The Oakland Raiders may yet still lose a key member of their coaching staff. While the excitement over the future of head coach Dennis Allen and the one-year contracts Mark Davis offered his assistants has dissipated, the coaching staff may not yet be set. Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is reported to be interviewing for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator job on Thursday.
DeFilippo’s most recent job before spending the past two seasons as the Raiders quarterbacks coach was at San Jose State where he held the same position. But this is not his first stint with the team. Hee was also the quarterbacks coach for two years of first round bust JaMarcus Russell’s unbelievably bad run with the Raiders.
In his second go-round, however, things were much better. He worked with Carson Palmer in 2012 when the QB threw for over 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. In 2013 he made the most out of one of the worst quarterback groups in the NFL. Both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor played much better than anyone expected.
As the Raiders head into a crucial offseason, the quarterbacks coach is one of the more important pieces to the puzzle. No matter how things play out, the Raiders are guaranteed to have at least one and as many as three young and relatively inexperienced quarterbacks on the roster. The Raiders will likely return at least one of their starting quarterbacks from last season, whether it be McGloin or Pryor, and could very well draft a quarterback.
If DeFilippo lands the job with Cleveland, it could put the Raiders in a tough position. Because the Browns took so long to fill their head coaching position, it is fairly late in the game to try and find a new quarterbacks coach. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson is known to be very good with quarterbacks and his presence will help, but the Raiders also need a high quality coach who can spend all of his time coaching up the Raiders quarterbacks.