Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that Bears senior offensive assistant Brad Childress has told HC Matt Nagy that he’s not returning for the 2020 season.
Cabot says Childress will presumably retire. However, he did acknowledge there’s at least a remote possibility he would return to Cleveland to aid his protege Kevin Stefanski in his first season as Browns head coach.
“I’d have to wait till we cross that bridge,’’ Childress said. “I think the world of Kevin and that’s not out there right now. Getting into hypotheticals is really hard for a football coach.’’
Childress added that taking on a similar role to the one he had with the Bears is “not out of the question but I doubt it pretty much. I think he’s got his eye on some people that he has an interest in.’’
Childress, 63, began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles as their QBs coach back in 1999. He spent seven years in Philadelphia before he was hired as the Vikings head coach in 2006.
Childress was fired by the Vikings after five years in Minnesota and he had a brief stint with the Browns before joining the Chiefs’ coaching staff in 2013. He was the team’s offensive coordinator in 2016 before being moved to assistant head coach in 2017.
The Bears hired Childress as an assistant last year before he agreed to serve as head coach of the AAF’s Atlanta Legends. However, that didn’t work out and he later returned to the Bears.
During his time as the Vikings’ head coach, Childress led them to a record of 39-35 (52.7 percent), which includes two playoff appearances.