After firing John Fox, the Bears are moving fast into the interview process to replace him. The team is setting up a meeting with Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.
The Cardinals are joining the fray as well. Minutes after Bruce Arians officially announced his retirement, a Cardinals request to interview DeFilippo for their HC job emerged, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. While the Bears are going to be competition, Ian Rapoport notes (on Twitter) Cards GM Steve Keim has had DeFilippo on his radar for a while.
The interview is expected to occur later this week, per Garofolo. DeFilippo has served in his current role since 2016, and in that time Carson Wentz transformed from Division I-FCS quarterback prospect to one-time MVP frontrunner.
Wentz threw 33 touchdown passes — an Eagles single-season record — in 13 games, and the 39-year-old DeFilippo will have a chance to vault two rungs on the NFL ladder largely because of the North Dakota State’s progress. DeFilippo did serve as the Browns’ OC but did so for one season (2015) before that staff was broken up, routing him to Philadelphia.