Dawg Pound Journal: Josh McCown eager to reunite with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo

by Alex Salamon | Mar 03, 2015
Kevin Jones, Staff Writer

Two developed chemistry together with Raiders in 2007

Flip and McCown

New Browns quarterback Josh McCown played without an offensive coordinator last season.

Wait, what?

The Buccaneers hired Jeff Tedford in the offseason to lead the offense, but a heart procedure during the preseason left the former University of Cal-Berkley head coach unable to work for the entire season. First-time quarterbacks coach, 35-year-old Marcus Arroyo, was handed the play-calling responsibilities and, subsequently, Tampa Bay ranked 30th in total offense.

Reporters close to the Buccaneers said McCown had to take on the added responsibility of helping install the offense each week. So, when he became a free agent in February, one of McCown’s top priorities in making his choice was stability at the offensive coordinator position. Because of his history with John DeFilippo, who tutored McCown as the quarterbacks coach with the Raiders in 2007, the veteran was sold about the direction of Cleveland’s offense

“That’s where the cool thing for me during the visit was just sitting with Flip and seeing how much he has evolved and grown as a coach and the ideas and things he likes to do,” McCown said during a conference call with reporters Monday. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited about the opportunities to play in Flip’s system.

“I think if you look at what this group was able to do last year running the football, it’s certainly encouraging to know we can do that, have that kind of ground game. I think building on that will be key for us, and that’s the fun part of this year is coming together and seeing the pieces that you’ve got and really building it together.”

Tune in to Cleveland Browns Daily today when DeFilippo will join Nathan Zegura and Matt Wilhelm for an enlightening segment about the Browns’ new offense.