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Bill Callahan leaves Jets, replaces Hudson Houck in Dallas


Henry Ellard isn’t the only coach leaving the Jets.

Bill Callahan, who has been the assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Jets for the last four years, is leaving to coach the Cowboys’ offensive line, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports.

Callahan replaces Hudson Houck, who is retiring after 29 years in the NFL. Houck has coached with the Rams, Cowboys, Seahawks, Chargers and Dolphins and says he’s ready to call it quits.

“I’ve had a great time, been part of a lot of winning teams and I’ve enjoyed a lot of wonderful relationships,” Houck said.

Now the Cowboys add Callahan, a well respected line coach who has previously been head coach of the Raiders and at Nebraska. He should be a good addition to Jason Garrett’s staff, and his departure coming on the same day that Ellard is departing as the Jets’ receivers’ coach shows that there’s not as much stability on Rex Ryan’s staff as the Jets’ have been suggesting publicly. The Jets had had offered Callahan a contract extension on multiple occasions, and Callahn declined.

The Cowboys will also add Jerome Henderson, formerly the defensive backs coach of the Browns, to replace Dave Campo as the defensive backs coach in Dallas.

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34 Responses to “Bill Callahan leaves Jets, replaces Hudson Houck in Dallas”
  1. promin1 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:26 PM

    I thought everyone wanted to be around the Jets and Rex Ryan. The act is wearing thin. Back under your rocks Jet fans. You’ve been out long enough.

  2. profootballwalk says: Jan 10, 2012 9:26 PM

    When you see the rats going overboard, it’s time to find yourself a lifeboat and get in. Women and children first my a$$.

  3. wawa33 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:28 PM

    Can he replace overrated Rob Ryan instead?

  4. randolph32 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:30 PM

    Another guy the Bears snoozed on….and I thought it might be better with Jerry gone, heck no, Ted Phillips the ‘CFO’ is even worse!!!

  5. wadecounty93 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:35 PM

    I dont blame anyone for leaving the Jets. Haha

  6. Peter Venkman says: Jan 10, 2012 9:35 PM

    He must have done something really good in New York to become a “respected line coach” after setting a prominent college program back by years.

  7. wadecounty93 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:36 PM

    Go Fins!

  8. nesuperfan says: Jan 10, 2012 9:37 PM

    You have to wonder if Rex Ryan’s own coaches also just get sick of his bravado, and want to get out.

  9. j0esixpack says: Jan 10, 2012 9:39 PM

    Maybe these guys didn’t do the best job in the world, but at least they didn’t publicly guarantee a Super Bowl victory for the Jets.


  10. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 10, 2012 9:42 PM

    Don’t care about him, don’t care about the wr coach, just fire shotty. Hire some 12 year old who has 500 hours in madden 2012. Anyone is better than shotty.

  11. tarquinfintimlinbin says: Jan 10, 2012 9:44 PM

    Hudson Houck was a terrible movie.

  12. jpb12 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:53 PM

    Rats jumping off the SS Jets

  13. unbiased8383 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:54 PM

    Nice move. Now lets get 2 new guards and a center and we’re talkin.

  14. craigmaitland says: Jan 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    What makes him a respected line coach? The jets oline was horrible this yr despite having a substantial amount of talent. Not sure I like the hire for the cowboys who need to add at least a gaurd in free agency or draft. Probably need a center as well.

  15. mavix27 says: Jan 10, 2012 10:00 PM

    Good luck Bill…

    Any chance you can take Wayne “Turnstile” Hunter with you? Please?

  16. 7pints says: Jan 10, 2012 10:06 PM

    Hudson Houck? Wasn’t that a really bad Bruce Willis movie in the 90’s???

  17. oscojoe says: Jan 10, 2012 10:06 PM

    I guess after all the division championships and 3 Superbowl rings it’s time to move on to another challenge.

    Oh My Bad; Callahan was a Coach w/ the Yet’s!

    Sorry about that Folks but good move, he may now have a chnace to get a ring!!!

