INDIANAPOLIS -- Brian Callahan has been around football his whole life. He was a backup quarterback at one of the best high school football programs in the country. He was a walk-on quarterback at Division I UCLA.
"He did a tremendous job for us," Denver head coach Gary Kubiak said. "He had been there I think five years before I came in. Obviously with us this past year, but I think Brian has got a bright future. [He’s] able to go to Detroit, work with some familiar people from that standpoint, and obviously work with a great quarterback.
"He’s got a bright future. His dad did a great job with him. He’s a great kid and works really hard. He’s very bright."
He also impressed Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who worked with Callahan when they were in Denver together. More than that, Cooter and Callahan had cubicles next to each other. So their relationship grew from there.
And that connection -- along with their shared experience working with Peyton Manning -- likely helped.
"That connection was probably paramount, and Jim Bob probably knew Brian as well as anybody," said Chicago head coach John Fox, who worked with both in Denver. "... He’s a bright young coach and his dad has been in the coaching profession for a long time, so Brian’s seen a lot of things growing up that way.
"He did a good job with some very good offensive players. ... The relationship he and Jim Bob had obviously made a great fit there in Detroit. I think he’ll do a terrific job."
Callahan was officially hired by the Lions this month to replace Cooter as quarterbacks coach. Cooter was promoted to offensive coordinator midway through the 2015 season.