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Coaches

Bill Callahan
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
College:
Benedictine University
Hometown:
Chicago
Experience:
19

Bill Callahan enters his third season with the Redskins in 2017 after initially joining the organization as the team's offensive line coach on January 15, 2015.

Callahan is entering his 19th NFL season in 2017 as part of a career that includes head coaching stints at both the pro and collegiate levels as well as the 2002 AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. Entering 2017, Callahan has been a member of an offensive staff that finished in the Top 5 in the NFL in rushing or passing 11 times, including a No. 1 overall finish in rushing twice (2000, 2009) and passing once (2002). Callahan has had 12 offensive linemen combine for 25 Pro Bowl selections during his career.

In the team's first two seasons under Callahan from 2015-16, the Redskins allowed 50 total sacks after allowing 58 sacks in the 2014 season alone.

Callahan's unit helped guide the Redskins to a record-setting offensive campaign in 2016. Powered in part by Callahan's offensive line, the Redskins set single-season team records in yards per game (403.4), yards per play (6.40), net passing yards (4,758), completions (407), passing first downs (226) and 500-yard games (three). The blocking and protection afforded by the unit allowed eight different Redskins players to finish the season with at least 500 yards from scrimmage, tying the 2011 New Orleans Saints for the most in a single season in NFL history.

Bill Callahan enters his third season with the Redskins in 2017 after initially joining the organization as the team's offensive line coach on January 15, 2015.

Callahan is entering his 19th NFL season in 2017 as part of a career that includes head coaching stints at both the pro and collegiate levels as well as the 2002 AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. Entering 2017, Callahan has been a member of an offensive staff that finished in the Top 5 in the NFL in rushing or passing 11 times, including a No. 1 overall finish in rushing twice (2000, 2009) and passing once (2002). Callahan has had 12 offensive linemen combine for 25 Pro Bowl selections during his career.

In the team's first two seasons under Callahan from 2015-16, the Redskins allowed 50 total sacks after allowing 58 sacks in the 2014 season alone.

Callahan's unit helped guide the Redskins to a record-setting offensive campaign in 2016. Powered in part by Callahan's offensive line, the Redskins set single-season team records in yards per game (403.4), yards per play (6.40), net passing yards (4,758), completions (407), passing first downs (226) and 500-yard games (three). The blocking and protection afforded by the unit allowed eight different Redskins players to finish the season with at least 500 yards from scrimmage, tying the 2011 New Orleans Saints for the most in a single season in NFL history.

The Redskins allowed 23 sacks in 2016, fourth-fewest in the NFL and tied for the seventh-fewest in team history since the league adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. The 2016 season also resulted in the fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection for tackle Trent Williams and the first career Pro Bowl nod for guard Brandon Scherff. The dual selections marked the first time the Redskins had multiple offensive linemen selected to the Pro Bowl in the same season since 1991 (tackle Jim Lachey and guard Mark Schlereth).

In his first year in Washington in 2015, Callahan was frequently credited for the largest year-over-year decline in sacks allowed in team history. A year after allowing 58 sacks in 2014, the Redskins held opponents to 27 sacks in Callahan’s debut campaign in 2015. The 31-sack turnaround was the largest in team history since the NFL began recognizing sacks as an official statistic in 1982, surpassing the 30-sack decrease between the 1998-99 seasons. The performance of the line as a unit helped garner Pro Bowl honors for Williams and PFWA All-Rookie honors for Scherff.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Callahan served as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2012-14 and helped guide the franchise to its first NFC East title since 2009 in his final season. In 2014, the Cowboys finished second in the NFL in rushing (147.1) with running back DeMarco Murray leading the league in rushing and setting a Dallas franchise record with 1,845 yards. Callahan had two offensive linemen named to The Associated Press’ 2014 All-Pro team (tackle Tyron Smith and guard Zack Martin) and had another (center Travis Frederick) selected with Smith and Martin to the Pro Bowl.

Callahan served as assistant head coach/offensive line coach of the New York Jets from 2008-11. During his four-year tenure with the Jets, the offense ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards per game (137.9) across those four seasons and appeared in two consecutive AFC Championship games (2009-10). In his four seasons, Callahan coached three offensive linemen to nine Pro Bowl appearances (Nick Mangold, 4; D’Brickashaw Ferguson, 3; and Alan Faneca, 2) and helped Mangold earn AP All-Pro honors in the 2009-10 seasons.

Prior to his time in New York, Callahan served as head coach at the University of Nebraska from 2004-07, leading the Cornhuskers to a Big 12 Conference Championship Game appearance in 2006 and two bowl invitations in his four seasons.

Callahan spent six seasons with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2003, serving as offensive coordinator for four years before becoming the 13th head coach in Raiders history from 2001-02. In 2002, Oakland’s offense set a team record for total offense with an NFL-best 6,237 yards and led the NFL in passing yards (4,689) en route to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. He became the fourth rookie head coach in NFL history to earn a Super Bowl berth.

Before joining the Raiders, Callahan coached the offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-97. His unit helped the Eagles rank second in the NFC in passing, fifth in rushing and third in total offense in 1997. Prior to joining the Eagles, Callahan accrued 15 seasons of coaching experience in various capacities at Illinois (1980-86), Northern Arizona (1987-88), Southern Illinois (1989) and Wisconsin (1990-94).

Callahan started at quarterback for three seasons (1975-77) at Illinois Benedictine (lisle, Ill.) where he earned honorable-mention All-America honors in 1976 and 1977 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1978. In 2004, he was inducted into the Benedictine University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Callahan was born in Chicago, where he attended Mendel Catholic H.S. He and his wife, Valerie, have four children: daughters Cathryn and Jaclyn, and sons Brian and Daniel. His son, Brian, now serves as the quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions.

CALLAHAN FOOTBALL HISTORY

1975-77: Quarterback, Benedictine (Ill.)

1978: Assistant Coach, Oak Lawn H.S. (Ill.)

1979: Assistant Coach, De La Salle H.S. (Ill.)

1980-81: Associate Coach, Illinois

1982-83: Special Teams/Tight Ends Coach, Illinois

1984-85: Offensive Line Coach, Illinois

1986: Quarterbacks Coach, Illinois

1987-88: Offensive Line Coach, Northern Arizona

1989: Offensive Coordinator, Southern Illinois

1990-94: Offensive Line Coach, Wisconsin

1995-97: Offensive Line Coach, Philadelphia Eagles

1998: Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Oakland Raiders

1999-2001: Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line Coach, Oakland Raiders

2002-03: Head Coach, Oakland Raiders

2004-07: Head Coach, Nebraska

2008-11: Assistant Head Coach/Off. Line Coach, New York Jets

2012-14: Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line Coach, Dallas Cowboys

2015-2016: Offensive Line Coach, Washington Redskins

2017: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive line coach, Washington Redskins

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