Bears announce hiring of Childress

Field Level Media

May 01, 2019 at 10:05 pm.

The Chicago Bears officially announced the hiring of Brad Childress as senior offensive assistant on Wednesday.

Childress, 62, spent the 2018 season with Chicago as a senior offensive consultant before leaving to coach the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football. He resigned from leading the Legends a month before their first game, and reports in March said he would return to join the Bears.

A former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Childress worked with Bears head coach Matt Nagy on the Kansas City Chiefs’ staff from 2013-17. Both held the offensive coordinator title for stretches, with Childress also serving as spread game analyst and assistant head coach during his K.C. tenure.

The Vikings were 39-35 under Childress from 2006-10, reaching the playoffs twice and losing to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season.

When he stepped down in January from the job in the fledgling AAF — which has since folded — Childress indicated he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“For now, I need to refocus,” he said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to spending time with them and supporting them as they’ve done so for me.”