  18. bigtganks says: Jan 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    Peter. No offense but Nebraska will never be a power house again. They’re the next Norte dame. You’ll get some nice 8-9 win seasons but never sniff a natl chmpship again. Things have changed and that started years before Callahan.

  19. rajbais says: Jan 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    I told y’all!!! All of the offensive coaches hate Rex!!!

  20. waldoampere says: Jan 10, 2012 10:15 PM

    Why does everyone assume that it was Callahan’s decision to leave Rex and the Jets? They just got rid of their WR coach on the same day and their OL took a significant step back this year.

  21. professorcolumbus says: Jan 10, 2012 10:17 PM

    Hudson Houck? One of Bruce Willis’ more underrated performances if you ask me…

  22. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 10, 2012 10:33 PM

    waldoampere says:
    Jan 10, 2012 10:15 PM
    Why does everyone assume that it was Callahan’s decision to leave Rex and the Jets? They just got rid of their WR coach on the same day and their OL took a significant step back this year.


    They were multiple reports of the Jets repeadly offer him a contract extension.

  23. texansdude says: Jan 10, 2012 11:06 PM

    Now, if those Bucs would just hire Jeff Fisher, that would be great. With no personal bias, gosh, I just wish them well.

  24. oscojoe says: Jan 10, 2012 11:09 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:Jan 10, 2012 10:33 PM

    waldoampere says:
    Jan 10, 2012 10:15 PM
    Why does everyone assume that it was Callahan’s decision to leave Rex and the Jets? They just got rid of their WR coach on the same day and their OL took a significant step back this year.
    Pretty easy answer – “Who wants to be part of a dysfunctional/losing organization like the Yet’s”

    Even their Fan’s are jumpimg to there big brother known as the NY Giants!

  25. catquick says: Jan 10, 2012 11:39 PM

    I told my son in Phoenix last week I thought there was an impending implosion in NY. Why would a man with Asst. Head coach credentials leave to be a worker bee in Dallas? I think the players are about to mutiny also. Holmes IS a cancer, and I can’t see how he and Sanchez ever get trust with each other again. He pretty much threw Sanchez overboard. The O line hates Holmes, one member publicly scorching him last week. I understand Plax is a goner, LT also. There has to ne other players who want outta there too. FA’s will be talking to their old college buddies and getting the true inside scoop, maybe taking another offer from another team instead of hopping in the hot soup of NY sportswriters. Rex was fun for a while, now he’s more like a clown. The owner has to be looking around also, with so many proven entities out there looking for work. Miami and the Bills will be on the rise, and NE is NE, so the Jets could be looking at a last place finish next year. If the have the bad fortune the Bills had with injuries(Revis, Cro) it will be bedlam.

  26. green41563 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:09 AM

    Right. The Bills’ problem was injuries. Otherwise, they might have won seven games.

  27. bluestar12 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:27 AM

    To quote Jim Carrey.
    “I like it alot”.

  28. patpatriotagain says: Jan 11, 2012 1:23 AM

    nfl teams rot from the head down – fire tannebaum

  29. acieu says: Jan 11, 2012 4:53 AM

    Dallas also seems dysfunctional but the living may be easier, no state income tax and a much more quiet head coach.

  30. angrycorgi says: Jan 11, 2012 6:08 AM

    Yall back off of poor Rex Ryan…talking crap and never backing it up is a NY tradition!

  31. klingonj says: Jan 11, 2012 6:35 AM

    man how many old ladies are posting here these days absolutely killing the Jets. the changes are part of some needed discipline. with a new OC, snachez will do much better. Not sure about Sparano, I was hoping Justin Birkle would be available

  32. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 11, 2012 7:27 AM

    Good move for the Cowboys but will it matter? The Cowboys GM (he whose name will not be mentioned) micro manages. Will he listen come draft day? Also, how about the HC? He doesn’t have control of the team.

    Owner/GM claims he will look in the mirror and include himself in changes being made. We’ll all see…

  33. jpb12 says: Jan 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    Hue Jackson to Jets?

  34. Patriot42 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:16 AM

    The Jets should hire Hue Jackson as a coach and if you think Rex is over the top wait until Jackson gets there. It would be a great treat for all of us.

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