The Raiders are reportedly bringing back a familiar face to coach their quarterbacks.John Defilippo, who was Oakland's QB coach in 2007 and 2008 and has spent the past two seasons at San Jose State as the Spartans' quarterbacks coach, is returning to the same position on new coach Dennis Allen's staff, according to ESPN. The Raiders have yet to make an announcement or confirm the hiring. Oakland did not have a QB coach in name last season as Al Saunders, who was the offensive coordinator under Hue Jackson, basically fulfilled that duty.In Defilippo's tenure with the Raiders, he coached under then (and new) offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Defilippo also tutored JaMarcus Russell and the former No. 1 overall draft pick somewhat credited Defilippo with finding out why he was always so tired."In the NFL, my first year, I had to be there at 6:30 (a.m.) before practice and be on the treadmill for an hour," Russell told Sports Illustrated in an Oct. 31, 2011 article. "Then meetings come, I sit down, eat my fruit. We watch film, and maybe I got tired. Coach Flip pulled me aside and said, 'What are you doing for night life?' I said, 'Coach, I'm just chilling.' He said, 'I need to get you checked out.' I did the sleep test, and they said I had apnea."Defilippo, who turns 34 on April 12, also worked with Daunte Culpepper, Josh McCown, Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo in his two years in Oakland.Now, with only Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor under contract, Defilippo seemingly has a more defined job description.Defilippo has also worked in the NFL for the New York Giants (offensive quality control coach, 2005-06 ) and New York Jets (assistant QB coach, 2009).
SARASOTA, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars tried to take Raiders receiver Amari Cooper out of Sunday’s game. Sticky corner Jalen Ramsey shadowed the second-year pro, and was effective making quarterback Derek Carr look the other way.
It wasn’t that Ramsey dominated every play. Carr simply had more favorable options available.
Michael Crabtree was the best one. He turned the Jaguars game on its ear with a touchdown catch, a third-down conversion and a massive bomb caught over his shoulder for 56 yards.
Carr targeted Crabtree 11 times in Jacksonville, with eight completions for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Teams scheming against Cooper operate at their own peril this season, because that typically leaves Crabtree in a juicy matchup.
That was the case in Week 7, but it doesn’t always work that way.
Opponents also fear Crabtree, and for good reason. He has been clutch in the season’s first half, likely playing the best football of his career.
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t want Crabtree to have a big day in Week 6, and put top-flight cornerback Marcus Peters – who can’t keep up with Cooper’s speed – on his trail. Crabtree was largely negated in that effort, though Cooper dominated to the tune of 10 receptions for 129 yards on 13 targets. Crabtree, by far Carr’s most frequent receiver, was only thrown to four times.
Carr’s message to future opponents from those two games: pick your poison.
“You have to always be ready for everything, and I think that our staff does an amazing job of giving me a lot of options for those instances,” Carr said at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, before Wednesday's practice. “If they’re going to take away (Cooper) this game, we have to get the other guys going. If they’re going to take ‘Crab’ away, we have to get the other guys going.
“What’s great about that (position group) is they’re all good with it. We just want to win. That’s what it comes down to, how can we push the ball down the field… I think our staff does an amazing job of filling that kind of stuff out if they’re trying to take one or the other away.”
Fluctuating target counts can be frustrating for receivers, who are often considered divas demanding the football at all times. The Raiders don’t have those personalities, a luxury quarterbacks dream about.
“We’re together, man,” Crabtree said. “We’re trying to win by any means. We know what’s at stake and I feel like we’re doing everything it takes to win.”
Sometimes, that means being unselfish. Ignoring stats can be tough for wideouts, but that isn’t an issue with two top receivers under contract an extended stretch.
Cooper and Crabtree have different playing styles and personality types, yet yin and yang in this Raiders offense without issue.
“We complement each other well,” Cooper said. “Having multiple options is really great to have, especially guys that threaten defenses.”
DENVER -- Authorities say a fan has died after falling 60 feet at the Denver Broncos' stadium after a game on Monday night.
Stadium Management Co., which operates Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said the fan fell over a railing.
The medical examiner's office said Tuesday the man was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was identified as 36-year-old Jason Coy.
Denver police say he was sitting on a railing when he fell. Witnesses and emergency responders immediately tried to help.
The incident occurred near the north end of the stadium following the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans.
In a statement, the Broncos said the team is "reviewing this tragic incident and will continue to maintain all necessary safety measures for our fans."