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Bears hire John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach and promote Dave Ragone

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CHICAGO -- Matt Nagy's shakeup to his offensive coaching staff is significant enough to include a new position, an internal promotion and a familiar outside name.

Nagy has hired John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach and promoted incumbent quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone to passing game coordinator. ESPN first reported the hires, which a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday evening.

Nagy fired three offensive assistants after the Bears finished fourth-to-last in the NFL in points per game and second-to-last in yards per play. A little more than two weeks later, there's improving clarity about who is joining the staff but significant questions about each coach's role and responsibilities.

DeFilippo was one of six candidates the Bears interviewed for their head coaching vacancy in 2018. They interviewed Nagy the day after meeting with Filippo and hired him instead.

DeFilippo was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator in 2019, but they fired him Monday, the same day the Bears agreed to make Bill Lazor their offensive coordinator.

 

Lazor is still on board, which creates a bit of a public mystery about who will be responsible for what as Nagy tries to jump-start quarterback Mitch Trubisky's development and manufacture progress from an offense that regressed in the coach's second season.

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