Just one month before the The Alliance of American Football (AAF) league was set to kickoff its inaugural season, Brad Childress has quit his job as head coach of the Atlanta Legends.
Childress issued a statement late Wednesday night saying he needs to refocus and spend quality time with his family.
"I've been fortunate to work with many great players and coaches throughout my years in football – including those at The Alliance. Throughout it all, my biggest supporters have always been my family," Childress said, according to Dina Mann of The AAF.
"I have an amazing wife, four kids, four grandchildren and am still lucky enough to have my parents around. For now, I need to re-focus. I'm looking forward to spending time with them and supporting them as they've done so for me.
The former head coach of the Vikings was named Atlanta's coach in April, with former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick entrenched as his offensive coordinator.
Earlier this week, on the third day of training camp, Childress was seen in a video telling players that he's witnessed their growth. Two days later he stepped away.
Childress was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2010 and guided the team to the NFC Championship Game in 2009, where they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the New Orleans Saints.
What's the Alliance of American Football?
The league describes itself as "high-quality professional football" that will fill the football void during the NFL's offseason.
There are eight teams that will play a 12-game schedule, kicking off Feb. 9, 2019 and running through late April.
Rosters are filled with talented players who either didn't quite make the NFL, which includes of ton of college stars, and former NFL players who want to continue their playing careers but can't do so at the NFL level.
Games are streamed live on the league's app, although the league's opening game will be televised on CBS.
The league also promises state-of-the-art protection for players, a bonus system featuring fantasy football rewards, along with post-football career support through counseling, scholarship opportunities and education.