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Dave Ragone

Quarterbacks

College: Louisville

Hometown: Middleburg Heights, OH

Biography

Dave Ragone is in his fourth season as the Bears quarterbacks coach after being hired by the team on January 22, 2016.

Ragone has seven years NFL coaching experience, including spending the 2013 season as the Tennessee Titans quarterbacks coach. He joined the Bears from Washington where he spent the 2015 season as an offensive quality control coach.

In his second season working with Ragone, QB Mitchell Trubisky earned 2019 Pro Bowl honors after throwing for 3,233 yards with 24 touchdowns in 14 games. Trubisky became just the sixth QB in team history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. Also, his four games of a passer rating of at least 120.0 are the most in Bears single-season history and his four games of at least 300 yards passing are tied for the most in club single-season annals. Trubisky was named Week 10 NFC Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another score. In a Week 4 win over Tampa Bay, Trubisky completed 19 of 26 passes for 354 yards and a career-best 6 touchdown passes – one shy of the NFL and franchise record – for a 154.6 passer rating. His efforts earned him NFL FedEx Air Player of the Week honors. 

In 2017, Mitchell Trubisky went 4-8 in his 12 starts as a rookie under Ragone’s watch. He set Bears rookie records with 2,193 passing yards and 196 completions and rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 182.8 passing yards per game while completing 59.4 percent of his throws. Through his final five games, Trubisky completed more than 67 percent of his passes, which was 5th best in the NFL.

In 2016, the Bears offense set marks in franchise single-season history for gross passing yards (4,139; third), net passing yards (3,969; third) and passing first downs (211; second) despite starting three different quarterbacks (Matt Barkley – 6; Jay Cutler – 5; Brian Hoyer – 5). 

Prior to joining the Bears, Ragone worked on an offensive coaching staff that helped Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to the fifth-highest passer rating in the NFL (101.6), including a 29:11 touchdown to interception ratio and an NFL-best 69.8 completion percentage in 2005. 

Before joining Washington, Ragone worked as an assistant coach in Tennessee, overseeing the quarterbacks in 2013 after coaching the wide receivers from 2011-12. In 2013, Ragone worked with QB Jake Locker who had a 99.0 passer rating before injuries derailed his season. Locker finished with an 86.7 passer rating in seven starts (4-3 record). 

As a wide receivers coach, Ragone helped Nate Washington to a career-high 1,023 receiving yards in 2011, the Titans first 1,000-yard receiver since 2004. Washington added career-highs in receptions (74) and receiving touchdowns (seven) that season. A year later, under Ragone’s coaching, Kendall Wright tied for the NFL lead among rookies with 64 receptions.

Ragone also worked as a quarterbacks coach for the Hartford Colonials in 2010, helping Josh McCown lead the UFL in passer rating and touchdown passes. 

As an NFL player, Ragone spent three seasons as quarterback with the Houston Texans (2003-05) appearing in two games. He also spent time with the Berlin Thunder in 2005 being named NFL Europe Offensive MVP honors while leading the league in passer rating (97.5) and setting an NFLE record by throwing 174 consecutive passes without an interception.

A three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year at Louisville, Ragone led the Cardinals to three consecutive bowl games. The Middleburg Heights, Ohio native was an All-State selection at St. Ignatius H.S. in Cleveland. He and his wife, Marju, have three children, Isabella, Anderson and Cristiano.

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