Childress could do wonders with the Chiefs' offense.

Kansas City Chiefs Should Hire Brad Childress as Offensive Coordinator

Now that Charlie Weis is the offensive coordinator at Florida, the Kansas City Chiefs need an offensive coordinator to fill his spot and head coach Todd Haley has said he will not hold dual titles. Brad Childress, once the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles before that, needs a job.

So I’m having a very tough time figuring out why exactly these two sides have not come together.

Childress has the same type of philosophy as Haley in that both seem committed to the run. Childress didn’t get to run the ball a lot when he was the OC in Philadelphia because he had pass-happy Andy Reid looking over his shoulder, but he pounded the ball with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor in Minnesota.

Then, once Taylor jumped ship for Chicago, Childress drafted a running back — Toby Gerhart — in the second round. Unless you’re a guy who’s committed to the run, you’re not going to spend a second-round pick on a running back with a guy like Peterson already in your backfield.

In Kansas City, Childress would have Jamal Charles and Thomas Jones to work with. Any coach who likes running the ball would salivate at that backfield. Throw in a Matt Cassel — a guy with a lot of talent still learning to play quarterback — throwing to Dwayne Bowe behind a solid offensive line and a guy like Childress could have just as much if not more success with them than Weis did.

The only problem seems to be personality. More specifically, a personality clash in Childress and Haley. During his short tenure in Kansas City, Haley has shown himself to be a very territorial, insecure, and somewhat paranoid head coach. There are whispers that Weis left town because he was sick of dealing with Haley’s inflated ego, and that certainly won’t go over well with a head-strong guy like Childress.

Childress meshed well with the stoic Reid. He didn’t mesh well with a demonstrative quarterback like Brett Favre. It’s possible he and Haley would butt heads from day one all the way until the day Childress storms out like Weis.

Still, even having an offensive coordinator for a year would be beneficial. Childress could more than fill that need, and he’d likely come fairly cheap after not getting the interest he was likely expecting.

Now all the Chiefs need is for Haley to swallow his pride and stop trying to find an offensive coordinator who won’t challenge him in any way and instead hire a guy who can get the most out of the Chiefs’ offense.

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  • Dave

    Childress and Haley run different systems. The Chiefs don’t run a west coast offense. You had a very tough time figuring that out? Seriously?

    • Bob Cunningham

      And Childress didn’t run one in Philly, nor did he run a pure one in Minnesota.

      • Jason

        Childress didn’t run anything in Philly. Reid called all the plays and, once Chilly left, handed playcalling duties to Marty Mornhinweg.

        I can’t think of a crappier OC candidate for any team than Childress. If you watched him for any amount of time in Minnesota you would have seen that he was incredibly rigid in his crappy little system. Players had to conform or they were canned. When he had Chester Taylor and Peterson, two excellent playmakers, in his backfield he never had them take the field together. How idiotic is that?

  • Carl D. Peterson

    This site makes a big deal out of the fact that Bob Cunningham has years and years of experience covering AND *GASP* playing football.

    Bob, did you play high school football or something? Perhaps glory at the Division III level? All that experience served you well as you pounded away furiously at your keyboard, ignorant of the fact that Childress runs a west coast offense that will never be installed in KC under Haley.

    This article will surely be the most ignorant written in regards to the Chiefs’ search for an OC.


  • Jason

    Hire this man if you want to see your offense atrophy year by year as Childress attempts to make his playmakers conform to a scheme that goes run-run-pass each possession.

    Hire this turd if you want to hear him step up to a presser and throw around made-up terms like “programmatic non-fit.”

  • Dave in Ottawa`

    Chiefs are waiting until the Super Bowl is over to interview Packers QB coach Tom Clements….