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Lions hire Brian Callahan from Broncos to be quarterbacks coach

The Detroit Lions continued adding to their staff Monday, officially hiring Brian Callahan as the team’s quarterbacks coach to replace Jim Bob Cooter, who was promoted to offensive coordinator midway through the 2015 season.

Callahan, like Cooter before him, comes from the Denver Broncos where he was an offensive assistant working with quarterbacks including Peyton Manning. Callahan has been with the Broncos since 2010.

He is the son of former Oakland Raiders and Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bill Callahan.

Callahan was a walk-on quarterback at UCLA and eventually became the team’s holder. After he finished at UCLA, he was a graduate assistant for two seasons before going to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California.

He coached quarterbacks at Junipero Serra in 2008 and 2009. Then he was hired by the Broncos, where he started as a coaching assistant, became a quality control coach in 2011, then an offensive assistant in 2013 and was the offensive assistant to quarterbacks last season.

The 31-year-old Callahan played club ice hockey at UCLA for one season and played high school football at De La Salle in Concord, California and was part of the team’s 151-game winning streak where he was the backup quarterback to former Michigan and Idaho State quarterback Matt Gutierrez, according to this Los Angeles Times story from 2003.