Brad Childress has been a football coach in some capacity since 1978, a span of 40 years. But he’s only been a head coach at one stop: From 2006 through most of 2010 with the Vikings.
That is slated to change, though. It was announced Wednesday that Childress is going to be the head coach of the Atlanta franchise in the professional Alliance of American Football league set to debut in February of 2019 — shortly after the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
His offensive coordinator? Former Falcons QB Michael Vick.
The AAF will have eight teams and play a 10-game regular season. It’s hard to say this league is a challenger to the NFL — season ticket deposits for the Atlanta franchise are just $50 — but it figures to be a developmental league that could fill a niche.
Childress has worked for the Browns and Chiefs since being fired in 2010 after a 3-7 start with the Vikings, and just two months ago he was hired by the Bears as an offensive analyst. He compiled a 39-35 regular-season record as Vikings head coach and took the team to the 2009 NFC title game.