The Tennessee Titans have scheduled a second (in-person) interview with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan for their vacant head coaching position, according to a report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Per source, the Titans have contacted Bengals OC Brian Callahan to schedule a second (and in-person) interview for their head coach position. Callahan did a virtual interview last week. In-person interviews can’t start til next week. Titans still wrapping up virtuals this week.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 17, 2024
The Titans interviewed Callahan virtually last week. Scheduling an in-person interview with Callahan suggests he’s emerged as an early finalist. It’s worth acknowledging that the Titans are approximately just midway through conducting virtual interviews with the 10 candidates they’ve identified. General manager Ran Carthon will request a few more in-person interviews with whoever else emerges as finalists. This by no means makes Callahan a favorite to land the job.
It’s also worth noting that Callahan is receiving interest elsewhere. Callahan will interview virtually for the Carolina Panthers opening on Thursday morning, also according to Graziano. The Titans have some competition for Callahan’s candidacy.
Callahan has been Zac Taylor’s offensive coordinator with the Bengals since 2019. Callahan doesn’t call plays, but he’s critical to installing the offense, red-zone packages, scheme, and more. This past season, Callahan did an excellent job helping the Bengals navigate through Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury. Jake Browning performed admirably, completing 171-of-243 passing attempts (70.4%) for 1,936 yards, 12 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in nine regular-season appearances.