Childress, who was fired by the Vikings in November, told the newspaper Wednesday that he wasn't certain if he will coach next season or sit out. He is owed $3 million for each of the next two seasons from his Vikings contract if he chooses the latter option.
"I really don't know what I want to do," Childress said. "I may just sit out this year and maybe two years. But I've coached for 33 straight years, and if the right position comes up, I'm going to give it strong consideration. I'm a football coach."
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano is looking for an offensive coordinator -- a job that Childress held with the Philadelphia Eagles before the Vikings hired him as coach in 2006 -- after Dan Henning decided to retire.
"I don't have any preconceived notions," Childress said of the Dolphins' opening. "If there's a good opportunity there with good people, and that's the key, I'll coach again this year. If not, then I'll pass and do something next year."
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett reportedly have interviewed for the position. San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski and former Browns coach Chris Palmer also are candidates.