| The Official Website of the Chicago Bears


John DeFilippo


College: James Madison

Hometown: Youngstown, OH


John DeFilippo was hired as quarterbacks coach on Jan. 16, 2020. He brings 22 years of coaching experience, including 15 in the NFL, to the Bears.

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).

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.