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John DeFilippo

Pass Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks

College: James Madison

Hometown: Youngstown, OH


John DeFilippo enters his second season with the Bears and his first as the team's Pass Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach. He has 23 years of coaching experience, including 16 in the NFL, as he begins his fourth opportunity as an NFL coordinator.

In his first season in 2020 as a quarterbacks coach, DeFilippo mentored QBs Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles through a preseason competition. Trubisky won and started the first three games of the season, going 3-0, before the team made the switch to Foles as he threw for more than 1,800 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven starts. An injury to Foles later gave way to Trubisky to re-claim the job in the second half of the season, and over the final six games the Bears averaged 30.2 points per game. Trubisky led the way, completing 73.9 percent of his passes for 1,253 yards, seven touchdowns and three INTs with a combined rating of 101.9 over the final five games. Trubisky also would go on to tie a franchise record by completing 67.0 percent of his passes in his nine starts.

Prior to his arrival in Chicago, DeFilippo spent the 2019 season as the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville where he helped rookie Gardner Minshew throw for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions to go along with 344 rushing yards in 14 games (12 starts). Under DeFilippo's tutelage, Minshew was named the NFL Rookie of the Week seven times. No other rookie won the award more than once in 2019.

Prior to Jacksonville, DeFilippo spent the 2018 season as the OC for the Vikings where he helped QB Kirk Cousins break multiple NFL records, including the most consecutive games with 30-plus completions (four) and the most passing completions in the month of September (131), a record previously set by Tom Brady in 2002 (129). Cousins became the first player in NFL history to record at least 30 TDs and 4,000 passing yards while completing over 70 percent of his passes with 10 or fewer INTs. He also helped WR Adam Thielen set the NFL record for the most receptions through the first eight games of a season (74) while Thielen became the first player in NFL history to register 100-plus receiving yards in each of the team's first eight games of a season.

Prior to arriving in Minnesota, DeFilippo spent two seasons (2016-17) as the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia, winning Super Bowl LII in 2018, while guiding QB Carson Wentz to a single-season franchise-record 33 touchdowns and the third-best passing rating in club history (101.9). After a season-ending ACL injury to Wentz, DeFilippo turned to Nick Foles, who threw for 971 yards and six TDs in three postseason contests. Foles led the Eagles with a 373-yard, three-TD effort against New England en route to earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors. In 2016, DeFilippo helped Wentz set rookie franchise records in pass attempts (607), passing yards (3,782) and completion percentage (62.4 percent).

In 2015 as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, DeFilippo's offense amassed 4,000-plus gross passing yards and 1,500-plus rushing yards in the same season for the first time since 1986, while three different QBs earned starts under center.

Before his time in Cleveland, DeFilippo served as the quarterbacks coach for the Raiders for three seasons (2012-14). In 2012, QB Carson Palmer threw for the second-most yards in Raiders history (4,018) in addition to 22 touchdown passes. He also tutored QB Derek Carr, who led all rookies in completions (348), passing yards (3,270) and passing TDs (21).

Collegiately, the Youngstown, Ohio, native was a four-year letterman at James Madison, where he helped the Dukes to a Colonial Conference Championship as a senior in 1999.

DeFilippo's father, Gene, coached at Youngstown State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, in addition to serving as the associate athletics director at Kentucky and athletic director at Villanova and Boston College.

DeFilippo married his wife, Kari, in July 2014. They have a daughter, Reece, who was born in July 2020.