Bengals’ Brian Callahan again raised as head coach candidate

For what feels like a few years now, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan has been highlighted as a younger head coach candidate to know.

In the past, some of that has been simple connecting the dots alongside some thoughts from those around league itself.

And it’s a topic coming up again as Callahan has made the annual rising coaches to watch list from NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero:

“Bengals OC Brian Callahan, 38: The son of longtime NFL coach Bill Callahan, Brian Callahan has paved his own path in the NFL, starting in Denver, where he forged a close relationship with Peyton Manning and was part of the Super Bowl 50-winning team as an offensive assistant. Zac Taylor, who brought Callahan to Cincinnati in 2019, calls the plays, but Callahan plays a big role in game planning. The Broncos interviewed him for their head coaching job last January and Callahan impressed.”

Callahan, 38, started as an assistant in Denver in 2010 and joined the Bengals in 2019 under Zac Taylor.

While the Bengals keep things vague as to the collaboration that produces the actual schemes and play-calling on a down-to-down basis, Callahan’s work with Joe Burrow will likely keep him on lists like these for the foreseeable future.

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Story originally appeared on Bengals Wire