Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Raiders promote Callahan

Offensive coordinator named Oakland’s head coach

March 13, 2002


— The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to head coach Tuesday night, three weeks after Jon Gruden left to coach Tampa Bay.

The Raiders will introduce Callahan during a news conference to at their Alameda facility.

Callahan spent four seasons as Gruden's offensive coordinator with the Raiders, and also worked with Gruden as Philadelphia's offensive line coach from 1995-97.

Gruden, who left with a year remaining on his contract with the Raiders, received a five-year deal worth about $17.5 million from Tampa Bay. As compensation, the Raiders received two first-round draft picks, a pair of second-rounders and $8 million.

Gruden was 40-28 in four seasons with the Raiders, including a 2-2 mark in the playoffs where he led Oakland to a berth in the AFC championship game in January 2001.

The Raiders were 10-6 last season. They beat the New York Jets in the wild-card round of the playoffs before losing to eventual-Super Bowl champion New England in overtime in the divisional playoffs.

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