CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Newly-hired Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is getting some help on the sidelines with a few familiar faces.
The Bengals aren’t wasting time with their coaching revamp since hiring Taylor. The team announced the hire of four new offensive assistants Thursday morning.
Who Dey? Well, they are: Brian Callahan, Jim Turner, James Casey and Ben Martin.
Familiarity is the name of the game for this new group of coaches -- no need to play six degrees of separation for these guys -- all four new coaches have worked with either Taylor or each other at some point in their careers.
Callahan is the team’s biggest hire of the Zac Taylor era and will lead the offense in the 2019 season.
He’s heading to the Queen City after a year in Oakland with Jon Gruden as the quarterbacks coach. This upcoming football season will be Callahan’s tenth in the NFL, the team says.
Callahan also spent time in Detroit as a quarterbacks coach for Matthew Stafford from 2016-2017, and was with the Denver Broncos from 2010-2015 where he served as a coaching assistant, offensive assistant, quarterbacks coach and offensive quality control coach.
The Bengals tout Callahan’s offensive skill-set with his stats from Oakland.
Under Callahan’s leadership, Raiders QB Derek Carr recorded a career-high 4049 passing yards and a 93.9 passer rating, Bengals officials say. Carr also led the AFC and ranked fifth in the NFL in completion percentage at 68.9 percent.
Callahan also has experience with a Super Bowl-winning offense when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 where he was the QB coach for Peyton Manning.
New offensive line coach Jim Turner is no stranger to Zac Taylor. Turner is jumping back to the pros from Texas A&M where he spent the last three seasons as an offensive line coach.
Before his time in College Station, Turner was the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012-2013 where he worked with Taylor.
They also worked together at Texas A&M from 2008-2011 when Taylor was a graduate assistant.
Turner will be getting help from from his former colleague Ben Martin on the offensive line. Martin worked with Turner and Taylor in Miami and at Texas A&M.
The Bengals hired Martin as an assistant offensive line coach. He spent the 2018 season as the offensive line coach at Bryant University.
Also hailing from the Lone Star State is new tight ends coach James Casey.
Casey is joining the Bengals after spending the last three seasons on the University of Houston’s coaching staff where he was an offensive football analyst in 2016, tight ends coach in 2017 and special teams coordinator in 2018.
Casey will be a familiar face for Bengals fans. As a tight end in the NFL, Casey spent his first four years with the Texans, two seasons with the Eagles, and one with the Broncos in 2015 when Callahan was a coach.
The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero also reported Thursday afternoon Taylor’s potential candidates for the defensive staff.
Pelissero says former Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko, Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn and Rams defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant are expected to be on the the list to get interviews.
The Bengals introduced Taylor to the Queen City Tuesday where he addressed the type of coaches he’s looking to add to his staff.
“Looking for great teachers. Concise communicators. Outside the box thinkers and people who aren’t afraid to deviate from the norm," he said.
Mike Brown said Taylor has a goal to take the Bengals to the top - and he agreed.
“We’re going to be a connected team. We want people that are all pulling on the same rope. We all want to get this thing to the top," Taylor said.
Taylor is the tenth head coach in Bengals history and is looking to spark a drastic change for the team when it comes to the postseason.
Under former head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals did not win a single playoff game in 16 years despite making the playoffs seven times -- including three appearances as AFC North Champions (2005, 2013 and 2015.)