John Morton returns to Oakland for his second stint as a Raider, while entering his ninth overall season with the Silver and Black. Morton, named senior offensive assistant, brings 16 years of NFL experience to the post.
During his coaching run, Morton has coached with Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden (Oakland, 1998-01), 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.
In his most recent stint in the NFL, 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 helped 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 WRs Tim 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.