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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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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.

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Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

The Redskins gave up 40 points and more than 400 yards in a loss to the Giants last Sunday, and that was without Odell Beckham suited up for New York. 

The Redskins have lost four straight games, and five of six, while giving up more than 30 points three times. 

The Redskins surrendered more than 200 rushing yards to the Giants, and have not held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in their last six games. 

You get the idea. 

After the Washington defense got out to an impressive start to the season, things have fallen apart down the stretch.

Despite the struggles, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has no intention of shaking up his coaching staff.

"No. Not really," Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast when asked about any coaching changes. 

As the Redskins struggle and lose their grip on a playoff spot, it's not unheard of to think some staff changes might be coming. The Panthers fired two defensive assistants last weekend, and as the NFL season approaches the finish line, more coaches will lose their jobs. 

In Washington though, it seems the staff is safe. Still, the Giants loss stings. 

The Redskins' offense has been decimated by injuries, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line. There was some leeway for a loss to New York, but not when the home team got down 40-0 to a 4-8 Giants team. 

That type of deficit brings questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about effort.

On Sunday, Gruden made clear he understands his future is week to week.

"We have a game to win next week in Jacksonville," the coach said. "We have to go about trying to find a way to do it."

On Monday, he made clear his assistants are safe. As far as he is concerned anyway. 

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