The Chicago Bears have endured a bad COVID-19 outbreak over the past week. All three coordinators -- Bill Lazor (offense), Sean Desai (defense), and Chris Tabor (special teams) -- entered COVID protocols. In the event of all or some not being available for Monday night, the Bears have a plan. John DeFilippo will fill in as offensive coordinator, Mike Pettine is the backup defensive coordinator, and Brian Ginn will assume special teams coordinator duties.
Interim Coordinator Resumes
John DeFilippo has been with the Bears the last two years as quarterbacks coach. He has worn the offensive headset before, however. DeFilippo was the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars (2019), Vikings (2018), and Browns (2015). He also held quarterbacks coaching roles for the Eagles (2016-2017) and Raiders (2012-2014). If the Bears end up needing a fill-in, DeFilippo fits the script.
Mike Pettine joined the Bears this season to help new defensive coordinator Sean Desai as a defensive assistant. Pettine has been all over the NFL. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the Packers (2018-2020), Bills (2013), and Jets (2009-2012). Pettine was also the head coach of the Browns (2014-2015) and a consultant for the Seahawks (2017). Like DeFilippo, he brings plenty of experience to his respective role.
Brian Ginn is in his second year as the Bears' special teams assistant coordinator. Prior to assuming that role, he was an offensive quality control coach. Before his stint in Chicago, Ginn held multiple position coach jobs for the University of Delaware.