Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Bears to hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Bears to hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Hiestand has 36 years of coaching experience. His crew had been assigned to some big games during the season, including the Pac-12 showdown between Washington (then ranked No. 9) and Stanford.

He was the head coach of OR from 2013-2016, a tenure which started with great success but tailed off towards the end.

He finished his OR career with a 37-16 record before being fired after going 4-8 in 2016.

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Helfrich has never coached in the National Football League before, but he worked for current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter at Boise State before a successful run at OR under Kelly, the former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers coach. He went 37-16 over four seasons, leading OR to the first College Football Playoff championship game after the 2014 season. But Oregon steadily declined during the next two seasons, bottoming out with a 4-8 campaign in 2016 that resulted in Helfrich's dismissal. He had stops at Boise State, Arizona State, and Colorado before starting his time in Eugene in 2009 as the offensive coordinator for Chip Kelly.

Hiestand, Nagy's first official staff hire, is not only strong candidate, but encouraging proof that a young head coach can attract an experienced teacher with an impressive resume. But the offense was still formidable, resulting in quarterback Marcus Mariota winning the 2014 Heisman Trophy. He played for Reid in his final season with the Eagles. Helfrich was instrumental in developing current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota into a Heisman Trophy victor during his time in Oregon. Nagy will retain play-calling responsibilities.

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