It was announced today that Brian Callahan, son of Bill Callahan, will be taking over offensive coordinator duties for the team.
Jon Gruden reported today that his quarterback’s coach, Brian Callahan, will be leaving Oakland in order to take the offensive coordinator position currently open in Cincinnati.
This hiring represents Callahan’s first offensive coordinator gig in the NFL, having previous jobs with the Broncos, Lions, and Raiders. In each of those stops, Callahan has been able to work with quality quarterbacks in Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford, and Derek Carr. Callahan has been a quarterback’s coach, an offensive assistant, and an offensive quality control coach.
The hope for Cincinnati is that Callahan can use some of the experience that he gained in these previous stops on Andy Dalton, or potentially, on a different quarterback who the Bengals may draft this year. Perhaps Andy Dalton will flourish under a seasoned QB coach, or maybe the team went with Callahan in order to prepare the rookie quarterback they are planning to draft when their time comes. Either way, Callahan should be excited to get another project at quarterback.
Callahan will join a very young coaching staff with head coach Zac Taylor. This is a trend that has been noticed by many NFL teams, and one that should be expected into the future. Fans of the Bengals should be excited for youthful, innovative football that doesn’t stick to the same tired tennants of tradition that we saw under Marvin Lewis. Callahan certainly represents a part of that shift.
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