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John Morton (American football)

John Morton (born September 24, 1969) is an American football coach and currently the Senior Offensive Assistant for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He previously was the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, after having served as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator in the years before that at USC.

John Morton
John Morton before a 2008 game
Current position
TitleSenior offensive assistant
TeamOakland Raiders
Biographical details
Born (1969-09-24) September 24, 1969 (age 50)
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Playing career
1989–1990Grand Rapids CC
1991–1992Western Michigan
1993Oakland Raiders*
1993Green Bay Packers*
1994Oakland Raiders*
1995Jacksonville Jaguars*
1995Toronto Argonauts
1996Oakland Raiders*
1996Toronto Argonauts
1997Frankfurt Galaxy
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002–2004Oakland Raiders (OA/TE)
2005San Diego (WR)
2006New Orleans Saints (OA)
2007–2008USC (WR)
2009–2010USC (OC)
2011–2014San Francisco 49ers (WR)
2015–2016New Orleans Saints (WR)
2017New York Jets (OC)
2019-presentOakland Raiders (SOA)

Playing careerEdit

Morton played college football at Western Michigan.

He played professionally for the Canadian Football League Toronto Argonauts and on the practice squads of the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers.

Coaching careerEdit

After ending his playing career in 1997, Morton began working for the National Football League's Oakland Raiders, initially in the personnel department. In 2002, he took a coaching position in the organization, as a Senior Offensive Assistant on a team that made it to Super Bowl XXXVII under head coach Bill Callahan. After another year at the position, he was elevated to Tight Ends Coach for the 2004 season under new Raiders head coach Norv Turner. In 2005, he joined Jim Harbaugh's staff at the University of San Diego, a D-IAA college program, where he coached the passing game and wide receivers for a squad that went 11-1-0 and won the Pioneer Football League Championship. The following season, he took a position as an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints under head coach Sean Payton, who advanced to the 2006 NFC Championship game.

Morton joined USC in 2007, taking up a similar position to the one he held at San Diego. When offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian accepted a head coaching position with Washington, Morton was interviewed by head coach Pete Carroll as a candidate for the position.[1] As expected, Morton eventually got the job.[2] In 2017, he was hired by the New York Jets as an offensive coordinator. On January 17, 2018, Morton was subsequently fired.[3] In February 2019, Morton returned to Oakland as the Senior Offensive Assistant under Jon Gruden.


  1. ^ Klein, Gary (2008-12-08). "Two coaches with quite the resumes". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Klein, Gary (2008-12-13). "USC coaching staff may play musical chairs". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Rapoport, Ian (17 January 2018). "The #Jets have fired OC John Morton, source confirms (as @MMehtaNYDN reported)". @RapSheet. Retrieved 2018-01-17.

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