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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bill Callahan For Hire

With former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini on his way to the Cleveland Browns, the NY Daily News is reporting that Bill Callahan might be taking the same bus with him to Cleveland.

Rumor has it that Mangini has already started assembling his staff and Callahan is one of his top targets. However, according to the NY Daily News, 'Callahan is under contract and the Jets aren't required to grant permission for the Browns to speak with him. Unless an assistant wants to interview for a head-coaching job, it's deemed a lateral move and his current team isn't obligated to let him go. Another wrinkle is the fact that Callahan interviewed for the Jets' head-coaching vacancy. He's not considered a frontrunner, but he's a well-respected coach and it's unlikely the Jets would let him out of his contract.'

Jets (offensive coordinator) Brian Schottenheimer and (offensive line/assistant head coach) Bill Callahan were the first to interview for Mangini's former head coaching job in New York last Friday. However, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan are believed to be the top choices but they will not be able to interview until their seasons are over.

It looks like Bill has two very good options for next year in either New York or Cleveland. Either way, he's still far enough away.