Jets Continue with Coaching Moves

The Jets announced the hiring of quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and assistant quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. The team also announced assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica and quality control-defense coach Brian Smith have been retained.

Cavanaugh spent the previous four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Cavanaugh has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, serving as an offensive coordinator for the Ravens (2000-2004) and the Bears (1997-1998) and as quarterbacks coach for the 49ers (1996) and Cardinals (1994-1995). He began his coaching career with the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, serving as a tight ends coach. Cavanaugh also played 14 NFL seasons (Patriots, 49ers, Eagles, Giants), winning Super Bowls as a backup quarterback with the 49ers (1984) and Giants (1990).

DeFilippo joins the Jets after two seasons as the Raiders quarterbacks coach and two years as an offensive quality control assistant with the Giants. He started his coaching career at Fordham University in 2000. He later was the quarterbacks coach at Colombia University for two seasons and a graduate assistant coach with Notre Dame for two seasons, where he worked with wide receivers and tight ends in 2001 and quarterbacks in 2002.

Kotwica has spent the previous two seasons with the Jets. Prior to joining the Jets, he spent two seasons as a defensive coordinator at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.

Smith has moved to defense, after spending the previous two seasons as quality control-offense coach. He arrived with the Jets after coaching the linebackers and wide receivers at his alma mater University of Massachusetts.

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