INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Callahan has a reputation for being one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL, so his departure for the Washington Redskins should be viewed as a blow to the Dallas Cowboys.
But Callahan sings the praises of his replacement, Frank Pollack.
Pollack played for Callahan and spent the past two years on the Cowboys’ staff as the assistant offensive line coach. When Callahan was calling plays in 2013, Pollack was heavily involved with the offensive line. When Callahan returned more to his line responsibilities in 2014, Pollack was not relegated to the background. Callahan leaned on him a lot with a line that had three Pro Bowlers in Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.
“He brings a lot to the table,” Callahan said. “He’s experienced. He knows the position as well as anybody across the league. He has done a great job with the players. I have always felt confident in giving him a drill, taking it and rolling with ideas off of him. He’s got a creative aspect that he will bring to the table. He is a good technician. He can analyze technique. He can fix problems. If there is any issue he’s experienced enough to fix it or rectify it. That’s big in coaching: your ability to fix problems and find solutions. That goes a long way. You have got to have that ability and he certainly has it.”
The decision to leave for Callahan was not a difficult one professionally after losing the play-calling duties in 2014, but it was not easy to walk away from a talented line. The Cowboys blocked Callahan from talking to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens about offensive coordinator jobs after the 2013 season.
“Professionally, there are those situations across the league,” Callahan said. “It’s pretty common knowledge that if you’re not released and you’re not given permission, you can look at it couple of ways. It’s a compliment in that respect. I took it as that and stayed and did the best I could under adverse circumstances, which weren’t too hard. We had the best line in the league. It was kind of fun to coach. I really enjoyed coaching last season. I had a ball. I had more fun than any other time in my career. It was great. They were a great group to be around.”