Cincinnati’s rookie offensive coordinator Brian Callahan has a background that fits nicely with what the Bengals are trying to create.
Of course the line above is what all teams should strive for, but it does not always work that way. Much has been written on this site and others about what kind of offense the Bengals are going to be under Zac Taylor. It is safe to say without having to read between the lines too hard, the backbone is going to be the rushing game.
Most of Callahan’s time prior to the Bengals was spent in Denver. The Broncos always run the ball well and value the ground game as much as any team in football. Callahan spent 2015 under Gary Kubiak. That year, Kubiak pivoted midseason and a ground and pound offense carried what was left of Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl. As an offensive coordinator, Kubiak turned several no name running backs into 1000 yard rushers.
Obviously, the Bengals defense this year won’t be anywhere close to Denver’s dominant group from 2015. The point is with the Bengals building what seems to be a run first offense, Callahan learned from the right organization and individual.
Also, Callahan’s father, Bill has coached in the NFL and college football since 1980. The vast majority of that time has been as an offensive line coach. Thus, the younger Callahan no doubt understands the importance of an offensive line and will work closely with Jim Turner to get the most out of that position group in Cincinnati.
Background can only get a coach so far. Still, now that the Bengals have a clear direction personnel wise, Callahan looks like one of the better fits on an extremely young coaching staff.