Vikings will name coach: Brad ChildressJudd Zulgad and Sid Hartman, Star TribuneThe Vikings will name Philadelphia offensive coordinator Brad Childress to be their next head coach on Friday, according to two persons with knowledge of the coaching search.Childress, 49, interviewed with the Vikings on Tuesday and was scheduled to talk to the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday; that meeting never took place. Childress’ agent, Bob LaMonte, and Vikings executives were in contract talks late this afternoon. Childress and LaMonte did not return calls today.The Vikings, who originally had Washington assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams at the top of their list, turned their attention to Childress after Williams signed a three-year, $8 million contract to remain with the Redskins on Tuesday.The Vikings also interviewed defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, Kansas City assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Al Saunders, and Indianapolis assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell for the position. Mike Tice was fired as the Vikings head coach after Sunday’s regular-season finale against Chicago. Minnesota finished the season with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs.Childress has been an assistant coach with the Eagles since 1999. He joined the Philadelphia organization as Andy Reid’s quarterbacks coach in 1999 and became offensive coordinator in 2002. Reid, not Childress, has handled the play calling.Before joining the Eagles, Childress was an assistant under Barry Alvarez at the University of Wisconsin.Packers quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell, who played under Childress at Wisconsin, is expected to be on Childress’ staff.Childress was born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Ill. He attended Marmion Military High School and Eastern Illinois University.His college coaching career included stops at Illinois 1978-84 (running backs, wide receivers); Northern Arizona, 1986-89 (offensive coordinator); Utah 1990 (wide receivers); and Wisconsin, 1991 (running backs, offensive coordinator). He was quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 1985.While coaching at Northern Arizona, he worked with three future NFL coaches: Reid, Bill Callahan (Raiders) and Marty Mornhinweg (Lions). Callahan is now coaching Nebraska, and Mornhinweg is an Eagles assistant.Staff writer Kevin Seifert contributed to this story.
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