After losing Larry Fedora in the offseason, the team finally fills that hole with an NFL veteran. Defilippo has coached in the NFL for decades, and now gets his first crack at being a head coach – this time, in the USFL.
“We’re thrilled to get an accomplished leader and champion like John DeFilippo to be our New Orleans head coach. I know he’ll bring entertaining play to Breakers fans and be a positive impact on his players and coaching staff.” -Brian Woods, USFL President of Football Operations pic.twitter.com/9pagLG1XOH
Brian Woods, Daryl Johnston, Jason Garrett, and other USFL executives led the charge to bring in a qualified candidate. It seems like the league has found their guy, and DeFilippo is fired up to be a part of it:
“I couldn’t be more fired up, honored, and humbled to be the Breakers head coach…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 USFL is just as excited to welcome him to the league. Brian Woods, USFL President of Football Operations, said this about the hiring:
“We’re thrilled to get an accomplished leader and champion like John DeFilippo to be our New Orleans head coach. I know he’ll bring entertaining play to Breakers fans and be a positive impact on his players and coaching staff.”
Defilippo is no stranger to Championship teams. He was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, helping lead them to a super bowl win as QB coach. John also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, and interestingly enough, it coincided with Kyle Sloter’s time there as well.
As April quickly approaches, we couldn’t be more excited to see what other big announcements the USFL has coming our way. Stay tuned, as there is plenty more to come!
New Orleans Breakers fans, what do you think about this hire? Is John Defilippo the right guy to be your new head coach? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!
USFL Hires John DeFilippo as New Orleans Breakers Head Coach
NFL veteran offensive coach will lead Breakers team
that made USFL playoffs in 2022 inaugural season
NEW ORLEANS (Nov. 10, 2022) – The USFL today announced that NFL veteran offensive coach John DeFilippo has been hired to lead the New Orleans Breakers. He replaces Head Coach Larry Fedora who recently stepped away from football to spend more time with his family. The hiring comes four months after the Breakers’ 31-17 playoff loss to the eventual USFL Champion Birmingham Stallions.
DeFilippo, 44, gets his first opportunity as a professional head coach. He takes the helm of a team that featured six All-USFL players and finished the 2022 regular season with a 6-4 record. Starting the USFL’s second season in April 2023, DeFilippo intends to bring an exciting brand of football to New Orleans Breakers fans.
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.”
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, as the son of a football coach, DeFilippo’s life has revolved around the game. He quarterbacked the James Madison University Dukes from 1996-1999. During that time as a player, he interned for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. DeFilippo began his career in 2000 when he was hired as quarterbacks coach for Fordham University. Spending his entire 22-year career as an offensive expert, DeFilippo has coached for eight NFL teams and four Division 1 colleges. Most notably, he was quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, winning Super Bowl LII in 2018 while guiding Carson Wentz to a single-season franchise-record 33 touchdowns. After Wentz suffered a season-ending injury, DeFilippo turned to Nick Foles, who threw for 971 yards and six touchdowns in three postseason contests, to include earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors against the New England Patriots. Most recently, DeFilippo was the quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears.
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.”
Interviewing a talented pool of final candidates for the job, Woods was joined on the New Orleans Breakers Head Coach Selection Committee by former NFL player and current USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Daryl Johnston, former NFL head coach and current NBC Sports analyst Jason Garrett, NBC Sports executive Jon Miller, and Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian.
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 was 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,” said Johnston, also a FOX NFL analyst. “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.”
About the United States Football League (USFL):
The USFL is a fan-first, player-driven, stand-alone professional spring football league. The successful 2022 inaugural season finished July 3 in Canton, Ohio, with the Birmingham Stallions winning the USFL Championship by defeating the Philadelphia Stars, 33-30. NBC Sports and FOX Sports are official media partners, presenting all 43 regular- and postseason games for the 8-team league. USFL co-founder Brian Woods is President of Football Operations. Former NFL Dallas Cowboys player and long-time FOX NFL analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating. Built for long-term success, the USFL is “United By Football” for fans of America’s favorite sport. For more information, visit theUSFL.com and follow us on Twitter,Facebook,Instagram, and TikTok.