Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote an article discussing who he feels is the most intriguing figure, whether he is a player or a coach, for each of the 32 teams in the NFL. When it came to the Cleveland Browns, La Canfora picked new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo:
John DeFilippo, offensive coordinator: This group was a mess in the second half of last season and the talent on offense is hard to find and now a rookie coordinator is taking the reigns after Kyle Shanahan pulled off the coup of the decade to get out of his deal. The easy headline would be Johnny Manziel here, but I don't expect him to see the field much at all, and DeFilippo will have his hands full culling production out of this group in what could be a make-or-break season for head coach Mike Pettine. Constant change has been a hallmark of owner Jimmy Haslam's reign in Cleveland.
If you recall, La Canfora is the one who trashed the Browns this offseason as many speculated that his primary "source" what departed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. La Canfora can't help himself when it comes to throwing another dig at the Browns, referencing Shanahan's departure as "the coup of the decade to get out of his deal." Really? Talk about an exaggeration.
What I can buy is the fact that DeFilippo is the Browns' most intriguing figure, but here is the real reason why: he is more of a "Mike Pettine guy." After the lack of harmony that existed among coaches and/or the front office last season, the Browns made the effort to get everybody on the same page this offseason. Cleveland had their eye on DeFilippo even prior to last offseason, and we've already heard about some of his coaching strategies during OTAs.