Bears Coach Admits He’s Hearing All The Firing Rumors Out There

The Chicago Bears appear to be close to tearing down their entire coaching staff. And while Matt Nagy refuses to go into detail about how he feels about his job security, his assistants aren’t as afraid to admit the obvious.

When speaking about the rumors circulating throughout the city, Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo got candid when speaking about the possibility of being fired in the future.

“To say that you don’t think about it would be a lie,” DeFilippo said via NBC Chicago. “Because you do have family and friends, and I consider a lot of people I work with lifelong friends.”


John DeFilippo would go on to say that his previous stops have made him more easy going when it comes to the idea that he could be gone at any moment.

“I’ve been around,” DeFilippo said. “I’ve seen my father sued by the state. I’ve seen a lot of things in my life. I’ve seen my father at Vanderbilt, our staff almost get fired. We got to Kentucky, the whole basketball scandal. We thought we were getting fired. It’s just a world I’ve grown up in.

“I’ve experienced it as a kid. I’ve experienced it as a professional. It’s pretty well documented the times I’ve been let go. I think you, over time with maturity, I think you block out the noise because it’s yourself and you’re doing everything you can to control what you can control.”

Even if John DeFilippo realizes that the rumors come with the territory, he admitted that it doesn’t mean he’s completely unfazed by all of it.

“The people you worry about are actually the people that are outside in the noise—my wife and my daughter. Those are the people you worry about. My friends. My mom and dad. They read those things, because they have time to and they love me. So those are the people you worry about.

“We’re so insulated here in this building for however many hours a day that it’s like our fortress. It really is. A lot of the noise gets kept out of the fortress, and we’re fortunate for that. But it is what it is.

“So to say that you don’t think about it or feel it, it’s a lie. Because you do. It’s more so for other people than yourself.”

John DeFilippo was the QB coach in Philly during their dream run to the Super Bowl in 2017. And he’s also had a run in Jacksonville and Minnesota before landing with Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears.

In a matter of weeks, he could be looking for his next opportunity.

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