Bears hire Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Lynette Rowe
January 13, 2018

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - New Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he is looking forward to working with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and leading a team that he insists is poised to make a jump. There was no guarantee the team would be able to retain Fangio and the Bears remain in limbo as to what direction they will take defensively under Nagy. Fangio ultimately spurned every potential job, opting to stay with Chicago.

OR head coach Mark Helfrich, works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 in Eugene, Ore.

Nagy, who sold real estate while he was serving as a low-tier assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, also played quarterback in the Arena Football League before becoming a hotshot coaching candidate thanks to his work in Kansas City.

Bears now have hired former Oregon HC Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator, per source. His coaching staff seems likely to take shape fairly quickly, and on Thursday morning ESPN's Adam Schefter reported former OR head coach Mike Helfrich is coming aboard as offensive coordinator.

Bears hire Helfrich as offensive coordinator

During the 2017 season, Chicago's defense ranked in the top-10 in total defense, passing defense and scoring defense. So the move to a young, offensive-minded head coach as a direct opposite to John Fox was obvious with the hiring of Nagy, and he may have laid out how he wanted Helfrich as his offensive coordinator during his interview. And it also is likely to convince position coaches to return, including defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, secondary coach Ed Donatell and inside linebackers coach Glenn Pires.

Whether or not that's a coincidence, the "Vic Fangio Effect" is something the Bears valued, and retaining him is considered a big step in the right direction.

Tabor spent the past seven seasons as Cleveland's special teams coordinator.

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