Jets add DeFillipo to coaching staff

The New York Jets announced the hiring of Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh and Assistant Quarterbacks Coach John DeFilippo.

The team also announced that it has retained Ben Kotwica as assistant special teams coach and Brian Smith as quality control – defense. The announcements were made by Head Coach Rex Ryan.

Cavanaugh (Youngstown, OH/Pittsburgh) joins the Jets after four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Cavanaugh, who played 14 NFL seasons for four teams (Patriots, 49ers, Eagles, Giants), has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, serving as an offensive coordinator for the Ravens (1999-2004) and the Bears (1997-98) and as quarterbacks coach for the 49ers (1996) and Cardinals (1994-95). He began his coaching career at Pitt as tight ends coach in 1993. As a player, he won a National Championship for Pitt in 1976 and Super Bowls as a backup quarterback with the 49ers in 1984 and the Giants in 1990. As a coach, he earned a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000.

DeFilippo (Youngstown, OH/James Madison) joins the Jets after two seasons as the Raiders quarterbacks coach and two seasons as an offensive quality control assistant with the Giants. Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, he was the quarterbacks coach at Columbia University for two seasons and a graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame for two seasons, working with wide receivers and tight ends in 2001 and quarterbacks in 2002. He started his coaching career at Fordham University in 2000. DeFilippo was a four-time all-conference academic quarterback at James Madison while holding NFL summer coaching internships in 1997 (Panthers) and 1998 (Colts).

Kotwica (Tinley Park, IL/Army) has spent the last two seasons as a coach with the title of quality control – defense/special teams. He came to the Jets after two seasons as the defensive coordinator at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.

Smith (Wilmington, DE/Massachusetts) moves to defense after two seasons with the Jets as a coach with the title, quality control – offense. He came to the Jets after three years as a coach at his alma mater where he tutored the linebackers for one year and the wide receivers for two seasons.


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