Jets name Cavanaugh QBs coach

Updated: February 10, 2009, 9:14 AM ET
Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach Monday.

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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.


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