News: DC.COM: Gruden: Cowboys Have A Great O-Line Coach In Bill Callahan

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Bryan Broaddus
    Football Analyst/Scout

    The first time I met Bill Callahan was when he was coaching on Barry Alvarez’s staff at the University of Wisconsin. Bill was working with the offensive line at the time, and the Badgers were beginning to turn the corner with their program in 1992.

    On our Packers staff at the time was a young coach named Jon Gruden, who was just beginning his NFL career as an assistant for Mike Holmgren. The reason for the get together, which was known as the Packer–Badger Steak Fry, was to give the two programs the opportunity to promote the University in the area. But what the coaches used it for was a chance to get together and exchange ideas.

    Callahan and Gruden were instant friends, and for good reason, they both were young go-getter types who lived to be on the field working with players. I would later cross paths with Gruden and Callahan again when Callahan went to work with Gruden as his offensive line coach with the Eagles.

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  2. aikemirv

    aikemirv Well-Known Member

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    Well, someone pointed out the other day in a post about 19 sacks in December and in another post a few days ago someone was saying that Romo's protection overall was pretty good.

    I think only one of those statements really reflects the truth and to me that truth is:

    When it really counts and the pressure is on whether it is December or the playoffs - our Oline has fallen apart the last few years.

    I hope Callahan is the guy who gets it straight!
  3. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Thanks for the post, WG.

  4. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    Callahan can coach the physicality of the game. The guys need to find the mental toughness. When you're dead-dog tired. Digging deep and fighting thru the end. Leave it all on the field.
  5. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    A coach can have an impact on that as well though intense practice late in the afternoon when guys are dead tired
  6. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    To add to that, Sturm wrote a piece over the offseason about why he felt the Cowboys play worst late in the season and it was his opinion it was a sign of a lack of depth. That their top 10-15 players were as good as anybody's but the rest of the roster was lacking the quality depth and role players that form championship teams and those warts are most exposed late in the season.

    I think there's a lot of truth to that.

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