The Cleveland Browns officially announced that they’re hired Bill Callahan as their offensive line coach on Thursday.
“I’ve always thought the world of him as a coach. His reputation precedes him,” Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said. “He coaches his guys hard, he’s fair, he’s a disciplinarian, he’s a teacher. I think he’s able to do all those things and he’s a man of high, high integrity.”
“The Cleveland Browns organization historically is one of the richest in football. The tradition and what it stands for, it means a lot to me,” Callahan said. “Growing up as a coach, I was a West Coast Offense advocate and read all the information and stories about Paul Brown and Bill Walsh and how it arrived with Cleveland. That was always appealing to me and interesting as well and helped me as a coach.
“I was in Philadelphia when I first came into the league. There was a general manager there by the name of John Wooten. He’d shared a lot of his thoughts and feelings about the organization and his playing days here in Cleveland. It resonated with me on a lot of different levels.”
The Browns also hired Callie Brownson as their Chief of Staff.
Callahan, 63, began his coaching career as an assistant at Illinois back in 1980. He later took his first NFL coaching job with the Eagles as their offensive line coach in 1995.
The Raiders hired Callahan as their head coach in 2002 and he spent two years in the role before being fired after the 2003 season. From there, he had brief stints with Nebraska, the Jets and Cowboys before the Redskins hired him as their offensive line coach in 2015. He was promoted to interim head coach after Washington fired Jay Gruden.
Under Callahan, the Redskins were 3-8 (27.3 percent) this season.