The Browns hope that the sixth time is a charm.
John DeFilippo has been reported by multiple sources to be the Browns newest offensive coordinator. Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez first reported the hiring. The OBR's Lane Adkins reported that the Browns were "closing in" on the hire Tuesday evening.
The Browns have not made the hiring official.
The OBR’s Lane Adkins had linked DeFilippo with the Browns for the past month in the Fast Lane since the departure of Kyle Shanahan.
DeFilippo has been linked to Mike Pettine since the two were on the staff of Rex Ryan with the Jets in 2009. DeFilippo was the Jets assistant quarterbacks coach while Pettine was the defensive coordinator.
DeFillippo, 36, interviewed last season for the Browns offensive coordinator position that eventually went to Shanahan. He stayed in Oakland and tutored
rookie quarterback Derek Carr as the Raiders quarterback coach last season.
DeFilippo was credited with Carr showing good promise going forward as he threw for 3,270 yards with 21 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and a 76.6 rating.
After Shanahan’s departure on Jan. 10, Pettine said he would go through the process of finding the right individual to lead the Browns offense.
“Our focus quickly turns to finding an outstanding coach to lead our offense and I am confident we will bring in highly qualified individuals to help us develop, improve, and achieve the success we are all seeking,” Pettine said after Shanahan’s departure. “I look forward to working with the staff as we go through this process to bring in coaches committed to helping the Cleveland Browns lay a strong foundation to take our offense to a consistently high level in the 2015 season and beyond.”
The Browns finished the regular season ranked 23rd in total offense, 20th in passing offense and 17th in rushing offense.
It is believed that Pettine wanted a coordinator who would continue a run-oriented style of offense with an unsettled quarterback situation. Brian Hoyer is an unrestricted free agent, while Johnny Manziel is coming back after a shaky rookie season.
DeFilippo started coaching in the NFL under Tom Coughlin with the Giants in 2005–06 as an offensive quality control coach. He was quarterbacks coach with the Raiders in 2007–08 before coaching with the Jets in 2009 and then at San Jose in 2010.
DeFillippo returned to the Raiders as the quarterback coach the past three seasons. This will be DeFilippo’s first NFL role as offensive coordinator, although he served in a similar role at San Jose State.
DeFilippo is the sixth offensive coordinator in the past six seasons for the Browns. Shanahan served in the role in 2014, while Norv Turner held the post in 2013. Brad Childress was the coordinator in 2012, while Pat Shurmur was his own coordinator in 2011. Brian Daboll was the coordinator under Eric Mangini in 2010. He was the last coordinator to hold the post for more than one season.
In recent days, several of the potential offensive coordinators that were linked to the Browns were hired elsewhere including Marc Trestman (Ravens), Chan Gailey (Bills), Al Saunders (Raiders) and Bill Callahan (Redskins). Former Rams head coach Mike Martz was linked to the Browns in recent days as was Anthony Lynn.
The Browns still are without a quarterback coach created by the departure of Dowell Loggains and a wide receivers coach due to the departure of Mike McDaniel. It is possible that DeFilippo could serve in both capacities, but unlikely.
DeFilippo is a native of Youngstown.