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Brian Callahan
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Biography

Brian Callahan came to Detroit as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2016 following a six-year stint with the Denver Broncos, where he concluded his tenure as the offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach during the 2015 season en route to the team’s Super Bowl 50 win over Carolina. In his first season with the Lions, Callahan’s continued development of QB Matthew Stafford was evident in Detroit’s second trip to the postseason in three years.


 

Brian Callahan came to Detroit as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2016 following a six-year stint with the Denver Broncos, where he concluded his tenure as the offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach during the 2015 season en route to the team’s Super Bowl 50 win over Carolina. In his first season with the Lions, Callahan’s continued development of QB Matthew Stafford was evident in Detroit’s second trip to the postseason in three years.

CALLAHAN’S COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2016: With 347 yards in the season finale against Green Bay, Stafford surpassed 30,000 yards in the fewest games (109) ever by a quarterback in NFL history. He broke the previous record of 114 set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino and QB Kurt Warner.

  • In 2016, Stafford led the Lions on eight fourth-quarter game-winning drives. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford recorded the most game-winning drives accumulated by a quarterback in a season since the 1970 Merger.
  • Stafford’s 65.3 completion percentage in 2016 ranks second all-time in Lions history, behind only his 67.2 percentage in 2015. His 24 touchdowns last season also tied for sixth on the Lions’ all-time single-season list, as he now holds six of the Top 10 marks for single-season passing touchdowns.
  • Stafford’s 65.3 completion percentage in 2016 ranks second all-time in Lions history, behind only his 67.2 percentage in 2015. His 24 touchdowns last season also tied for sixth on the Lions’ all-time single-season list, as he now holds six of the Top 10 marks for single-season passing touchdowns.

Callahan joined the Broncos staff in 2010 and worked in a variety of roles on the offensive side of the ball, including offensive quality control coach (2011-12) and offensive assistant (2013-14). During his time in Denver, Callahan helped mold one of the NFL’s most consistent offenses and was a part of five consecutive AFC West titles. In 2014, the Broncos ranked fourth in total offense (402.9 ypg) and second in scoring offense (30.1 ppg) as six offensive starters were named to the Pro Bowl. The previous season, QB Peyton Manning earned his fifth Most Valuable Player Award as the Denver offense set NFL single-season records for points scored (606) and touchdown passes (55) on the way to the team’s third consecutive AFC West title and a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Prior to entering the NFL ranks, Callahan coached two years (2008-09) at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., where he worked with the school’s quarterbacks. His coaching career began in 2006 as a graduate assistant at UCLA, working in the Bruins’ football operations department. His role expanded in 2007 as he worked with the team’s wide receivers, while also breaking down UCLA opponent game video, aiding coaches with game preparation, directing the defensive scout team and breaking down opponents’ special teams units.

A former walk-on quarterback at UCLA who earned a scholarship, Callahan appeared in all 13 games as a holder on the field goal and extra point units as a senior. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA in 2006 before earning a master’s in education from the school in 2008.

A native of Champaign, Ill., Callahan is married to his wife, Allyson, and together they have a daughter, Norah. His father, Bill, is currently the offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins.

CALLAHAN’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................ 2016-

      Quarterbacks.......................................................... 2016-

Denver Broncos.......................................................... 2010-15

      Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks.......................... 2015

      Offensive Assistant................................................. 2013-14

      Quality Control-Offense.......................................... 2011-12

      Coaching Assistant................................................. 2010

Junipero Serra High School (Calif.)........................... 2008-09

      Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks....................... 2009

      Quarterbacks........................................................... 2008

UCLA............................................................................ 2006-07

      Graduate Assistant.................................................. 2006-07

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