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Titans head coaching search: Tennessee reportedly requests interview with Bengals OC Brian Callahan

The first known candidate in the Tennessee Titans’ search for Mike Vrabel’s successor

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The Tennessee Titans are reportedly expected to request an interview with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan to fill their head coaching vacancy, sources confirmed to Music City Miracles. The Titans are expected to cast a wide net while searching for Mike Vrabel’s successor. Callahan is the first known candidate.

The 39-year-old Callahan has been Zac Taylor’s offensive coordinator since 2019, Taylor’s first year on the job. Throughout that tenure, Taylor has done a terrific job helping develop No. 1 overall quarterback Joe Burrow. Callahan arguably did his most impressive work this season, after Burrow suffered a season-ending injury.

Undrafted fourth-year quarterback Jake Browning performed admirably in Burrow’s place, surpassing everyone’s expectations. In nine regular-season appearances, Browning completed 171-of-243 passing attempts (70.4%) for 1,936 yards, 12 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Browning averaged 215.1 passing yards per contest.

This season, the Bengals finished 22nd in total yardage per game (318.9), 15th in passing yards (229.1), 31st in rushing yards (89.8) and 16th in points scored (21.5). Those numbers vary from average to impressive considering Burrow’s absence. The Bengals have routinely fielded an effective offense throughout Callahan’s tenure.

Callahan began his coaching journey as an assistant with the Denver Broncos in 2010. He stayed in Denver through various roles until 2015, and then became Matt Stafford’s quarterbacks coach with the Detroit Lions. He later joined the then-Oakland Raiders in 2018 in the same role before Taylor plucked him away in 2019.

Callahan is the son of elite offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who is still coaching with the Cleveland Browns.