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Titans to Name Bengals Offensive Coordinator Brian Callahan as New Head Coach - WDEF

Tennessee Titans hire Brian Callahan as head coach, replacing Mike Vrabel. Callahan has experience and helped develop Bengals' quarterback Joe Burrow.

The Tennessee Titans are making a big change in their coaching staff, as they have decided to hire Brian Callahan, the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, as their new head coach. This decision comes after the firing of Mike Vrabel, who had been the Titans' head coach for six seasons and struggled in his final 24 games.

Callahan, who is just 39 years old, had his virtual interview with the Titans on January 12th, and was the first of 10 candidates to speak with the team. After an in-person interview on Monday, the Titans made the decision to hire him. This move makes Callahan the third coach to be hired since the end of the season, following Jerod Mayo's promotion in New England and the Raiders' decision to elevate their interim coach, Antonio Pierce.

With 14 years of NFL experience, Callahan has been the Bengals' offensive coordinator since 2019 and is credited with helping the development of quarterback Joe Burrow. Now, he will have the opportunity to work with Will Levis, the quarterback the Titans selected with the 33rd overall pick in last year's draft.

The Titans have high hopes for Levis, who took over as the starting quarterback after Ryan Tannehill was sidelined with an injury. They also hold the seventh overall pick in the upcoming draft and have the third-most salary cap space in the NFL, giving them the resources to build a strong team around their new coach and quarterback.

Callahan's success with the Bengals, including guiding backup quarterback Jake Browning to a winning record, has made him a popular candidate in head coaching searches. His experience as a quarterback at UCLA and his coaching roles with other NFL teams have prepared him for this new leadership position with the Titans.

The Titans considered several other candidates for the head coaching role, including former Stanford head coach David Shaw, defensive coordinators Dan Quinn, Aaron Glenn, and Mike Macdonald, and offensive coordinators Thomas Brown, Mike Kafka, and Brian Johnson. However, they ultimately decided that Callahan was the best fit for the team.

The Titans have high expectations for Callahan and are eager to see how he will lead the team in the upcoming seasons. With his expertise and experience, they believe he is the right person to guide them to success.

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