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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
QB coach DeFilippo up for Browns OC gig

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will interview Thursday for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position, a league source has confirmed.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported the news Tuesday afternoon.

DeFilippo, considered a young and bright offensive mind, is in his second tour of duty as the Raiders QB coach and was one of the first assistants on Dennis Allen’s staff to agree to a one-year contract extension this offseason.

In his first go-around in Oakland, from 2007 through 2008, DeFilippo had JaMarcus Russell before going to the New York Jets as their assistant QB coach in 2009 and helped tutor then-rookie Mark Sanchez as the Jets played in the AFC title game.

In 2010 and 2011, DeFilippo was the QB coach at San Jose State before returning to the Raiders as part of Allen’s first staff in 2012 and working with Carson Palmer.

This past season, DeFilippo, 35, helped to mold Terrelle Pryor and undrafted rookie Matt McGloin after veteran Matt Flynn washed out.

“All spring [Pryor] was very hesitant to run the football,” DeFilippo told ESPN.com after the Raiders’ season opener at the Indianapolis Colts. “He wanted to prove to everyone that he was going to be a pocket-passer guy, and that’s not his game. His game is bringing his God-given athletic ability to the field and to this football team and that’s what’s going to help this football team win a lot of games.”

DeFilippo was also a candidate for the head coaching job at his alma mater, James Madison, before it went to Ohio State assistant Everett Withers.

Others reportedly up for the Browns gig under coach Mike Pettine, who was also with the Jets when DeFilippo was there, are Kyle Shanahan and Matt Cavanaugh. If DeFilippo, who grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, leaves Oakland for Cleveland, it could be seen as a blow to the continuity Allen is trying to maintain as he approaches his critical third year in Oakland.