There are several veteran names still out there vying for coordinator or even head coaching gigs in the NFL, and some notable names remain on the open market. Mike Martz is a popular name when mentioning offensive coordinator openings, and Brad Childress is another veteran coach. It’s possible that one could be the right fit for the Kansas City Chiefs — at least that’s what Dan Flaherty believes.
He writes, “Childress, on the other hand, oversaw successful offenses in Philadelphia as a coordinator. And his tenure at Minnesota was marked by one year where he managed to make the playoffs exclusively behind the running of Adrian Peterson and another where he almost made the Super Bowl behind the arm of Brett Favre. Childress was also the coordinator on the Wisconsin Badgers’ 1993 Rose Bowl team, where UW broke through and began to mark itself as a consistent Big Ten power. Whatever Childress’ flaws as a head coach, there can be no question of his ability to oversee half of a team.”
That’s an interesting proposition considering that Flaherty has a point about Childress’ talent. His final year in Minnesota was a mess, but before that, Childress’ teams were almost always in the top half of the NFL in total points and yards. He even had four top 10 finishes in this last nine seasons in total yardage.
The Chiefs certainly have the dynamic offensive weapons any coordinator would love to get their hands on. The Chiefs will likely bolster the offensive line with their first round pick, and with playmakers like Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki, Steve Breaston, Jon Baldwin, Dexter McCluster and possibly Dwayne Bowe in the fold (if he resigns), then the Chiefs are loaded all around. While quarterback remains a mystery, an efficient veteran like Matt Cassel has proven to get the job done before and could do so again.