Report: John DeFilippo has been relieved of his duties as Cleveland's offensive coordinator

Hue Jackson has decided to let Browns offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, entertain other opportunities for next season.

The Browns reportedly offered offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, the opportunity to stay with the team in the new regime, should the new coach want him aboard. 

As it turns out, Hue Jackson had other ideas. 

DeFilippo was informed on Saturday that he was released from his contract, allowing him to pursue opportunities with other teams, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Our very own Lane Adkins had the news yesterday for our subscribers on "The Fast Lane" and "ATI." 

Caplan also reported that Jackson himself will call the plays for the Browns this season, though he didn't specify whether or not Jackson would be the team's offensive coordinator. 

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Jackson, who has spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, expressed his desire to call plays, but didn't specify that he would do so for the Browns in 2016. 

"Boy, I love calling plays I do, but I’m going to do whatever I think is the right thing for this organization," Jackson said. "Obviously, we are going to look to find the best coaches in the world to come here and if that means Hue Jackson needs to slide over and give someone else that opportunity I will. But I know I will always be itching and scratching and wanting to do it because I have a pretty good feel for what it takes to be successful in this league."


Clearly, Jackson felt as though he was the best man for the job, after taking a couple of days to evaluate the team's coaching staff and what it needed next season. 

As for DeFilippo, it has been reported that the offensive coordinator has receieved significant interest from other organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. 

DeFilippo met with the 49ers amidst their coaching search, but it remains to be seen where he will land. 

In 2015, DeFilippo helped the Browns passing game to improve, but when all was said and done, the team finished 21st in the NFL in passing yards and 25th in the league in total offensive yardage. 

On Friday, it was also reported that Browns quarterback coach, Kevin O'Connell, will not be retained by Jackson, despite helping Johnny Manziel show immense growth from 2014 to 2015. 


Instead, Jackson will bring in his own QB coach, according to reports. 

Maybe a final determining factor in both the release of DeFilippo and the decision of Jackson to call the plays was a meeting between the Browns head coach and former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton. 


Hamilton was fired by the Colts on November 3, 2015 and was replaced by former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski in Indianapolis. 

He was originally hired as the Colts offensive coordinator in 2013, after spending time with Andrew Luck as Stanford's offensive coordinator and QB coach from 2011 to 2012. 

The Browns have reportedly expressed interest in Minnesota Vikings running backs coach, Kirby Wilson, to be the team's running game coordinator next season, but he will need permission from the Vikings to leave his current position. 

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