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Report: Cleveland Browns ‘are expected to hire’ Bill Callahan as offensive line coach

Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski reportedly has begun building up his coaching staff with the hiring of a veteran leader in Bill Callahan.

CLEVELAND — New Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has had quite the busy first week on the job, what with playing a role in the search for the team’s next general manager to building out his coaching staff and scouting players participating in the 2020 Senior Bowl.

While the Browns have yet to pick a general manager, Stefanski appears to be building up his staff, starting with adding a former head coach in Bill Callahan.

“The Browns are expected to hire Bill Callahan to coach their offensive line, sources say,” NFL Network and NFL.com reporter Tom Pelissero posted to Twitter Monday. “Important addition of a former head coach for Kevin Stefanski’s staff.”

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Callahan brings with him to Cleveland 21 years of coaching experience in the National Football League, including a two-year run as a head coach of the Oakland Raiders (2002-2003) and an in an interim role for much of the 2019 season after Washington dismissed Jay Gruden.

Additionally, Callahan has 19 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including a four-year stint as head coach at the University of Nebraska (2004-2007).

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In his NFL career, Callahan has served as an offensive coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (1995-1997), offensive coordinator/coach of the Raiders (1998-2001, 2002-2003), assistant head coach/offensive line coach of the New York Jets (2008-2011), offensive coordinator and offensive line coach of the Dallas Cowboys (2012-2014) and Washington’s offensive line coach (2015-2017), as well as assistant head coach and offensive line coach (2017-2019).

As an NFL head coach, Callahan posted a 20-26 record (.435 winning percentage), but was 2-1 in postseason play with the Raiders, whom he led to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. It was Oakland’s only Super Bowl appearance in their second tenure in Oakland.

News of Callahan’s hire comes on the heels of losing offensive coordinator Todd Monken to the same role at the University of Georgia and the reported departure of wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who is expected to join the Cowboys’ coaching staff with similar responsibilities to his two-year tenure in Cleveland.

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