Jets wouldn’t give Callahan coordinator position

By Marc A. Greenberg

Bill Callahan has left the Jets for the Cowboys (Photo credit: Al Pereira/New York Jets)

With the news last night that former New York Jets offensive-line coach Bill Callahan left the team to coach the Dallas Cowboys offensive-line, eyebrows were raised.

After all, Callahan was making a lateral move; something that usually doesn’t happen, especially when you hear that Callahan loved New York.

Rich Cimini of is reporting that Callahan would have stayed if the Jets offered him the offensive coordinator position.  Apparently, the Jets would not do that. Or could not do that.  The Jets either didn’t want Callahan, meaning they had a replacement in mind already, or they couldn’t do that, because Brian Schottenheimer was the coordinator.

With the departure of Schotty and apparent hiring of Tony Sparano, it seems the Jets had Sparano on their radar all along.

Callahan, who spent four seasons with the Jets, turned down a contract extension a year ago and another offer about a month before the season ended, according to sources.