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Bears Promote John DeFilippo to Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator

DeFilippo has absorbed Dave Ragon’s responsibilities as Passing Game Coordinator, the Bears announced today

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The Chicago Bears announced Monday that John DeFilippo was being promoted to Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator. DeFilippo previously held the Quarterbacks Coach position while Dave Ragone, now the Offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, was the Passing Game Coordinator.

DeFilippo, who came to the Bears in 2020, has had a fairly long career as an NFL coach, holding positions with the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Most recently, he was the Offensive Coordinator with the Jaguars in 2019, and held the same position with the Vikings in 2018. Prior to that, he worked with one Carson Wentz as QB Coach for the Eagles.

Some may be reading into this promotion as a sign that a trade for Wentz is imminent (there have also been reports that he was pushing for the Bears to acquire Wentz), which may well be the case. However, DeFilippo also worked with another QB that the Bears are rumored to be interested in, Derek Carr. DeFilippo served as the QB Coach for the Raiders from 2012-2014, which includes Carr’s rookie season. Probably means nothing, but it’s something to keep in mind as we wait for news on the Bears next move.

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