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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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10 Questions in 10 Days: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

10 Questions in 10 Days: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No. 6: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?

No. 5: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

No rookie draft pick excited the Redskins fan base like Derrius Guice since Robert Griffin III came to Washington back in 2012. That's a fact. 

Guice slipped during the draft to near the end of the second round, a position much too late for a player with his talent. Rumors emerged that he had character issues, but in the months since April's selection, they seem unfounded. In quick time, Guice has emerged as a Redskins fan favorite and has performed plenty of charitable acts.

So, moving past the erroneous off-field questions, it's time to manage expectations for what Guice can do on the field. 

DJ Swearinger recently said he expects Guice to make the Pro Bowl and rush for more than 1,000 yards. As a rookie. (Listen here)

That's not unheard of, last year rookie Kareem Hunt led the NFL in rush yards. In 2016, Ezekiel Elliott did the same thing. Rookie running backs can step in and produce right away in the NFL, unlike some positions that usually bring more of a learning curve. 

Can Guice do that?

The first and most important questions will be health and durability. Guice dealt with lingering knee injuries last year at LSU, and the Redskins will need him fully healthy. A 1,000-yard season is not unrealistic if Guice plays a full 16-game season. It would require rushing for about 65 yards-per-game. 

The bigger key is opportunities. 

How many carries will Guice log in 2018? Early on in the season, Guice might still be learning pass protection in the Redskins scheme, and Jay Gruden will not tolerate missed assignments that result in big hits on QB Alex Smith.

If Guice can lock in on blitz pickup, 200 carries seems reasonable. Remember that Chris Thompson will still be a featured part of the Redskins offense, and Rob Kelley will get chances too. 

Last season, Samaje Perine led all rushers with 175 carries. He didn't do much with the chances, averaging just 3.4 yards-per-carry. Kelley had 62 carries before injuries shut his season down after parts of seven games. 

Combine Perine and Kelley's carries, and then things start to get interesting. With 230 carries, at an average of 4 yards a pop, Guice starts to approach 1,000 yards.

One problem with extrapolating too much data from last season is the crazy amount of variables. Late in the year, with Perine largely ineffective and a very beat up offensive line, the Redskins simply couldn't produce on the ground. In their last five games of 2017, the Redskins never rushed for more than 100 yards. They averaged just 60 yards-per-game on the ground during that stretch, including a season low 31 rush yards against Arizona in December. 

The line can't be that beat up again, right?

Guice has to be able to deliver more than Perine, right?

If the answers to those questions are yes, then a 1,000-yard season seems possible for Guice in 2018. 

One misnomer from the Redskins 2017 campaign emerged that Washington simply did not run the ball well or enough. In fact, early in the year when the Redskins looked like a possible playoff team, they ran the ball quite well. In three of the first four games, Washington went over 100 yards on the ground, including 229 rush yards in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Guice might get to 1,000 yards in 2018. It's no sure thing, and there are plenty of variables, but it's possible. That hasn't happened in Washington since Alfred Morris, and would be a very welcome sight. 

The rookie runner has invigorated the Redskins faithful, and that's before he even steps on the field. If Guice can produce, the fans will go crazy.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 21, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

How the addition of Alexander affects the Redskins' DB depth chart—Adonis Alexander was brought into the NFL about a week and a half ago and in five days he’ll be on the practice field in Richmond. How much will missing OTAs and minicamp hurt him in comparison to, say, his former Hokie teammate Greg Stroman? I think that the plan is for this to be a “redshirt” year for Alexander to learn. But that was supposed to be the plan for Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chase Roullier last year and both ended up playing key snaps. 

Can the Redskins defensive line live up to its potential? Many NFL fans don’t appreciate the value of having a good defensive line. Redskins fans are not in that group because they have seen what you get when you try to build a defensive line with over-the-hill veteran free agents, low draft picks, and undrafted players. Fans will value the talent, youth, and depth on the 2018 D-line.  

10 Questions in 10 days: LB depth chart—This is another area where the Redskins have not invested much in recent seasons. At least this year they stepped up and re-signed starters Mason Foster and Zach Brown. They are the present. Are Shaun Dion Hamilton and Josh Harvey-Clemons the future? 

The pass rush must continue to be a strength for the Redskins—With the picture at the cornerback position is somewhat murky right now, the pass rush will be critical, especially in the early going. The outside linebackers lost a key reserve, putting the burden on Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan to continue to get pressure on Ryan Anderson to take a leap forward in his second season. 

Tweet of the week

Well, this tweet did sort of stir things up as did some of the things that Cousins said in an article by Dan Pompei on the Bleacher Report. The thing about Twitter is that there is no room for nuance. I was labeled a Kirk “hater” by some. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. On multiple occasions, I urged the team to sign him long term and highlighted the positive aspects of his play. 

But this thing about not having a “platform” to lead always struck me as a cop-out. Cousins talked about it during some press conferences while he was here. The length of your contract should not prevent you from embracing a leadership role. You’re getting paid to lead, just do it. Few in leadership positions in business or in the military know where they will be a year from now. They embrace the role while they have it and Cousins should have done the same. 

The fact that I don’t like this one aspect of Cousins doesn’t mean that I don’t like him overall. He’s a good quarterback and I think he will have success with the Vikings. I think that the price got to be too much for the Redskins and the decision to move on to Alex Smith was sound or at least the best they could do after it became apparent that he was not going to sign here. But it’s not all one or the other. It is possible to see the positive and negative of Cousins. 

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Timeline

Mike Sellers, whose seven receiving touchdowns in 2005 were the most by a Redskins running back since the merger, was born on this date in 1975.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 5
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 19
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 42

The Redskins last played a game 202 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 50 days. 

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