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Bears hire former Jags, Vikings OC John DeFilippo as new QB coach

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DeFilippo was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The Bears have made a few more moves to their offensive coaching staff.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Chicago has hired John DeFilippo to be their new quarterbacks coach. Current quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone has also been promoted to the role of passing game coordinator.

DeFilippo brings an impressive resume to the Bears’ coaching staff, having been interviewed for the team’s head coach position in 2018 before they decided on hiring Matt Nagy. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars this past season, and he held the same role for the Vikings for much of the 2018 season.

The 41-year-old DeFilippo is perhaps best heralded for his tenure as the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles from 2016 to 2017, during which he helped Carson Wentz put together a second-team All-Pro season in 2017. Philadelphia won the Super Bowl in his final season with the team with backup Nick Foles under center.

This is an intriguing hire, given DeFilippo’s reputation as an up-and-coming mind around the league. Though his two most recent coaching stints haven’t been fantastic, he also has a history of developing quarterbacks and being an intelligent offensive mind. He will be tasked with the responsibility of helping the Bears turn their offense around, along with Nagy, Ragone, and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.