Bengals To Hire Brian Callahan As OC

The Bengals are set to hire Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan as their new offensive coordinator, according to Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com). New Bengals HC Zac Taylor played for Brian’s dad Bill Callahan at Nebraska, giving the two men a unique connection. 

The younger Callahan was a hot name in NFL coaching circles last year, as he interviewed for the Titans’ offensive coordinator vacancy and the Jets’ quarterbacks coach position. He was also linked to a job with the Giants, but never officially met with the club. Despite that level of interest, the Lions allowed Callahan to seek employment elsewhere in 2018, leading him to the Raiders’ QB job. Now, he’s taking a big step up as he joins Taylor in Cincinnati.

Taylor is expected to call the Bengals’ plays, but Callahan should still have an active role in the offense. And, as evidenced by Taylor and others in the Sean McVay coaching tree, that type of OC job can still be a launching pad to something bigger and better.

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7 comments on “Bengals To Hire Brian Callahan As OC

  1. Smartz1

    Pretty sure Zach Taylor hasn’t been named anything officially yet. Can’t do that until after the Super Bowl since his team is in it.

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  2. jjghost

    I think they can still hire coordinators even without the head coach in place.

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    • CoachWes2000

      They can officially hire the entire staff now…with the only exception being any and all assistants in the Super Bowl as well as the new HC.

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  3. Sopro Found

    I still can’t decide how I feel about Taylor being our hc..but imagine if he ended up pulling a Josh McDaniels style reneg after the super bowl…

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  4. leprechaun

    Hope the kid is a better coach than his father who is a John Gruden hype job.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      Someone named leprechaun should be thrilled that a good Irish lad named Callahan is getting a chance.

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