By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New Orleans Breakers have named John DeFilippo as their new head coach. This will be his first head coaching opportunity.
He sat out the 2022 season. DeFilippo was out of coaching for months before accepting the Breakers opportunity.
The NFL veteran coach was last with the Chicago Bears before accepting the Breakers head coaching job. He served as the Bears’ passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2021 season.
DeFilippo has worked with several high-profile quarterbacks. He worked with Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.
He helped then-offensive coordinator Frank Reich tutor Wentz into a career season in 2017. At the time, before a torn ACL in December of that year against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz was considered the favorite for the MVP Award.
DeFilippo has worked as a quarterback whisperer. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I couldn’t be more fired up, honored, and humbled to be the Breakers head coach,” said DeFilippo. “Our organization from top to bottom will work tirelessly to deliver a USFL championship to New Orleans fans. Our staff will be great, energetic teachers to help young men succeed at the highest level and continue their dream of playing professional football.”
The Breakers, who compete in the United Football League (UFL), finished the 2022 season with a 6-4 record. DeFilippo takes over for Larry Fedora, who decided to step down from his coaching responsibilities to spend more time with his family.
The team is expected to return quarterback Kevin Hogan, running back Marlon Mack, and wide receiver J.J. Nelson.
“We’re thrilled to get an accomplished leader and champion like John DeFilippo to be our New Orleans head coach,” said Brian Woods, President of Football Operations. “John has a highly respected offensive pedigree, and his passion is contagious. He shares our vision for the USFL to be an exciting, dominant, stand-alone professional spring football league. I know he’ll bring entertaining play to Breakers fans and be a positive impact on his players and coaching staff.”
DeFilippo has an extensive background in the NFL. In 2005, he joined the league as the New York Giants’ offensive quality control coach.
After two seasons with the Giants, he accepted his first position coaching opportunity with the Oakland Raiders as their quarterbacks coach.
He also coached with the New York Jets, Browns, Eagles, Vikings, and the Jaguars before joining the Bears.
In 2017, he served as the Eagles’ quarterback coach when the team went on to win Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Before joining the NFL, he served as a college coach with the Fordham Rams, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Columbia Lions, and the San Jose State Spartans.
DeFilippo was chosen by a search committee that included several people. Daryl Johnson, the current USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, current NBC Sports analyst Jason Garrett, NBC Sports executive Jon Miller, and Pro Football Hall of Fame General Manager Bill Polian were on the search committee.
“We were blessed to be able to create a talented Selection Committee with a unique perspective into multiple arenas of football. Their wisdom and passion for this great game were essential in ultimately choosing John DeFilippo as the new Breakers Head Coach. John impressed every member of the committee with his knowledge, organization, teaching skills, and passion for the game,” Johnston, also a FOX NFL analyst, said. “The USFL provides players the opportunity to live their dream of playing professional football and many are still chasing that NFL dream. Like all our USFL coaches, John’s passion is developing players, finding their “why” and helping them maximize their skill set to become the best player they can be.
“I’m excited to see the staff he assembles for New Orleans to help the Breakers players continue their football journey.”