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Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as OC

13 January 2018, 03:36 | Cameron Gross

Mark Helfrich agreed to join the Bears as Matt Nagy's offensive coordinator

Mark Helfrich agreed to join the Bears as Matt Nagy's offensive coordinator

He should be a strong, experienced partner for the young head coach.

With AP Photos.The Chicago Bears have hired former OR coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator.

This is a big piece of news for Matt Nagy and his staff.

Helfrich led OR to a 37-16 record in four seasons. Helfrich won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to the first College Football Playoff championship game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 campaign.

BC-FBN-Bears-Coaches, 1st Ld-Writethru, 381Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinatorAP Photo NY154, NY155, NY156Eds: Adds photo link. The Bears hired Notre Dame's Harry Hiestand as offensive line coach. He was sacked after a 4-8 finish in 2016.




Chicago's offense features quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick in last year's draft, who passed for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions as a rookie.

Before posting a 37-16 overall record at OR, which included guiding the Ducks to a Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the national championship game in 2014, Helfrich was Kelly's offensive coordinator. The Bears were 5-11 in 2017.

The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. It also figures to benefit running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, whose roles often lost consistency under the watch of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains last season.

Tabor had been in the same position with the Browns since 2011 and had previously worked as assistant special teams coach for the Bears in 2008-'10 under the watch of coach Lovie Smith and special teams coordinator Dave Toub. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who could have signed with any team, has agreed to stay in Chicago to coach the defense. He was an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09.



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