Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Bears Officially Announce Hiring Of Mark Helfrich, 2 Others

Bears Officially Announce Hiring Of Mark Helfrich, 2 Others

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

Helfrich, who was sacked after Oregon's 4-8 finish in 2016, will be hired as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, according to an ESPN report.

Helfrich is also an alumnus of Southern Oregon University. 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 didn't call plays as Oregon's offensive coordinator and he won't in Chicago. Charles London (running backs) and Harry Hiestand (offensive line) have also been hired by Nagy in the days following his introductory press conference at Halas Hall.

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What the addition of Helfrich could mean is a greater tempo to Nagy's offense, diversifying the system with run-pass option looks and other elements that put to use the mobility of 23-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He was sacked on the heels of a 4-8 finish in 2016. The Bears were 5-11 in 2017.

They fired John Fox after three seasons with a 14-34 record that gave him the second-worst winning percentage for a Chicago coach. Nagy spent the past decade working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City and served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator this past season.

Helfrich becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. But the Bears will need to acquire some playmaking receivers. He's worked in Chicago before, serving as a quality control coach and offensive assistant from 2007-'09.

Fangio has coached a total of 31 years in the National Football League, with additional stops in Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Carolina and New Orleans.

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