Browns To Fire OC John DeFilippo

The Browns have informed offensive coordinator John DeFilippo that he will be released from his contract, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan (via Twitter). The reporter adds that head coach Hue Jackson will call the offensive plays in 2016, meaning he’ll presumably go without an offensive coordinator.

John DeFilippoJackson said yesterday that the Browns would likely go into next season without an OC. Jackson called plays the past two seasons with the Bengals, and he also had similar duties as head coach of the Raiders in 2011. Still, the new head coach is eyeing some big names for his coaching staff, having interviewed ex-Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton yesterday. Earlier today, ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted that Hamilton was considering the position of assistant head coach with Cleveland. The team has also reportedly been eyeing Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson.

DeFilippo has been coaching since 2000, when he spent several years on the staff for Fordham, Notre Dame and Columbia. He got his first NFL gig as the offensive quality control coordinator with the Giants in 2005, and he’d go on to be the quarterbacks coach for the Raiders (two tenures), the Jets, and San Jose State. In early 2015, DeFilippo was hired as the Browns offensive coordinator. Mary Kay Cabot of tweets that the coach still had two years left on his contract, which the Browns will be responsible for.

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  1. Joe mcrobie

    This guy will het another oc job this season. Wish they could have kept him but i understand that hue wants his own guys.

    • Miklo916

      Hue what to call plays. Read the story

      • I understand Hue wants to call the plays and I’m not opposed to him firing DeFilippo, but I think it would be best for him to hire some sort of OC, unless he plans on giving position coaches/pass and run coordinators more responsibility. Would take some of the pressure off of him and if he struggles, for whatever reason, to handle the duties of play calling, game management and other duties of a head coach, he can easily defer play calling duties to someone else.

  2. Silent_Partner

    Do you blame him with all the inside the building OC promotions this year? People wonder why these coaches just hire all their friends. Well, just look at Tom Coughlin and Lovie Smith for how it goes when you don’t.

    • Coaches hire their friends because they usually share a same vision/system for the offense/defense/special teams. Also its easier to get along with each other if you know the guy well. Plus, a holdover assistant coach might be a little more rebellious because of the whole “you didn’t hire me, I’m not going to be your yes man” type of thing.

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