Despite a rough time at Nebraska, new Jets coach Bill Callahan is a respected NFL assistant.
The Jets reached agreement with former Nebraska and Oakland Raiders Head Coach Bill Callahan as an assistant head coach/offense on Friday.
Callahan comes off being fired by the University of Nebraska last month where he finished a four year term and a 5-7 season this past fall. Prior to Nebraska he was the head coach of the Raiders in 2002-2003 where he led Oakland to the Superbowl his first season, a loss to the Buccaneers.
Callahan has a good reputation as an offensive assistant with an expertise on the offensive line and the running game, two areas where the Jets had a lot of problems last season. He will work on improving these areas and itís even possible he could take over for current Jets offensive line coach Tony Wise, who has been rumored to be on the chopping block.
There was talk that Callahan could be a replacement for offensive coordinator Brian Shottenheimer, who had a second interview with the Ravens for their head coaching position this week, however the job was given late last night to Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh.
In a statement released by the team, Head coach Eric Mangini praised the 31 year coaching veteran. "Bill brings valuable experience as an assistant coach and head coach on both the college and NFL levels," said Mangini. "His expertise with the running game and with protections will be a big asset. I look forward to adding him to our staff."