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).
The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.
That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.
Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game.
In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.
There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.
Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage.
Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.
A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.
Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.
Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.
ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.
While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.
Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.
The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.