John DeFilippo wouldn’t have signed on to be the Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach if he didn’t know who his pupil would be and he didn’t think he could get that player to play at a high level.
Flip wouldn’t have had trouble finding a different job than the one he ended up taking and, according to Adam Jahns on the Hoge & Jahns Podcast, he did have other options.
But he didn’t take them. He signed on to coach Mitch Trubisky and any other quarterback they might add.
There were two schools of thought when Flip was announced as the team’s new quarterbacks coach.
1. The Bears were beefing up their coaching staff as much as possible for Mitch Trubisky
2. The Bears were going to use the knowledge of Flip and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to judge possible additions to the position.
While fans debated which thought process was right, both are probably true to an extent. But it certainly seems as if the Bears want to make Trubisky work before they go to the next option.