Colts Request HC Interview with Reigning AFC Champion OC

Colts Request HC Interview with Reigning AFC Champion OC


Colts common supervisor Chris Ballard continues to guide the seek for the staff’s subsequent head coach.

The Indianapolis Colts continued the seek for their subsequent head coach on January 19 by requesting to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan. NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero was the first to report the information by way of Twitter and likewise posted an interview with Callahan to social media.

Callahan has reaped the advantages as Bengals offensive coordinator, serving to lead the staff to a Tremendous Bowl look in 2022.

Since arriving in Cincinnati 2019, the Bengals’ offense has rotated utterly.

In 2019 and 2020, the Bengals offense completed No. 30 and No. 29 in factors scored per sport, respectively. The previous two seasons, Cincinnati completed No. 7.

Callahan has seemingly picked up a breadth of information from his father, Invoice, who presently coaches the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line. Invoice Callahan has been an NFL coach for twenty-four years, together with two as a full-time head coach (2002-2003 with the Oakland Raiders) and one interim stint (2019 with Washington). In 2003, he reached the Tremendous Bowl.

Callahan’s 13-Yr Teaching Profession

Beginning his teaching profession with the Denver Broncos in 2010 as an assistant, Callahan moved his method as much as an offensive high quality management coach for the subsequent two seasons. Through the 2013-2015 seasons, Callahan grew to become a Broncos offensive assistant, reaching two Tremendous Bowls and successful one in 2016.

For 4 seasons in Denver, the quarterback Callahan constructed a relationship with was none aside from Colts legend Peyton Manning. Throughout Pelissero’s interview posted to Twitter, a clip of Manning talking extremely of Callahan was featured.

“I point out Brian Callahan as a result of he has been big for me this 12 months,” Manning stated earlier than the 2016 Tremendous Bowl. “He’s gonna be a prime offensive coordinator, possibly head coach like his dad in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future.”

A part of Manning’s prediction turned out to be appropriate, as Callahan has already checked the field of changing into a Tremendous Bowl-caliber offensive coordinator. With a mutual respect for Manning, Callahan stated the Corridor of Fame quarterback helped propel his teaching profession.

“I beloved going to work there on daily basis, attending to be in that [Broncos] quarterback room,” Callahan stated in Pelissero’s interview. “There was nothing higher. I’m very appreciative of the time that he (Manning) spent with me, he invested in my profession to a point as effectively.”

From 2016-2017, Callahan moved on to work as a quarterbacks coach beneath Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell (who additionally coached the Colts from 2009-2011). He then spent 2018 with the Oakland Raiders in the identical function earlier than touchdown in Cincinnati.

“Good gamers make good coaches,” Callahan stated. “To be round Matthew [Stafford] in Detroit, to be round Derek [Carr] in now Las Vegas, then time with Peyton after which right here, clearly, with Joe [Burrow] has been an actual blessing. Most guys can go their entire profession and never be round these kinds of gamers and I’ve been capable of be round fairly a couple of of them.”

Callahan’s Teaching Philosophy

Within the interview with Pelissero, Callahan stated he emphasizes approach and prefers to develop gamers hands-on.

“It’s about giving guys data and instruments to go do their job to the perfect of their capacity and also you attempt to give them data that they’ll digest, instruments that they’ll use and actually attempting to develop the participant to allow them to have success,” Callahan instructed Pelissero.

Callahan additionally stated he enjoys recognizing his gamers’ accomplishments, which motivates him to proceed educating others in a hands-on vogue.

“That’s what’s enjoyable about teaching, is (the) data you’ve given or approach you’ve offered made the distinction in making a play or not making a play,” Callahan stated. “You get excited for these guys after they get an opportunity to do it.”

Solely time will inform to see if Callahan will get the chance to do it subsequent as a head coach. The Colts’ request to talk with Callahan isn’t the primary time he’s been requested to interview for a head teaching emptiness, nonetheless.

Final offseason, the Denver Broncos carried out an interview with him however finally employed ex-Inexperienced Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired in late December.