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Press Release: Redskins announce hiring of Callahan as offensive line coach

Jan 15, 2015, 4:56 PM EDT

Bill-Callahan

The Redskins have announced the hiring of Bill Callahan as the offensive line coach. Here is the team’s press release.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Bill Callahan as Offensive Line Coach.

Callahan is entering his 17th NFL season, including capturing the 2002 AFC Championship as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He has been a member of an offensive staff that has finished in the Top 5 in rushing or passing 10 times, including No. 1 overall in rushing twice (2000, ’09) and passing once (2002). Callahan has had 10 offensive linemen combine for 22 Pro Bowl selections during his career.

Callahan most recently served as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2012-14 and helped guide the franchise to its first NFC East title since 2009. In 2014, the Cowboys finished second in the NFL in rushing (147.1) with running back DeMarco Murray leading the league in rushing and setting a Dallas franchise record with 1,845 yards. Callahan had two offensive linemen named to The Associated Press 2014 All-Pro team (Tyron Smith, Zach Martin).

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Callahan, 58, served as assistant head coach/offensive line coach of the New York Jets from 2008-11. During his tenure with the Jets, the offense ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards per game (137.9) and appeared in two consecutive AFC Championship games (2009-10).

Prior to his tenure in New York, Callahan served as head coach for Nebraska from 2003-06, leading the Cornhuskers to the Big 12 Conference Championship game in 2006 and two bowl invitations in his four seasons.

Callahan served as head coach of the Raiders from 2001-02. In 2002, Oakland’s offense led the NFL in passing yards (4,689) and set a team record for total offense (6,237).

Callahan and his wife, Valerie, have four children: daughters Cathryn and Jaclyn, sons, Brian and Daniel.

  1. ajbus1 - Jan 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    So it was a lateral move for Callahan? Seems like a good hire but I wonder why he came here?

    • gurnblanstonreturns - Jan 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      Jerruh Jones neutered him last offseason by hiring Scott Linehan and handing Linehan the keys to the offense. Callahan was OC in name only. Then Jerruh rushes to sign Linehan to a new deal after Callahan’s line provided the franchise’s single-season record to DeMarco Murray and gave the Golden Boy the best protection he has ever enjoyed in Dallas. Callahan may be a bit upset about all that.

      • ajbus1 - Jan 15, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        That makes sense. I forgot he was the OC/play caller before this year.

      • captblood3000 - Jan 15, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        That makes this hire doubly welcome.

  2. DnellDC - Jan 15, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    This is awesome!

  3. gurnblanstonreturns - Jan 15, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Combined with comments by Scot McClouhan, this hiring bodes well for a return to a power running game. The draft and free agency can focus on obtaining the really big men necessary to leave the fancy dance of Shanny’s zone scheme behind. Yet another real football decision this offseason? Now there is noise that the Skins may hire Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator. Can it be true? Are the Skins finally really “winning off the field” in ways that will lead to some victories on the field?

  4. bowlregard - Jan 15, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Left out the fact that as head coach of the Raiders he took them to the super bowl. That is where he met up with one Jon Gruden.

    • ajbus1 - Jan 15, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      “Capturing the 2002 AFC Championship” implies that. I’ll add that it was Gruden’s Raiders that he took there.

  5. dcfaninecuador - Jan 16, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Hmmmm… Maybe that “we’re winning off the field” statement wasn’t as stupid as it sounded

  6. skinsgame - Jan 16, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    When did the Redskins fire/dump the old O line coach???

    • rhinochaserdesign - Jan 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      Chris Foerrester was granted permission to interview for the Giants, I think. Maybe that gives the Skins a chance to look elsewhere as well.

  7. rhinochaserdesign - Jan 16, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Rich Tandler,

    Don’t you think McCloughan has ties to Fangio? I’d think so, right?
    What is the likeliness of this scenerio:

    Bruce Allen is here in DC interviewing for new DC position. McCloughan is in Tampa for the East West game. News breaks of Washington hiring Barry. McCloughan thinks a Barry hiring is batsh*t crazy and flexes some of his new powers. Decides that the Skins need someone who has run a top 10 defense the last 4 years – the someone who was the ran the worst defense in the league (maybe worst ever.) And Bruce is all, “Hey but i KNOW Barry. He’s a good GUY”. And McCloughan is like, “Yeah Bruce, um, football isn’t Facebook. It’s FOOTBALL” And Bruce is like “I don’t get it”. And McCloughan is all, “Yeah I know”.

    And then McCloughan snatches a fantastic O-Line coach from our arch rivals and is like “Yeah, how you like dem apples”

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