Consultant Brad Childress won’t return to Bears: report

The Bears’ offensive coaching overhaul won’t include Brad Childress.

Matt Nagy’s mentor told he’s already told the head coach he won’t return to the Bears next year, presumably to retire. His contract expires next month.


Childress was set to retire two years ago before following Nagy to Chicago, where he served as a senior offensive consultant through the 2018 training camp. After an ill-fated, brief stint with the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, Childress returned to the Bears a year ago as a senior offensive assistant.

Nagy has described Childress, the former Vikings head coach, as a mentor and sounding board.

“He’s not scared to tell me when I’m doing something, maybe not wrong, but when I maybe should think about doing something else,” Nagy said in May. “He’ll give me advice. He’s not worried about who I am or what I do or what my title is.”


Nagy fired three offensive assistants the day after the season ended, and has replaced them with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, offensive line coach Juan Castillo and tight ends coach Clancy Barone.