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Report: Lions parting ways with QB coach Brian Callahan

After previously keeping him from interviewing for other jobs, Detroit is letting their quarterback coach explore opportunities elsewhere.

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Although Detroit’s official announcement of Matt Patricia as their new head coach is two weeks away, that isn’t stopping the team from making other changes to their coaching staff.

According to a report from Albert Breer of The MMQB, the Lions are moving on from quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan, granting him the chance to pursue other job opportunities—and potentially a promotion to offensive coordinator as Breer mentioned back in January of 2017.

Callahan joined the Detroit Lions staff as the team’s quarterbacks coach in February of 2016 after spending the previous six seasons with the Denver Broncos. Since arriving in Detroit, it’s assumed that Callahan has played a large role in the continued development and maturation of Matthew Stafford as a quarterback in the NFL, and the statistics certainly serve as proof.

Earlier in the Lions’ offseason, Detroit blocked Callahan from interviewing for offensive coordinator positions, a lateral move by NFL standards, and nothing out of the ordinary for the team—Detroit also blocked Teryl Austin from interviewing for the defensive coordinator position with the Green Bay Packers.

With Jim Caldwell’s replacement unofficially in place, the Lions, as reported earlier last week by Jason La Canfora, have already furthered their search for coaches to fill other positions. Detroit is still in the market for a defensive coordinator to replace the recently departed Austin, an offensive line coach to replace Ron Prince, a quarterback coach, and potentially an offensive coordinator depending on Patricia’s preference.