ESPN: DeFilippo returns as QB coach


John DeFilippo will rejoin offensive coodinator Greg Knapp and coach the Raiders’ quarterbacks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

DiFilippo has spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons coaching quarterbacks at San Jose State and was with the New York Jets in 2009. In 2007 and 2008, DeFilippo coached the Raiders quarterbacks, with Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter and JaMarcus Russell all getting playing time.

Oakland went without a quarterbacks coach last season, with head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Al Saunders handling the position.

DeFilippo becomes the third consecutive coach taken from the college ranks, following defensive coordinator Josh Tarver (Stanford) and wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore (USC).

In other news, NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora says Al Saunders will stay on with the Raiders as a senior assistant. He was the offensive coordinator last season under then-coach Hue Jackson. Saunders was replaced as offensive coordinator by Greg Knapp.
Also, the Raiders reportedly hired Keith Burns, presumably to be their defensive backs coach. The news comes from footballscoop.com/thescoop.
Burns was the defensive backs coach for Ole Miss in 2011 and Kansas State in 2010. Before that, he coached at San Jose State, Tulsa, Arkansas and Southern Cal, among others.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer