The Philadelphia Eagles hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as their quarterbacks coach, as expected. Here's the official confirmation:
#Eagles agree to terms with quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Read: https://t.co/8DMbh30kp9 pic.twitter.com/9wVylE6499— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 21, 2016
Here's what we wrote about DeFilippo earlier this week.
DeFilippo has spent much of his career as a quarterbacks coach: after spending 2005 and 2006 with the Giants as a quality control coach, he worked as the Raiders' quarterbacks coach for two seasons, and spent 2009 with the Jets in the same capacity. After a couple years in college at San Jose State, DeFilippo returned as Oakland's QB coach from 2012-2014. He spent last season as Cleveland's offensive coordinator.
This is a very intriguing addition to Pederson's staff. Under DeFilippo's tutelage, several Browns players had career seasons. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin finished the year with 966 yards and five touchdowns, well eclipsing his career numbers in both categories. And tight end Gary Barnidge burst on to the scene last season, racking up 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. And while no one seemed to have any luck with Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown was on pace for a 4,000 yard passing season before his injuries.
DeFilippo seems like a strong hire. He reportedly interviewed for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy and several other jobs this offseason. Now it only remains to be seen which quarterbacks he'll be coaching this year. Will Sam Bradford be part of the group?
Quarterback coach was one of the two positions the Eagles didn't list when they announced 15 hires on Wednesday evening. The other position is defensive line coach. According to BGN's own John Barchard, former Eagles defensive line coach Rory Segrest is expected to join the team in that role.