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Updated: January 27th, 2012 2:15pm
Browns hire ex-Vikings coach Brad Childress as offensive coordinator

Browns hire ex-Vikings coach Brad Childress as offensive coordinator

by Judd Zulgad
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Former Vikings coach Brad Childress will return to the sideline next season, something that should be good news for his former employer.

Childress agreed Friday to become the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. That means the Vikings should no longer be on the hook for Childress' entire salary in 2012.

Childress, who was fired by the Vikings on Nov. 22, 2010 after 10 games, was due $6.6 million over the final two seasons from the contract extension he received in November 2009.

Childress was paid the full amount by Vikings owner Zygi Wilf in 2011 as he sat out, but the team now will have to pay a portion of Childress' 2012 salary, depending on what he gets from Cleveland in terms of compensation.

The Vikings, in essence, will have to make up the difference.

Childress, 55, is familiar with Browns coach Pat Shurmur and his offensive philosophy from their seven seasons together on Andy Reid's coaching staff in Philadelphia. Childress joined the Eagles as quarterbacks coach in 2009 and was offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005.

Childress, however, did not call plays with the Eagles and Shurmur reportedly will retain play-calling duties for now, although that could change. Shurmur was his own coordinator for the Browns this past season as the team finished 29th in offense and 30th in points per game.

Childress called plays for the Vikings during his rookie season as a head coach in 2006 and the club finished 6-10. That was the season that Childress told a reporter he felt the Vikings had a "kick-ass offense." 

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman also had been a candidate for the Browns job but is expected to become the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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