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Report: Titans to hire Bengals OC Brian Callahan as next head coach

The Tennessee Titans have found their Mike Vrabel replacement in Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.

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The Tennessee Titans will hire Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan as their next head coach, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He had his second interview with Tennessee on Monday and that was enough for the organization to go ahead and make him their next head man. He was a hot commodity during this year’s NFL head coaching carousel and also had second interviews lined up with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers for their HC vacancies.

Callahan had served as Cincinnati’s OC since 2019, where he oversaw one of the league’s most talented offenses with Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon, and Tee Higgins making explosive plays. His stock as a coordinator rose in 2021, where the Bengals went 10-7 in the regular season and made a run to Super Bowl 56. The offense was once again humming the following season, where they went 12-4 and went back to the AFC Championship Game. Injuries to Joe Burrow stunted Cincy’s 2023 campaign, but he still managed to get decent play from backup QB Jake Browning and had the team still in the playoff hunt until Week 17.

Now in Tennessee, he will be tasked with retooling a team that has posted back-to-back losing seasons. The Titans will most likely lose veterans Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill in the offseason, but he will have some promising, young talent to work with in quarterback Will Levis and running back Tyjae Spears.