The Cincinnati Bengals could be losing a key assistant this off-season.
NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero put out a list on Thursday of 22 coaches that could be on the move after the season. His list was compiled via “dozens of recent conversations with NFL executives, coaches, and others close to the search process”.
Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan was one of the coaches listed by Pelissero.
The son of longtime NFL coach Bill Callahan, Brian Callahan has paved his own path in the NFL, starting in Denver, where he forged a close relationship with Peyton Manning and was part of the Super Bowl 50-winning team as an offensive assistant. Zac Taylor, who brought Callahan to Cincinnati in 2019, calls the plays, but Callahan plays a big role in game planning. The Broncos interviewed him for their head coaching job last January and Callahan impressed.
It’s not “if” Callahan gets a head coaching job, it’s “when”.
The Bengals’ transformation from a non-playoff team to a Super Bowl contender has made Callahan an attractive option to teams needing a head coach.
Pelissero noted that Callahan interviewed with the Denver Broncos this past offseason. If the Broncos fire Nathaniel Hackett after just one season (which could happen), it’s certainly possible they could turn to Callahan.
Callahan was an assistant in Denver from 2010 to 2015, so he has plenty of connections.
The good news for the Bengals is that if Callahan gets hired away this offseason, there’s a perfect replacement for him.
Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach Joe Brady.
Brady and Joe Burrow were at LSU in 2019 and found an incredible amount of success together. The 2019 LSU team, which also included Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, was one of the best offenses we’ve ever seen in college football. Brady, who served as the passing game coordinator, was the architect of the Tigers’ revamped offense that season.
There’s no doubt that Burrow and Brady worked well together. And I’m sure they could pick up right they left off.
Losing Callahan would be unfortunate. But if Cincinnati continues to have success, it’s going to happen eventually. If they can get Brady to replace him, it would likely mean the Bengals don’t miss a beat without Callahan.
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