Thursday, February 10, 2011
Jets stiff-arm Titans over Bill Callahan
By Tim Graham
The New York Jets won't let a conference opponent cherry-pick their coaching staff for an offensive coordinator.
The Jets already have announced they're keeping Brian Schottenheimer around, and they've spurned a team's request to speak to another assistant about becoming a coordinator.
ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton reports the Tennessee Titans approached the Jets about offensive line coach Bill Callahan filling their coordinator vacancy. The Jets declined because Callahan is under contract.
Callahan has overseen one of the NFL's best offensive lines the past three seasons. The Jets feature All-Pro center Nick Mangold and Pro Bowl left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Right guard Brandon Moore and right tackle Damien Woody are highly respected in the league.
Clayton, citing an unnamed source, said Callahan would like to be a coordinator again to enhance his allure as a future head coach candidate. Callahan was Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator for four years before being promoted to head coach in 2002. He became the fourth first-year head coach to take his team to the Super Bowl.
Callahan lasted only two seasons in Oakland. He became head coach at Nebraska and introduced the West Coast offense to a traditional ground-and-pound program.
Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh also has significant coordinator experience. He handled play-calling duties for the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and the University of Pittsburgh.