition of a “kick ass offense” was handing the ball off and throwing 3 yard passes, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with in KC!

  24. whatjusthapped says: Mar 28, 2013 6:16 PM

    landof10000lakes says:

    Say what you will about Coach Childress, but he got us to the NFC Championship game. It’s not his fault our QB threw that pass or that AD dropped that ball.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    OK, I’ll play along. Whose fault is it for the 12 men in the huddle penalty that forced the Vikings into throwing the ball that immediately preceded that QB throwing that pass?? Follow up question, why didn’t that QB just run, he had an easy 5 yards in front of him and a good FG kicker waiting on the bench?

  25. musicman495 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:19 PM

    And Andy Reid’s Greatest Hits just keep on coming:

    “Yeah I hired Brad. Yeah that was a bad idea. I take full responsibility for that. Yeah, that one’s on me. We need to do a better job coaching, starting with me.”

  26. chilomane says: Mar 28, 2013 6:20 PM

    Doesn’t matter chiefs suck.

  27. kc571 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:22 PM

    KC staff as come a long way since Bill Muir as th OC. Theses titles are prob just that. For example to get Doug pederson we had to give him a promotion. Chilly will prob be a co-oc.

  28. cylondetector says: Mar 28, 2013 6:22 PM

    More than once I watched teams like the Patriots spread out the Minnesota D – a D that specialised in taking the run away with the Williams twins and totally abuse them.

    Chilly didn’t have any clue how to counter it back then, I don’t see why we should imagine he has become a guru in the interim.

  29. phinfan says: Mar 28, 2013 6:25 PM

    Spread? As in a deli/sandwhich maker?

  30. musicman495 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    Is the “Spread Game” anything like the “Wide 9″ that Andy used so effectively last year? Perhaps Larry Craig would know.

  31. staffordsyear says: Mar 28, 2013 6:34 PM

    Mmm..cheese spread.

  32. vikesfansteve says: Mar 28, 2013 6:40 PM

    12 men in the huddle was all his fault dude.

  33. purpleguy says: Mar 28, 2013 6:43 PM

    If memory serves correct, pre-Lord Favre, Klink’s spread pass offense consisted of a swing pass in the flat for 3 yards when it was 3rd and 10.

  34. flavordave says: Mar 28, 2013 6:48 PM

    Is there a Rooney rule for spread game analysts?

  35. cootermomma says: Mar 28, 2013 6:51 PM

    Good luck with all that….Sometimes people just need to know when to give it up. This is not Philadelphia and Smith is not McNabb. Look what Childress tried to with Jackson. Long road ahead for the Chief’s. Just saying….

  36. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Mar 28, 2013 6:52 PM

    Without Favre, Childo’s offense consisted of Chester Taylor to the left. Good luck with that….

  37. jcphitman says: Mar 28, 2013 7:00 PM

    Terrible idea by Reid. We suffered with Childress in MN. He brought in Favre to coach the team and play on it at the same time.

    Childress needs to retire and give it up. He’s done ever getting another head coaching opportunity again.

  38. 2ruefan says: Mar 28, 2013 7:02 PM

    Here’s what really HappeNed…

    why didn’t that QB just run, he had an easy 5 yards in front of him and a good FG kicker waiting on the bench?

    Because he was barely able to walk after a low-high tackle and punishment to knee/ankle/lower leg that SHOULD have been called resulting in an automatic first down/15 yard penalty, but wasn’t because the game was in New Orleans.

  39. Tarkus says: Mar 28, 2013 7:07 PM

    I wonder if Chilly knows that Alex Smith is a programmatic non-fit in Reid’s pass first offense.

  40. iced36d says: Mar 28, 2013 7:11 PM

    I like turtles

  41. mogogo1 says: Mar 28, 2013 7:13 PM

    Why give him such a stupid title? Why not just something generic? He could have been an assistant OC, co-OC, co-QB coach… whatever.

    But giving him a really specialized, silly title just builds the expectation that he’s going to provide something special for them. I have the feeling anybody expecting that will be disappointed.

  42. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 28, 2013 7:25 PM

    The Patriots let the Cheifs have Childress. he begged Kraft be the Patriots water boy just so he wouldn’t have to go to KC.

  43. blogatron2000 says: Mar 28, 2013 7:26 PM

    As if the Eagles trolls weren’t bad enough, now we’ve added Vikings trolls…awesome…

  44. skulman7 says: Mar 28, 2013 7:32 PM

    Nothing against Brad Childress..

    But shouldn’t the “spread game analyst” have like… experience with the spread offense?

  45. jason49er says: Mar 28, 2013 7:42 PM

    Did Brad Childress put on a few pounds in Cleveland? At first glance I thought that was Mike Holmgren lol.

  46. my2cents27 says: Mar 28, 2013 7:43 PM

    What is this?? The dream team of coaches!!??

    Good move for the Chiefs!! I predict Reid and company will do amazing things with this Chiefs team!

