It seems more likely than not that Bill Callahan’s tenure with the Cowboys is over.
The offensive coordinator/ line coach for the past three seasons is reportedly getting interest from several teams to become their offensive coordinator with play-calling duties included, something he would like to pursue, according to a source.
The Cowboys would like to keep the veteran coach, but aren’t going to give him back the play-calling duties he desires to have. Teams such as Cleveland and Jacksonville, though, have expressed in interesting in doing just that to land Callahan.
Callahan came to the Cowboys for the 2012 season as offensive coordinator/ line coach, but coach Jason Garrett called plays that season. In 2013, Callahan took over those responsibilities. However, the Cowboys stripped him of those responsibilities last offseason by giving them to passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan.
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Callahan wanted to go elsewhere to call plays, but the Cowboys blocked him from doing so.
So Callahan stayed on board and continued to develop what has become one of the top offensive lines in the NFL.
His work didn’t go unnoticed, as Garrett praised him throughout the season and at his season-ending news conference Tuesday.
“Bill did a fantastic job,” Garrett said. “Bill is a great football coach. I just thought he did a great job with that offensive line. He and the offensive staff did a fantastic job with the running game. Bill is the architect of it, but the contributions by Frank Pollack, Mike Pope and Gary Brown, that was a big piece to the puzzle for us.”
If Callahan departs, a candidate to take over the offensive line duties would be Pollack, the assistant O-line coach. Pollack has 10 years coaching experience, spending the past two seasons with the Cowboys.