Michael Vick hired as offensive coordinator for AAF's Atlanta franchise

The Alliance of American Football's Atlanta franchise will have two familiar faces on the coaching staff when play kicks off next February.

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress will be Atlanta's head coach, and his offensive coordinator will be former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Atlanta becomes the second confirmed market for AAF, which previously announced an Orlando franchise. Former University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier is set to be the head coach in Orlando.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution pointed out the coincidence of the timing of Vick's hiring: 11 years to the day from when Vick's Virginia property was raided in an investigation into dog fighting. Vick wound up serving 21 months in a federal prison before resuming his NFL career.

Last season, Vick was a coaching intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, with Childress serving as the team's assistant head coach under Andy Reid.

"I've always had a passion for teaching, a passion for coaching," Vick said Wednesday. "When Brad called me about this opportunity, I felt like it was obviously something I couldn't pass up."

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Quarterback Michael Vick from Virginia Tech smiles wearing an Atlanta Falcons cap and holding a Falcons jersey as he poses with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (L) after being chosen by the Falcons as the first pick in the 2001 NFL draft at New York's Madison Square Garden, April 21, 2001. MS
The NFL first round draft pick, quarterback Michael Vick (L), listens to Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves at a press conference in which Vick signed a reported 62 million dollar, six-year contract with the Falcons, May 9, 2001 at the team's training camp in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Vick, a former Virginia Tech quarterback, received a signing bonus of $3 million. TLC/HB
ATLANTA, UNITED STATES: Atlanta Falcons rookie quarterback Michael Vick looks downfield during his first pre-season game 03 August 2001 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Vick, the top pick in the 2001 draft who played two years at Virginia Tech, is the 20th quarterback to be taken with the top pick and the second in three years. AFP PHOTO/Steve SCHAEFER (Photo credit should read STEVE SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick - November 25, 2002. Michael Vick Unleashed! How the Falcons star will revolutionize his position - and become the NFL's most exciting player ever (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (R) congratulates Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (L) after the Falcons defeated the Packers 27-7 in the NFC wild card game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin January 4, 2003. The loss marks the first time the Packers have been defeated in a playoff game at Lambeau Field. The Falcons will meet the Philadelphia Eagles next week for round two of the NFL playoffs in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Frank Polich SJO
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (7) is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end N.D. Kalu (94) in the second quarter of their NFC divisional playoff game January 11, 2003 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine GAC
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick lunges into the end zone for a touchdown ahead of New Orlean Saints cornerback Fakhir Brown (R) in the first half of their NFL game in Atlanta, Georgia November 28, 2004. REUTERS/Tami Chappell TLC
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (7) smiles as he walks onto the field after their win over the Oakland Raiders 35-10, to clinch the NFC South Division in Atlanta, December 12, 2004. REUTERS/Tami Chappell TLC
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Manning shakes hands with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Vick at news conference in Tokyo. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (L) shakes hands with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick at a news conference for their pre-season National Football League (NFL) game in Tokyo August 4, 2005. The game will be played on Saturday at Tokyo Dome. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick scrambles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL game in Tampa, Florida December 24, 2005. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pauses during a statement to the press at a hotel in Richmond, Virginia, August 27, 2007, after pleading guilty Monday in court, in a dog-fighting case almost certain to wreck his football career. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (L) arrives at federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. The football star was expected to plead guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. The NFL has suspended Vick indefinitely. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid (L-R) makes remarks as player Michael Vick and former NFL coach Tony Dungy look on during a news conference at the Eagles practice facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 14, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)
Newly signed Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick during a passing drill at the Eagles NFL practice facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (R) rushes past the New York Jets' Kenwin Cummings in the first quarter during their NFL preseason football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey September 3, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (R), greets former teammate Atlanta Falcons Jerious Norwood (L) while leaving the field after the Eagles defeated Falcons during their NFL football game in Atlanta, Georgia, December 6, 2009. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)
Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick (L) spikes the ball after running for a touchdown against the New York Giants as Giants' Kenny Phillips watches, in their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 19, 2010. The Eagles won the game 38-31. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick celebrates after the Eagles defeated the New York Giants in their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 19, 2010. The Eagles won the game 38-31. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) jokes with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick after the 49ers defeated the Eagles in their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (L) rolls out of the pocket as tackle Todd Herremans (C) blocks Dallas Cowboys defensive end Clifton Geathers in the second half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (R) talks with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick after their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) escapes the grasp of Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) talks with St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) after a game at the Edward Jones Dome. Steelers defeated the Rams 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) warms up before playing the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Former Atlanta Falcons Jerry Glanville and Michael Vick on the sidelines before the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons on January 01, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The Falcons defeat the Saints 38-32. (Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Childress left the Chiefs in January, then signed on to be an offensive analyst for the Chicago Bears -- where former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy was hired as the new head coach -- in late February.

"This is his team," Vick said of Childress, according to ESPN. "I'm just a guy here to help players develop. Obviously to dive into the offense and make suggestions, be a crutch for Coach, but we're going to follow his lead. When he thinks I'm ready, I'll graduate to the next level along with everybody else."

Childress, 61, produced a 39-35 record as head coach of the Vikings from 2006-10, leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season. He also has served as offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chiefs.

The AAF Atlanta team will play at Georgia State Stadium. The league is expected to include eight teams, with former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel a possibility to lead a Southern California squad, according to multiple media reports.

--Field Level Media

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