Browns not keeping OC DeFilippo
CLEVELAND (AP) During his introductory news conference this week, new Browns coach Hue Jackson made it clear he’ll be heavily involved with Cleveland’s offense.
”I love calling plays,” said Cincinnati’s former coordinator.
Bye-bye, John DeFilippo.
After just one season running Cleveland’s offense, DeFilippo will not be back with the Browns, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.
DeFilippo had two more seasons left on his contract, but he will not be retained by Jackson, the person said on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced by the team.
Despite a lack of playmakers and losing starting quarterback Josh McCown to a season-ending injury, DeFilippo’s offense passed for more than 4,000 yards and rushed for 1,500 yards this season, just the fourth time the Browns have done that in club history.
Jackson, who spent the past two seasons overseeing the Bengals offense, is expected to call the Browns’ plays next season. It’s not yet known if he’ll hire an offensive coordinator, but Jackson will have major input in Cleveland’s offensive system.
”Obviously, we’re going to look to find the best coaches that we can in the world to come here and coach,” he said. ”If that means Hue Jackson needs to slide over and give someone else that opportunity, then I will, but I know I will always be itching and scratching and wanting to do it (call plays) because I think I have a pretty good feel of what it takes to be successful in this league.”
DeFilippo has already drawn interest from other teams. He interviewed for San Francisco’s coaching vacancy before the 49ers hired Chip Kelly.
On Friday, Jackson announced he’s keeping special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, who has been with Cleveland since 2011. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil is not coming back.
Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who spent one season with Cleveland, has been mentioned as a possible addition to Jackson’s staff. He interviewed for Tennessee’s head coaching job on Saturday before the Titans hired Mike Mularkey.
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