The New York Jets hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach Monday.
Cavanaugh, who spent 14 seasons in the NFL, was the offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh
the past four years. He'll oversee the Jets' quarterbacks,
including Brett Favre - if he decides to return for a 19th season.
Favre is expected to make a decision on his future within the
next few weeks. The Jets also have Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff
and Erik Ainge on the roster.
New coach Rex Ryan also hired John DeFilippo as assistant
quarterbacks coach, and retained Ben Kotwica as assistant special
teams coach and Brian Smith as quality control-defense.
Cavanaugh, 52, has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, serving
as an offensive coordinator for Baltimore (1999-2004) and Chicago
(1997-98) and as quarterbacks coach for San Francisco (1996) and
Arizona (1994-95). After helping Pitt to a national championship in
1976, he served as a backup on Super Bowl-winning teams with the
49ers in 1985 and the New York Giants in 1991.
DeFilippo spent the past two seasons as Oakland's quarterbacks
coach after two years as an offensive quality control assistant
with the Giants.
Kotwica has spent the last two seasons as the Jets' quality
control defense-special teams coach. Smith moves to defense after
two seasons as the quality control-offense coach.