If we’ve learned anything about the Bears Head Coach search thus far, it’s that Mitch Trubisky’s continued development is clearly one of driving factors.
Indeed, the Bears seem to be wasting little time setting up interviews as many top candidates (with ties to QB development) as possible, as they’ve they’ve already requested meetings with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur.
And although we heard some rumblings of this already, you can probably now officially include Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo in the mix:
Plan is for Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo to interview for the Cardinals and Bears HC jobs on Friday/Saturday in Philly, per source.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 2, 2018
Unlike assistants on teams playing in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs, DeFilippo can interview as soon as this week, because the Eagles are on a bye after clinching the conference’s No. 1 seed.
[Carson] Wentz was a stud in 2017, and is among the favorites to land the NFL’s MVP award after completing 60.2 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns, limiting his interceptions to 7, and posting an impressive 101.9 passer rating. It’s the kind of leap Mitch Trubisky has eyes on making in 2018, so there aren’t too many better candidates equipped to help him in reaching that goal.
DeFilippo wasn’t calling plays in Philadelphia, but Carson Wentz’s progression from rookie with upside to NFL MVP candidate in just one year had made the 39-year-old a hot coaching candidate.
For what it’s worth, DeFilippo was the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator under Mike Pettine in 2015, a year in which the team finished 25th in total yards and 30th in points. But beyond that, DeFilippo had six years as a NFL quarterback coach with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, as well as five other seasons in that role as a college coach for San Jose State, Columbia, and Fordham.
After three years of an experienced, defensive-minded long-time head coach in John Fox, it sounds like the Bears will take a good look at his opposite. And that’s alright by me.