Bears Hire Helfrich as OC

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 13, 2018

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

Nagy said he will call the plays and the offense will be his design, but Helfrich will obviously have plenty of influence. It was paramount for Nagy to have a veteran defensive coordinator that could basically be the head coach of the defense while Nagy focused on developing Mitch Trubisky, modernizing the offense, and getting his feet wet as a first year head coach.

Helfrich led the Ducks-known for their explosive record-setting offense-to a 37-16 record in four seasons as coach from 2013-16, including a 24-12 mark in the Pac-12.

It's safe to assume that several of Fangio's defensive assistants will also return, but the Bears now have their main assistants locked in with Fangio, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor.

He takes over a 5-11 team that missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and hasn't finished above.500 since Lovie Smith got fired after going 10-6 in 2012. Nagy spent the past decade working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City, serving as the Chiefs' sole offensive coordinator this past season. The question is if Trubisky can handle it in his second year. Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace set about recruiting him to return within hours of the former's hiring.

Helfrich, hired Thursday as the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator in what will be his first stint coaching in the National Football League, joined OR as its coordinator in 2009 and was promoted to head coach in 2013. Injuries have consistently exposed a lack of depth, and Pace's record in free agency has so far been shaky in trying to replace talented players such as receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and kicker Robbie Gould.

Fox helped restore some of the professionalism that was missing under former GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman.

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