Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
Bill Callahan joined the Dallas Cowboys on January 12, 2012 taking over the offensive line following the retirement of Hudson Houck. Callahan begins his 14th year in the NFL and first with the Cowboys after serving as the Assistant Head Coach and offensive line coach for four years with the N.Y. Jets.
In his four seasons with the Jets, Callahan coached three players along the offensive line to nine Pro Bowl appearances (Nick Mangold-4, Alan Faneca-2, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson-3) and one player to AP all-Pro honors (Nick Mangold - 2009, 2010).
Coach Callahan followed up a N.Y. Jets club record-setting 2009 season by designing a scheme that recorded the club's fourth-best single-season rushing total (2,374) in 2010. The total was also the fourth-most in the NFL that season.
In 2010, Callahan developed second-year guard, Matt Slauson, into a full- time starter as the Jets rushed for 2,374 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season, while allowing only 28 sacks (tied for eighth-fewest in the NFL).
The 2009 Jets team set a franchise record and led the NFL with 2,756 rushing yards. The Jets rushing attack recorded two 300-yard games, while registering 175-or- more yards seven times during the season.
In his first season with the Jets in 2008, the improved Jets running attack averaged 4.7 yards-per-carry, ninth in the NFL, and featured the AFC rushing champion, Pro Bowler Thomas Jones, who ran for 1,312 yards and scored a team-record 13 rushing touchdowns. The offensive line also improved in pass protection, limiting defenses to 30 sacks, down from 53 sacks allowed in 2007.
Joined the Jets in 2007 after he led Nebraska to a Big 12 Conference Championship game appearance (2006) and two bowl births in four seasons (27- 22).
Served as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons (2002- 03), logging a 15-17 regular-season record and a 2-1 postseason mark. In his first season as a head coach on any level, he led the Raiders to an 11-5 record, an AFC West title and a berth in Super Bowl XXXVII. The trip to the Super Bowl made Callahan only the fourth first-year head coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl in NFL history.
Oakland led the NFL in passing and set team records for total offensive yards (6,237), first downs (366), first downs passing (226), passes attempted (619), passes completed (418), passing yards (4,689) and highest completion percentage (67.5). His offense also ranked second in the NFL in points scored with 450 points (28.1 per-game). As a result of his accomplishments, he was named Coach of the Year by the Columbus (Oh) Touchdown Club and Rookie Coach of the Year by Football Digest.
In a three-season span, all with Callahan as either the offensive coordinator or head coach, the Raiders went from leading the NFL in rushing, with 154.4 yards-per-game in 2000 to leading the league in passing, averaging 293.1 yards- per-game.
He directed an offense in 2000 that set a Raider single-season record in fewest sacks allowed with 28, only to break the record the next season, allowing just 27 sacks.
In 1999, Oakland ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards and fifth in total offense. From 1999 through 2002, Raiders offensive players earned 12 Pro Bowl appearances.
Before joining the Raiders, Callahan coached the offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-97. His unit helped the Eagles rank second in the NFC in passing, fifth in rushing and third in total offense in 1997. In 1996, the Eagles led the conference in passing, ranked second in rushing and led the NFC in total offense. In 1995, the Eagles placed fourth in the league in rushing.
Callahan started at quarterback for three seasons (1975-77) at Illinois Benedictine (lisle, Ill.) where he earned honorable-mention all-America honors in 1976 and 1977 and graduated with a BA in Physical Education in 1978. He was born in Chicago, Ill., where he attended Mendel Catholic High School. He and his wife, Valerie, have two daughters, Cathryn and Jaclyn and two sons, Brian and Daniel.