Former Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan has interviewed for the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator position, a league source confirmed to TitanInsider.com.
Callahan met new Titans head coach Mike Vrabel about the position at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and the interview process apparently went well, per the source.
Callahan is also reportedly on the radar of the New York Jets to potentially be their offensive coordinator as well.
The Titans and Vrabel are looking for an offensive coordinator who can help put quarterback Marcus Mariota in a system where he can thrive, after he regressed in 2017 under the second year of tutelage from head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, both of whom were fired at season’s end.
Callahan was the Lions’ quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, playing a part in the offensive system that helped Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to flourish in recent years.
Callahan, the son of former Oakland Raiders head coach and long-time respected offensive line coach Bill Callahan, spent six years on the Denver Broncos’ staff before joining the Lions two years ago.
Previously, the Lions had rebuffed opportunities for Callahan to interview for offensive coordinator positions. However, he was let go by the club in recent days, and figures to be a hot name on the open market as an assistant coach or coordinator.
Per reports, which Vrabel confirmed in a conversation with the teams website from the Senior Bowl, Ryan Day had been the first candidate the Titans had spoken to about the offensive coordinator position. However, he elected to remain at Ohio State, where he reportedly received a raise and promotion.
Also, James Bettcher, previously of the Arizona Cardinals, was reported to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position, but instead opted to take the same position on Pat Shurmur’s staff with the New York Giants.