Monday night the Raiders officially named former Lions Quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan to the same position on head coach Jon Gruden’s staff.
Under Callahan’s tutelage over the course of his two-year stint with the Lions, Matt Stafford has ranked in the top-10 in touchdown passes (53), passing yards (8,773), completions (759), completion percentage (65.5) and pass interception percentage (1.7).
Last season, Stafford ranked third in the NFL and first in the NFC in passing yards (4,446), fourth in passing touchdowns (29) and sixth in completion percentage (65.7 percent), the second-best mark of his career.
You may remember correctly, in 2016, while Derek Carr was setting franchise records for game winning drives, Stafford was keeping pace. Stafford ended up outdoing Carr’s 7 game winning drives with an NFL record eight fourth-quarter game-winning drives, the most by a signal caller in a single season since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger.
Callahan’s NFL career began in Denver in 2010 as an offensive coaching assistant and working his way up to QB coach in 2015.
The son of Bill Callahan — former Raiders Offensive Coordinator under Jon Gruden and eventual head coach — Brian has coached in the Bay Area before, having been the Offensive Coordinator and QB coach at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo in 2008-09.
Callahan attended UCLA as a walk-on quarterback, seeing the field only as a holder on extra points. He received his master’s degree in education at the school while working as a graduate assistant on the Bruin football team in 2006-07.