On Jan. 18, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com initially reported Childress would be promoted to offensive coordinator and Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reported Nagy would be sharing the role. Rapoport noted that Childress was a consultant for the Chiefs during the 2015 campaign.
Both Nagy and Childress have been on coach Andy Reid’s staff since the lead man took over the Chiefs in 2013. Nagy was a quarterbacks coach, and Teicher provided more details for Childress’ role, noting he was “an offensive assistant with the title of spread game analyst and special projects.”
Childress is the noteworthy name because he coached the Vikings from 2006 until he was fired 10 games into the 2010 campaign. He finished with a 39-35 record as the head coach of the Vikings and reached the playoffs twice.
There is a familiarity in place with the Childress promotion, especially because he was Reid’s quarterback coach from 1999-2001 and offensive coordinator from 2002-05 with the Philadelphia Eagles before accepting the job with the Vikings.
Considering Childress and Nagy were both figures on Kansas City’s coaching staff this season as the Chiefs won their final 10 games to reach the playoffs, continuity should not be an issue. Both coaches worked with the offensive playmakers, including quarterback Alex Smith, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs beat the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round before ultimately falling to the defending champion New England Patriots on Saturday, although the offense was a disappointing 27th in the league in total yards per game. Perhaps another season with familiar personnel will help Kansas City improve on those totals even without Pederson.
The Eagles finished in the top 10 in the NFL in scoring twice during Childress’ four years as offensive coordinator from 2002-05, and his 2009 Vikings team that appeared in the NFC Championship Game was fifth in yards per game and second in points per game.
There is a track record of success in place within the coaching staff as the Chiefs look to turn the corner and become a Super Bowl contender instead of just a playoff team.