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Bengals OC Brian Callahan doesn’t think age matters on NFL coaching staffs

Brian Callahan, Zac Taylor

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan doesn’t think age matters when it comes to coaching in the NFL.

The magic sentence for any NFL coach looking for a job seemed to involve the terms ‘worked with’ and ‘Sean McVay’.

At 33 years old, McVay led the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl. It seems a wave of youth among coaches around the league has started.

The Bengals are following suit with the youngest head coach/offensive coordinator combo in the league. New head coach Zac Taylor is 35, and Callahan is 34, but they cling to a wealth of experience coming from football families.

Per Paul Dehner, Jr. of Cincinnati.com, both coaches have experience in spades.

“When you look at where Zac and I come from and take out just years in the league or experience, we’ve got a lot of experience in a lot of different areas that are beneficial,” Callahan said.

Callahan was 15 years old throwing passes to players like Jerry Rice. Taylor comes from a very similar background.

“His dad was a coach. My dad was a coach. We’ve had access to things that not a lot of people get access to at that age. I do think there’s kind of a shared experience with those types of things that give you the experience that doesn’t necessarily count on a resume.”

After a 6-10 season, the Bengals are hoping that youth with a life in football is the way to go. It was proven to work with McVay and his brilliant mind.

It will help both Taylor and Callahan to have a weapon like A.J. Green at their disposal as they try to inject energy into their new team.