Bill Callahan leaves Jets, replaces Hudson Houck in Dallas

AP

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.

34 responses to “Bill Callahan leaves Jets, replaces Hudson Houck in Dallas

  1. 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. 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. 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!!!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  12. 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.
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    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!

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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…

  17. 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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