The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be losing quarterback coach John DeFilippo to the Bears. Chicago is hiring Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to be their head coach, according to a report from the Chicago Sun Times. UPDATE: The Bears have officially confirmed the news.
The Bears are one of two teams that requested to interview Flip. The other team is the Arizona Cardinals.
With Chicago out of the way, only four head coaching vacancies remain: Cardinals, Giants, Colts, and Lions. It’s still possible one of those teams hires Flip but the Bears passing on him certainly decreases his odds. The same goes for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who has been connected to the openings in New York and Arizona.
Recent buzz indicates Flip might not be a lock to get a head coaching job due to the concern of his ability to hire a coaching staff around him.
People very close to Philly think DeFilippo is a solid candidate but a year away. Doubt he can put together a strong staff. Some names floated as potential coaches prove that.
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) January 7, 2018
Have been told that if John DeFilippo gets an HC job this year, he’ll look to take WRC Mike Groh & assistant DL coach Phillip Daniels from Philly with him.
Also keep an eye on Todd Downing as Flip’s QB coach. #Bears
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) January 6, 2018
But just because Flip might not get a head coaching job doesn’t guarantee he’ll be back with the Eagles in 2018. As I wrote earlier on Monday:
His contract is reportedly up once the Eagles’ season ends. He could still pursue an offensive coordinator job somewhere if he misses out on being a head coach.
Nagy — a Dunellen, New Jersey native — spent time on Andy Reid’s coaching staff in Philadelphia from 2008-2012. Reid brought him to Kansas City as his quarterbacks coach. Nagy was then promoted to offensive coordinator after the Eagles hired Doug Pederson away from the Chiefs in 2016.
Reid’s impressive coaching tree continues to blossom.