Dave Ragone was one of the granddaddy’s of Louisville respectability when it comes to quarterbacks. He posted some good numbers there while with the Cardinals as a 3 year starter setting numerous records at the school, finishing 685/1180 for 8564 yards and 74 TDs to just 29 interceptions. He was picked near the top of round 3 by the Houston Texans in the 2003 NFL draft.
At the time the young Houston Texans franchise were looking to groom a competent, low cost backup to incumbent starter David Carr. (The sexy thing to do in the league during those days was to groom a 3rd stringer that had potential enough to entice other teams to drop draft picks in order to get after a one game audition.) The pick by the Texans was widely panned. Dave got to start 2 games his rookie season throwing for 135 yards and an interception.
Ragone went to NFL Europe in the meantime. He’d play for the Berlin Thunder in 2005 and was named the league’s Offensive MVP, as he threw for 1,746 yards and 13 TDs en route to an appearance in World Bowl XII. Dave returned to the Texans and backed up David Carr for the full 16 game slate, not seeing any action.
In 2006, the Texans team was completely scrapped, front office down. The Texans new head coach Gary Kubiak decided to go in another direction at quarterback and waived Ragone. He’d be claimed by the Bengals and quickly traded to the to the Rams, who cut him during training camp.
Dave has gone into coaching since his playing days ended, first being seen on the pro scene honing his skills as a quarterbacks coach (under his former OC from Houston, Chris Palmer) for the UFL Hartford Colonials, helping to turn Josh McCown into the biggest UFL success story. He then had stops with the Titans (2011-2013) as both a WR and later as a QB coach, the Redskins (2015) as an offensive quality control coach, and finally with the Bears, who he has been the quarterbacks coach of since 2016.
G/GS 2/2 ATT 40 COMP 20 YDS 135 PCT 50.0
TD 0 INT 1 RAT 47.4
RUSH 6 YDS 51 AVG 8.5 TD 0 LG 14
ATT 251 COMP 158 YDS 1746 PCT 62.9 TD 13 INT 2 RAT 97.5
RUSH 35 YDS 166 AVG 4.7 TD 1 LG 14T