Oakland Raiders: John DeFilippo

Raiders coaching staff filling out

February, 4, 2014
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Not only have the Oakland Raiders avoided losing quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who interviewed for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position last week, the Raiders also filled a pair of vacancies on the staff by hiring Joe Woods as the defensive backs coach and Marcus Robertson as the assistant secondary coach.

The team confirmed the hiring of Woods, and Robertson's signing has been widely reported.

The only vacancy on coach Dennis Allen's staff remaining, then, should he choose to fill it, is assistant special teams coach. As such, and with some $60 million in salary cap space, a full complement of draft picks, including the fifth selection overall, and a completed-for-all-practical-purposes coaching staff, the Raiders are primed for the offseason.

DeFilippo interviewing in Cleveland can only help him in terms of experience down the road (the Browns hired Kyle Shanahan).

And in Woods and Robertson, who replace Johnnie Lynn and Clayton Lopez, the Raiders are hoping to improve upon their franchise worsts of touchdown passes allowed (33) and passer rating against (105.1).

Woods was with the Minnesota Vikings the past eight seasons -- the Vikings were 31st against the pass last season while the Raiders were 28th -- and Robertson, who played 12 years in the NFL and was an All-Pro free safety with the Houston Oilers in 1993 -- was an assistant the past two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
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.