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Titans Expected to Sign Bengals’ OC, Brian Callahan as New Head Coach

Brian Callahan Proved His Worth by Developing Joe Burrow Into a Superstar, but Is He Ready to Be the Main Man?

Titans Expected to Sign Bengals’ OC, Brian Callahan as New Head Coach
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan looks on as Joe Burrow #9 | Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

New Beginning 😅

It’s hard to see how this could be an upgrade over Mike Vrabel…

The New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders were the first to make head coaching hires as the Pats promoted Jerod Mayo and the Raiders gave the full-time job to Antonio Pierce. However, we finally have the first team to make an external hire.

According to the latest NFL news and NFL rumors, the Tennessee Titans are hiring Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan as their next head coach. Callahan has been a popular name during this cycle and finally gets a chance to run a team.

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He spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Bengals but hasn’t been the primary play-caller in NFL games as head coach Zac Taylor handles most of that. However, Callahan deserves a lot of credit for the development of star quarterback Joe Burrow and for helping the team stay afloat with Jake Browning after Burrow got hurt.


Before joining the Bengals, Callahan was a quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions and Raiders. He’s been coaching in the NFL since 2010. Notably, he is the son of former Raiders head coach and current Cleveland Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Football is definitely in his DNA.


While I like Callahan and think he could be a good head coach, it’s hard to see how this could be an upgrade over Mike Vrabel. I understand moving on from the coach if you’re gonna go after a big name like Bill Belichick or Jim Harbaugh but replacing him with an offensive coordinator who hasn’t called plays is risky.


Now, it could be a risk that pays off. The NFL favors offense right now and most of the best teams have offensive head coaches. Out of the four teams left in the playoffs right now, three of them have head coaches with offensive backgrounds. This could be a stroke of genius by the Titans but they’re going to look bad if Callahan fails and Vrabel does well with whoever he ends up with.


The next big head coaching news to drop will probably involve Harbaugh and Belichick. However, the Falcons seem to be the only team super invested in Belichick but that feeling may not be mutual. If Atlanta doesn’t hire him, I have a hard time seeing where the right fit is.

Harbaugh is probably going to the Chargers and I don’t think Seattle wants anything to do with the Patriot Way. Maybe the Panthers or Commanders will get involved but they seem keen on adding younger coaches. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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