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Bill Callahan, who led Redskins after Jay Gruden’s firing, is headed to Cleveland

Bill Callahan took over as interim coach of the Redskins after Jay Gruden was fired. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
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Former Washington Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan is headed to Cleveland.

The Browns hired Callahan to coach their offensive line under new coach Kevin Stefanski, a person with knowledge of the decision confirmed Monday. NFL Network first reported the hiring.

Callahan led the Redskins to a 3-8 record after Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start. Callahan joined Washington in 2015 as offensive line coach and added an assistant head coach title in 2017. Known as an old-school disciplinarian, Callahan made sure the offensive line was regularly the last position group to leave the practice field. The Redskins’ offense became more run-heavy under Callahan’s control, and practices became more physical.

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The team also turned to its younger players down the stretch as Callahan made rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins the starter and inserted rookies into starting positions on both sides of the ball.

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Callahan coached the 2002 Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl before leading the program at the University of Nebraska from 2004 to 2007. He returned to the NFL in 2008 as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach with the New York Jets before being named the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator in 2012.

“[I] tried to bring back a work ethic into the program that I thought was lacking,” Callahan said before the Redskins’ final game of the season. “I thought our players could have been better fundamentally, still not there yet. I saw our players get better and compete for four quarters. I saw our players have stamina through four quarters of play.

“I thought long and hard about improving the team and what aspects I would really focus on, and a lot of that was the second-half finish and I thought we did that. I thought we competed better in the second half of our play. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to. We didn’t win the games we needed to win.”

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