    Year 1 7-9

    Year 2 10-6

    Year 3 SUPER BOWL BABY!!

    Andy Reid is pure GENIUS!!!!!!

  47. murraysons says: Mar 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    aka leader of crap offense with no guts

  48. youngs79 says: Mar 28, 2013 7:52 PM

    Chilly will help install a “kick ass” offense.

  49. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 28, 2013 7:53 PM

    Brad will manage the point spread so as to maximize the side bets the guys have with the bookies.

  50. vegaskid21 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:00 PM

    Chilly!! As head of “Special Projects” for the Kansas City Chiefs, Go get Coach Reid his BBQ Sandwich, NOW!!!

  51. vikefan says: Mar 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    Say what you will about Coach Childress, but he got us to the NFC Championship game. It’s not his fault our QB threw that pass or that AD dropped that ball.
    ——————————————————–
    you mean the way he sold his soul & entire vikings organization out on a major league past his prime qb for 1 shot at glory and left the entire organizations roster depleted in a manner in which it is going to take a minimum of 4 years to attempt to recoup said talent. also a self proclaimed qb guru who went thru over 13 qbs in his tenure in mn and the only one that WAS worth a damn told chilly the HC to f__k off

  52. burrito12 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    Even Sesame street no longer wanted Mr. Noodle?

  53. vikefan says: Mar 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    Spread game analyst? Sounds like something Chilly learned during the fallout from the Vikings’ “sex boat” scandal.
    ——————————————————
    now THATS funny!!

  54. jfibertkc says: Mar 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    You guys act like they hired him to rewrite the playbook and then be the qb in all of the plays. They gave him the absurd title because he doesn’t play a very big role in this team. Chilly needed a job, Reid made one for him.

  55. dyna42 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:43 PM

    I heard he is going to try and bring in Randy Moss.

  56. donnymacjack says: Mar 28, 2013 8:50 PM

    Where I work “Special Projects” is what they assign people to when their performance is so poor that we can’t assign them to anything else.

  57. thetooloftools says: Mar 28, 2013 9:08 PM

    Whom joined who as what?

  58. freedomispopular says: Mar 28, 2013 9:37 PM

    Andy Reid’s actually trying to adapt his system to his players? What is this sorcery?

  59. msclemons67 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:37 PM

    “purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:16 PM

    Considering his definition of a “kick ass offense” was handing the ball off and throwing 3 yard passes, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with in KC!”

    Well, with Alex Smith at quarterback that isn’t really a bad plan.

  60. urcrap says: Mar 28, 2013 9:51 PM

    Viking fan; but KC is now my fav AFC team. Doubters do what you do best and post your smack crap but Reid and Childress are going to bring winning football back to KC! If I show up for a KC game in Vike attire please don’t kick the holy hell out of me, thank you.

  61. raiderapologist says: Mar 28, 2013 10:10 PM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 28, 2013 7:25 PM

    The Patriots let the Cheifs have Childress. he begged Kraft be the Patriots water boy just so he wouldn’t have to go to KC.
    ————
    Imagine that. logicalvoice has a little sister.

  62. rj6976 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:18 PM

    This guy must have pictures of somebody, how Ned Flanders keeps getting a job defies logic

  63. gooboy6 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:32 PM

    Just ask Bart Favre if Chilly knows how to ” spread em”

  64. cardiffgiant11 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:42 PM

    dyna42 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 8:43 PM
    I heard he is going to try and bring in Randy Moss.
    ____________________________________

    Let’s just hope they don’t leave him in charge of catering the team meals.

  65. joetoronto says: Mar 29, 2013 4:55 AM

    Andy Reid, Brad Childress and the Kansas City Chiefs, LOL!

  66. MossMoon2Packers says: Mar 29, 2013 8:32 AM

    To all you dissing Chilly, you’ve got it all wrong! The man is a genius of a football coach. Just check out the books he wrote:

    “My Kick-A$$ Offense — How I Turned 4 Red Zone Drives Into 3 Points Against the Vaunted Detroit Lion Defense”

    “The Art of Play-Calling — Relying on the 3-Yard Dump-Off Pass When Down By 12 With 90 Yards and 1 Minute To Go”

    “The Key to Successful Press Conferences — Deliver Monotone Half-Baked Banalities and Inanities to Keep ‘Em Befuddled”

    “The Zen of Clock Management — How To Call 2 3-Yard Dump-Off Passes When Down By 12 With 90 Yards and 1 Minute To Go”

    “Brad Childress, QB Guru — How I Moved Up in the Draft to Select an Obscure QB I Could Have Got Several Rounds Later and then Molded Him into a Dubious 3rd Stringer”; and

    “Optimal Player Utilization — Sitting Your Superstar Running-Back When Down By 12 With 90 Yards and 5 Minutes To Go”.

    They’re written in crayon.

  67. nigeriannightmare35 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:12 PM

    Perfect Match. He used AP so well in Minnesota. Now he can do the same with Charles. Very excited for this season.

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