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Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Bill Callahan

Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Bill Callahan

With Sean McVay headed west to Los Angeles, the Redskins are widely expected to look internally for his replacement as the offensive coordinator. A prime candidate will be offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who has 37 years of experience as a coach.

Before becoming an NFL coordinator: Callahan spent his first 15 years in coaching working at the college level as an assistant coach and coaching the offensive line. He worked at Illinois, Northern Arizona, Southern Illinois, and Wisconsin. In 1995 he moved up to the NFL as the Eagles’ offensive line coach. In 1998 fellow Eagles assistant coach Jon Gruden was hired as the Raiders’ head coach and the brought Callahan along with him as the offensive coordinator.  

Note: If you want more complete stats on Callahan’s offenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

1998 Raiders (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 4,815 (18th), points 356 (22nd), turnovers 43 (29th), 3rd down 31.6% (27th), -24.2%, 29th)
Notable players: WR Tim Brown

The quarterback situation was a three-ring circus featuring Jeff George (7 starts), Donald Hollas (12), and Wade Wilson (3). They ran the ball fairly well, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt, fifth in the NFL, but they didn’t run often, with their 449 attempts ranking 21st in the NFL. (It should be noted that Gruden had a lot of say in the offense while he was head coach. The numbers and analysis are presented as is; the readers can form their own opinions)

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1999 Raiders (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,693 (5th), points 390 (8th), turnovers 29 (12th), 3rd down 39.1% (8th), DVOA 20.5% (2nd)
Notable players: QB Rich Gannon*, WR Brown*

It’s amazing what a capable quarterback, even one who is 34 years old and has been cast aside by three teams, including the Redskins, can make. Gannon stabilized the position and made his first Pro Bowl after 11 seasons in the NFL. The Raiders also had a good duo of running backs in Tyrone Wheatley (936 yards rushing) and Napoleon Kaufman (714).

2000 Raiders (12-4)

Rankings: Yards 5,776 (6th), points 479 (3rd), turnovers 20 (2nd), 3rd down 43.1% (5th), DVOA 17.3% (6th)
Notable players: QB Gannon*+, WR Brown, LG Steve Wisniewski*, RT Lincoln Kennedy*

The offense continued to hum, the defense improved, and the Raiders improved to 12-4. Gannon earned first-team All-Pro honors; he was the team’s second-leading rusher with 529 yards on scrambles and some designed runs. Wheatley and Kaufman continued to be productive on the ground and it added up to the Raiders having a top-five rushing attack.

2001 Raiders (10-6)

Rankings: Yards 5,361 (7th), points 399 (4th), turnovers 25 (8th), 3rd down 38.8% (11th), DVOA 18.0% (3rd)
Notable players: QB Gannon*, WR Brown*, WR Jerry Rice, OT Lincoln Kennedy*

The Raider continued to roll. Gannon made another Pro Bowl at age 36. Things were going so well that a 39-year-old Jerry Rice came in and had over 1,100 yards receiving. Oakland made it to the divisional round of the playoffs before the “Tuck Rule” did them in.

2002 Raiders (11-5)

Rankings: Yards 6,237 (1st), points 450 (2nd), turnovers 19 (4th), 3rd down 45.5% (2nd), DVOA 22.0% (2nd)
Notable players: QB Gannon*+, WR Brown, WR Rice*, C Barret Robbins*+, RT Kennedy*+

Gruden was traded to the Bucs and the Raiders promoted Callahan to head coach. The Raiders made it all the way to the Super Bowl with three All-Pros on offense. Charley Garner and Wheatley were a potent duo at running back and the 40-year-old Rice continued to impress. The fun ended when they met Gruden’s Bucs in the Super Bowl and were blown out.

2003 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 4,573 (25th), points 270 (26th), turnovers 26 (11th), 3rd down 30.4% (31st), DVOA -9.1% (24th)
Notable players: WR Rice, RT Kennedy

Many will say that the magic of Gruden lasted a year after he was gone and then it collapsed under Callahan. You could also say that age and injury caught up to Gannon, who started only seven games. In any case, Al Davis decided that he’d had enough of Callahan and fired him at the end of the season.

After getting fired by the Raiders, Callahan spent four seasons as the head coach at Nebraska. He then returned to the NFL as the offensive line coach/assistant head coach of the Jets until 2012, when the Cowboys hired him as their offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. As was the case in the days when Callahan was in Oakland with Gruden, it is debatable how much of the offensive results in Dallas are to be credited to or blamed on Jason Garrett. Again, the numbers are here to be interpreted as you see fit.

2012 Cowboys (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,994 (6th), points 376 (15th), turnovers 29 (25th), 3rd down 43.9% (5th), DVOA 6.1% (11th)
Notable players: QB Tony Romo, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten*

Romo was Romo, making some spectacular plays but also throwing key interceptions, including one at FedEx Field that locked up the division title for the Redskins. Bryant had a great year with 1,382 receiving yards. DeMarco Murry was productive when on the field but he played in only 10 games.

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2013 Cowboys (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,458 (16th), points 439 (5th), turnovers 20 (8th), 3rd down 35.0% (25th), DVOA 7.5% (11th)
Notable players: QB Romo, RB DeMarco Murray*, WR Bryant* TE Witten*, LT Tyron Smith*

Romo cut down on his interceptions, Murray stayed healthy and had his first career 1000-yard season, and Bryant had another stellar season. The issue in Dallas was that the defense, ranked 32nd, couldn’t stop anyone.

2014 Cowboys (12-4)

Rankings: Yards 6,138 (7th), points 467 (5th), turnovers 25 (20th), 3rd down 47.3% (2nd), DVOA 16.8% (4th)
Notable players: QB Romo*, RB Murray*+, WR Bryant*+, TE Witten*, LT Smith*+, C Travis Frederick*, RG Zack Martin*+

The Cowboys got their running game together with Murray rolling for 1,800 yards. Their draft investments in the offensive line paid off with two All-Pros. They looked like they were going places until the “Did Dez catch it?” game against the Packers (no, he didn’t, BTW). Just a few days after that game, Callahan accepted a position as the Redskins’ offensive line coach.

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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