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12 things you might not know about John DeFilippo


After interviewing several candidates, the Cleveland Browns have selected their next offensive coordinator: John DeFilippo.

Here's exactly who the Browns are getting in the 36-year-old coach.

1) DeFilippo has been coaching quarterbacks with the Oakland Raiders since 2012, most recently helping Derek Carr throw for 21 touchdowns, just 12 interceptions and 3,270 passing yards. Carr was fifth in NFL with 71 passes of 20-plus yards in the air.  And in 2012, Carson Palmer finished with the second-most passing yards (4,018) in Raiders franchise history.

2) Carr said DeFilippo "threw everything at him" and the Raiders gradually gave the rookie more freedom at the line of scrimmage to audible. Read on

3) Qualities DeFilippo likes in quarterbacks: smarts and character. Watch on

4) DeFilippo has been an offensive coordinator before, at the college level with San Jose State. He called the plays in 2011 and the Spartans moved up 32 spots in their offensive ranking. DeFilippo played a big hand in recruiting quarterback David Fales, who would go on to break multiple school records.

5) Also interesting: He was the JV offensive coordinator at Fordham back in 2000, his first official coaching gig.

6) Mike Pettine coached with DeFilippo in 2009 with the New York Jets. DeFilippo assisted quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh with then-rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets made it all the way to the AFC Championship game.

7)  At this time last year, DeFilippo interviewed for the Browns offensive coordinating position that ultimately went to Kyle Shanahan.

8) He often goes by the nickname of "Flip."

9) His NFL career began with the New York Giants as a quality control coordinator.

10)  DeFilippo was a quarterback himself in college, at James Madison University in Virginia and helped the Dukes win a conference title in 1999.

11)  DeFilippo was always was interested in becoming a coach and held summer internships with the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers while he was still in college.

12)  He's a native of Youngstown, Ohio.

We will have much more coverage later in the week on DeFilippo's introduction.

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