If anyone can, Bill Callahan can, man
The Browns are incredibly fortunate to land an O-Line coach with the qualifications of Bill Callahan. He’s been in the NFL forever, most recently as the interim head coach for the woeful Washington team. Most of his career has been as an offensive line coach par excellence, but he also was the offensive coordinator for John Gruden.
Following Gruden’s departure, he was the head coach who took the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl. He also had a tour of duty as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, so he has experience working with young players.
The Browns have got to stop having disastrous results with their young lineman. There could not be a person in the NFL who is a better teacher and tactician for the offensive line than Bill Callahan. This is as good as it gets.
The Browns don’t have to worry about the veterans, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, and Jack Conklin. Jedrick Wills is the best offensive line prospect the Browns have had since Joe Thomas, and they cannot afford to mess this one up.
They will not, not with Callahan in charge of the big kids up front. The tougher problem is making sense out of right guard where Teller, Forbes, Hubbard, and perhaps even Lamm might be a candidate to start. Forbes is the young player that the Browns would prefer to see develop, but even the veterans could likely improve with the proper tutelage.
Of course, this COVID-19 situation needs to be factored, since the form of summer camp remains to be determined, but certainly will involve less time for evaluation than usual. Callahan will not have as much time to leave his imprint on this line that he would normally have, but this observer still believes that this time the Browns have got their ducks lined up properly.
It will work out, the line will perform at a high level, and it will be a different Browns offense.