Childress, 61, was most recently the assistant head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He announced his retirement after the team’s Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans, but it appears that that retirement was short lived. He served as Kansas City’s co-offensive coordinator alongside new Bears head coach Matt Nagy in 2016.
Childress is perhaps best known as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010. He led the Vikings to a 39-35 record in his five seasons with the team. Minnesota won the NFC North twice under his watch, and even made it to the NFC Championship in January of 2010 before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. After a 3-7 start to the 2010 season, Childress was fired.
Childress was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois, and attended high school at Marmion Academy. He played quarterback and wide receiver in college at Eastern Illinois.
Childress brings experience and wisdom to a revamped offensive coaching staff. This hire continues the Bears’ efforts to help quarterback Mitchell Trubisky take a big step in his development as an NFL quarterback.