Changes in the next Los Angeles Rams coaching staff officially began late in the afternoon of January 18 with Sean McVay’s split with five employees.
But of all the departures, it’s a newly opened offensive position that Sports Illustrated NFL insider Albert Breer believes McVay can fill with a former colleague of his — one who worked with him and was once 20 Years ago, he led a team to the Super Bowl: The Cleveland Browns’ current offensive line coach, Bill Callahan.
“One name I think McVay would like to add would be Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan,” Breer wrote in his mailbag feature. “And I don’t think it’s crazy to think that when the [Mike] The LaFleur idea doesn’t work, McVay might throw him the title of coordinator to try and lure him west.”
The offensive line position becomes one of the most intriguing openings on the 2023 Rams team after Kevin Carberry’s team split. His unit has been plagued by a pile-up of injuries but also protection issues after dropping an NFC-high 59 sack last season.
McVay would not only bring the 2002 Oakland Raiders AFC champion coach to his staff, but also a former colleague of his.
As McVay rose to become offensive coordinator at Washington, Callahan was on the same staff as the OL coach from 2015-16 — which was McVay’s last two seasons with the franchise.
With Callahan coaching the offensive front five, Washington allowed 27 sacks in the ’15 season and then 23 during the ’16 campaign. He was then promoted to assistant head coach in the 2017 season while continuing to coach the trenches.
Callahan then temporarily assumed head coaching duties after Washington fired Jay Gruden for an 0-5 start in 2019. Callahan got Washington to close the rest of the way with a 3-8 mark. Since then, he has been with the Browns for the past three seasons.
In 2020, Callahan’s line yielded just 26 sacks during the Browns’ postseason run. However, his 2021 unit allowed 49 sacks, including 43 for future Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield. His 2022 group gave up 44 sacks, including 20 on DeShaun Watson for six games.
However, as history shows, Callahan’s blocking teachings worked well when McVay was in the same building. This could convince McVay to try and steal someone he previously worked with and give him a former NFL head coach on his side of the ball.
Aside from offense coordinator, which has yet to be formally completed, OL coaching opening now becomes the second most important position on the Rams’ coaching staff. The next man to train this unit will be given a crew aimed at redeeming themselves from their 2022 disaster.
If Callahan isn’t the guy, who else could McVay turn to? Here are some other candidates who could appeal:
Derek Frazier: Frazier is currently the assistant offense coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and has helped former McVay assistant Zac Taylor go from 70 sacks, including the postseason in 2021, to 45 so far this season (including the four that left the unit in the wildcard gave up for a playoff win). the Baltimore Ravens). However, Frazier is also credited with making Mekhi Becton of the New York Jets an all-rookie performer in 2020 and helping grow a young Logan Mankins to an All-American and future while at Fresno State to make first rounders.
Mike Munchak: The 62-year-old Hall of Famer and former NFL head coach with the Tennessee Titans from 2011-2013 once hinted at another attempt at coaching in May 2022. Munchak was last seen with the Denver Broncos from 2019 to 2021. Munchak was not retained by Nathaniel Hackett when Denver named him head coach before firing Hackett after the Rams’ Christmas run at Denver.
team alt: Carberry was brought out of the Pac-12 in 2021 when he joined McVay’s staff after being at Stanford. When the head coach returns to the collegiate ranks in his seventh year, Drevno could be the best option … and very close by at UCLA. Prior to the Bruins, Drevno spent 2011-13 with the San Francisco 49ers, where he helped propel Joe Staley and Mike Iupati into enduring Pro Bowlers. As he nears a decade away from the league, the Rams could become tempting enough for a potential return.