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By Jonathan Bales

A Look at Bill Callahan’s Play-Calling History

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At Dallas News, I examined Bill Callahan’s history calling plays in the NFL.

It appears the Cowboys will head in a direction we all saw coming, stripping Jason Garrett of play-calling duties and, according to rumors, handing over the offense to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Callahan is no stranger to calling plays or even leading a team; he was the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and the head coach in the subsequent two seasons.

In Callahan’s first year as the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, Oakland posted poor offensive statistics. They checked in at 21st in the NFL in points, primarily because they turned over the football more often than all but two teams. They also ranked only 18th in rushing efficiency and 25th in passing efficiency.

By Callahan’s second season, however, the Raiders were on their way to creating an offense that would be among the league’s best in a number of categories for the next four seasons. From 1999 to 2002, Callahan’s Raiders averaged the following ranks:

  • Net yards-per-attempt: 6th (Best: 3rd, Worst: 8th)
  • Yards-per-carry: 12th (Best: 3rd, Worst: 26th)
  • Points: 4th (Best: 2nd, Worst: 8th)
  • Giveaways: 6th (Best: 2nd, Worst: 12th)

Those are some pretty darn good numbers over a four-year period; the Raiders never ranked worse than 8th in points or net-YPA. In his final season in Oakland, however, Callahan’s offense took a steep drop. They finished 29th in net-YPA—down from 3rd just one year prior—13th in YPC, 26th in points, and 11th in giveaways.

Check out the whole article at DMN.

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