John Morton, in his second stint with the Silver and Black, enters his 11th overall season with the Raiders. Mor-ton, now in his third consecutive season as the club's senior offensive assistant, brings 18 years of NFL experience to the post.
During his coaching run, Morton has coached with Jon Gruden (Oakland, 1998-01, 2019-21), Bill Callahan (Oakland, 2002-03), Norv Turner (Oakland, 2004), Jim Harbaugh (University of San Diego, 2005 and San Francisco, 2011-14), Sean Payton (New Orleans, 2006, 2015-16), Pete Carroll (USC, 2007-09) and Lane Kiffin (USC, 2010). Those coaches have combined for over 500 victories in addition to six Super Bowl appearances.
Last season, Morton helped coach QB Derek Carr to one of his best seasons as a Raider, completing 348-of-517 pass attempts for a career-high 4,103 yards. Carr tossed 27 touch-downs with just nine interceptions for a career-high 101.4 passer rating, the second-highest passer rating recorded in a single season in franchise annals. Morton also helped guide two first-time Pro Bowlers in RB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller. Jacobs became the first rusher in franchise history to tally back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards to start his career, while Waller broke Hall of Famer WR Tim Brown's team record for most receptions in a single season (107).
Under Morton's direction, the Raiders offense produced one of the most successful campaigns in club history, ranking in the top-10 in nearly all major offensive categories, including points per game (27.1 – 10th), net yards per game (383.3 – eighth), passing yards per game (263.6 – seventh), sacks surrendered (28 – 10th) and third down percentage (46.0 percent – sixth). He also saw the offense record a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher for the second consecutive season after becoming the first offense to do so in franchise history in 2019.
Additionally, Morton helped oversee a wide receivers corps that posted an NFL-best average of 15.2 yards per reception, the highest average yards per reception by a Raiders wide receiving corps since 2004. Highlighted among the receivers was WR Nelson Agholor, who posted 48 receptions for a career-high 896 receiving yards while tying a career high with eight touchdown receptions. Six of Agholor's touchdown receptions were at least 20 yards, including five of which that were at least 40 yards, ranking second and tied for fourth in the NFL among all players, respectively. His 18.7 yards per reception marked a career high and ranked second in the NFL, while being etched in Raiders lore as the 10th-best mark all-time.
In his return to the Raiders in 2019, Morton helped oversee the development of Carr. In his sixth year in the NFL, Carr posted then-career highs in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9 avg.), completion percentage (70.4 percent), completions of at least 20 yards (54) and passer rating (100.8).
Morton oversaw the fourth 4,000-yard campaign in franchise history, as Carr became the first player in club annals to record two seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. Carr also became the second quarterback in team history to log a passer rating of at least 100 in a single season, joining Hall of Famer QB Ken Stabler. Additionally, Carr's completion percentage of 70.4 marked a new team record and stands as the eighth-best completion percent-age for a single season in NFL history.
Morton's success with Carr translated into improvements across the offense as a whole, as the unit improved its ranking in many statistical categories. The team finished 11th in net yards per game (363.7), seventh in third-down percentage (43.8 percent) and eighth in passer rating (101.0). The team also tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL with a total of eight interceptions, helping the club finish with just 17 turnovers on the year, the second-fewest in Raiders history and seventh-fewest in the NFL in 2019.
Morton served as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets in 2017. Under Morton's direction, QB Josh McCown completed a career-best 67.4 percent of his passes, a mark that ranked as the third-highest completion percentage in franchise history and fourth-best in the NFL that season. McCown also notched a passer rating of 94.5, the fourth-best rating in the AFC. Under Morton's tutelage, WR Robby Anderson set a career-high with 941 yards on 63 receptions, leading the team and ranking 19th in the NFL among wide receivers that season. Anderson also hauled in four touchdowns of at least 30 yards, tied for the second-most such scores in the NFL in 2017. WR Jermaine Kearse also enjoyed a career year, hauling in a personal-best 65 receptions for 810 yards and tying a career high with five receiving scores. Kearse's 810 yards on the season ranked 27th in the NFL among his position group.
Morton also guided RB Bilal Powell to career highs in rushing attempts (178), yards (772) and rushing touchdowns (five) in the same season. Additionally, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins posted career highs in receptions (50), receiving yards (357), and added three touchdowns. Seferian-Jenkins' 50 receptions ranked 13th among all NFL tight ends in 2017.
Prior to joining the Jets' staff in 2017, Morton spent two seasons in his return to the New Orleans Saints as the club's wide receivers coach, having previously served as an offensive assistant/passing game coach with the club in 2006. From 2015-16, Saints receivers led the league with a combined 507 receptions and 6,682 yards. Despite all having three-or-fewer years of experience, WRs Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas each produced over 1,100 yards on the year, while Cooks, Thomas, WRs Willie Snead IV and Brandon Coleman all collected multiple touchdowns in each of their seasons under Morton's guidance.
Before returning to New Orleans, Morton spent four years (2011-14) in San Francisco working as the wide receivers coach of the 49ers. During that span, WRs Anquan Boldin (2013-14) and Michael Crabtree (2012) each compiled 1,000-yard seasons. In the 2012 season, Crabtree finished 14th in the league with 1,105 yards, adding nine touchdowns. During their playoff run that season, Morton helped Crabtree to 285 yards on 20 receptions in addition to three scores, marks that all finished second in postseason play. Crabtree also led all receivers with 109 yards in the 49ers' Super Bowl XLVII appearance.
Ahead of his term with the 49ers, Morton worked collegiately with USC for four seasons (2007-10), spending the last two seasons as the school's offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach after beginning his stint with the team as a passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach. In 2005 he entered the collegiate ranks as a passing game/wide receivers coach under Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego. In his lone season with the school, Morton mentored QB Josh Johnson to program records in both completions and completion percentage.
From 1997-2004, Morton worked in a variety of roles for the Silver and Black, helping the club earn three consecutive divisional crowns from 2000-02, including a Super Bowl XXXVII appearance in 2002. Morton worked as a tight ends coach in 2004 after serving as a senior offensive assistant for the club from 2002-03, where he assisted WR Jerry Rice to a campaign of 90-plus receptions, 1,200-plus yards and seven scores. Morton spent the two seasons prior (2000-01) in an offensive quality control/wide receivers role. In 2001, Morton's Hall of Famers Brown and Rice combined for over 170 receptions, 2,400 yards and a total of 18 receiving touchdowns, and were the only teammates in the NFL to both record at least 80 receptions, 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns. From 1998-99, Morton was tasked with overseeing the offense in the capacity of offensive assistant/wide receivers coach, while spending his inaugural season with the Raiders in the personnel department in 1997.
PERSONAL: Native of Rochester Hills, Mich. ...Entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1993, where he spent time as a member of the Oakland Raiders' practice squad in 1993-94, while also stopping with the Green Bay Packers in 1993...Participated in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 before returning to Raiders training camp in 1996...Played two seasons (1995-96) for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts and later with the World League's Frankfurt Galaxy in Spring of 1997...Played two years (1991-92) as a wide receiver for Western Michigan, where he finished eighth in receiving yards and 10th in receptions as a senior en route to earning All-Mid-American Conference honors...Spent two years at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College prior to joining the Broncos...Earned a degree in general studies from Western Michigan in 1997...He and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters, Tierney Rose and Sage Marie.