As of last week, the Raiders weren’t even sure whether they would be hiring a quarterbacks coach, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. After all, he and Jon Gruden are both quarterback specialists, so a QB coach is not necessarily vital.
The team officially announced a whole slew of assistants last week, and among them was not a QB coach. But if reports are true, they’re still interviewing potential candidates to fill the position.
Those candidates are Lousiana Tech QB coach Tim Rattay and former Lions QB coach Brian Callahan, according to MMQB’s Albert Breer.
Per source, Raiders interviewed Louisiana Tech QBs coach/ex-49ers QB Tim Rattay and ex-Lions QBs coach Brian Callahan for their QB coach job yesterday.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 26, 2018
Brian Callahan is the son of Bill Callahan, who was Gruden’s Offensive Coordinator during his stint in Oakland. Callahan took over as Raiders head coach and led the Raiders to the Super Bowl only to lose to Gruden who was the head coach of the Buccaneers.
Junior Callahan and the Lions parted ways this week and he has been on the radar for QB coaching jobs across the NFL ever since, including interviews with the Jets and Titans. So, he will have options. Will he choose to return to coach with Gruden like his father? We’ll see.