John DeFilippo Reportedly to Be Named Eagles QB Coach: Latest Comments, Reaction

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo stands on the field during an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Browns, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Steelers won 28-12. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will reportedly hire John DeFilippo as his quarterbacks coach.  

Mike Garafolo and Peter Schrager of were the first to report the news Tuesday.

DeFilippo spent last season as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator after a three-year stint as the Oakland Raiders' quarterbacks coach.

While the Browns struggled as a team this past season with a record of 3-13, DeFilippo did more with less from an offensive perspective.

Cleveland ranked 25th in yardage and 30th in points per game, however, the 37-year-old coach had the unenviable task of cycling through quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown and Austin Davis.

With DeFilippo at the helm, tight end Gary Barnidge and wide receiver Travis Benjamin both enjoyed career years, which were no small feats considering the team's issues under center.

DeFilippo became available after the Browns hired Hue Jackson as their new head coach, and Garafolo believes that created a fortuitous situation for the Eagles, considering how well regarded the assistant is across the league:

There is no question DeFilippo's profile grew significantly after the 2014 season, as he guided quarterback Derek Carr through a strong rookie season while with the Raiders.

The Youngstown, Ohio, natives also had previous stints as an NFL quarterbacks coach with the Raiders from 2007-2008, and with the New York Jets in 2009.

Although the jury is still out with regard to whether DeFilippo can be a quality offensive coordinator or head coach down the line, he has proven himself in the quarterbacks coach role.

The Eagles have a great deal of uncertainty in that regard since it isn't yet clear if Sam Bradford will be back in the fold for 2016.

If he is, then DeFilippo's presence could go a long way toward helping him reach the potential that the St. Louis Rams and many others believed he had when he was made the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft.


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