Wasn't Dennis Wagner the offensive line coach under Bill Callahan? Oh yeah, right. Didn't he have something to say about working for Bill Callahan?
"At Nebraska, I'd always take the offensive linemen through the individual periods, and really tried to keep my skills sharp."
Combine that with Matt Hayes revelation that Callahan took over both offensive and defensive playcalling in the Texas game, you have the textbook definition of a micromanager. If you've worked in an office setting, you've likely encountered one and seen how a micromanager sucks away the productivity of any organization.
"He is the head coach," Wagner said. "If he says this is what you do, this is what you do. If you don't, then you have problems within your group. It isn't always that you want to do it that way, but it's the way you're supposed to do it. That's just part of doing the things you're asked to do by the person who hired you."
That doesn't make Bill Callahan a bad football coach, just a bad head football coach. With the Jets, he'll be free to devote his attention towards the offensive line, and in that role, it's likely he'll excel. An anonymous colleague from his days with the Raiders admits that Callahan will do fine as long as he focuses on the offensive line:
Which raises the question...will Bo Pelini fall into the same trap at Nebraska? He's already declared that he would call defenses initially. It's a risk, though there are mitigating factors as he's worked with all of the defensive assistants before. They all know each other and should be on the same page, which is something that didn't appear to be the case under Bill Callahan as that staff was assembled with recruiting in mind.
"As an offensive line coach, he's as good as there is in the NFL. He's very, very sharp."
How Pelini adapts to being a head coach is one of the key factors that will determine how the Huskers will do in 2008.