Bears Hire Offensive Coordinator

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

After reports seemed to be solidifying last night that Fangio was waiting out to see if he would be able to join Pat Shurmur if he got a head coaching gig, now it seems that Fangio is ready to come back to the Windy City.

The Bears have hired former OR head coach Mark Helfrich as the team's offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Thursday. He was the first candidate to interview for the Bears' coaching job after John Fox was sacked, but general manager Ryan Pace ultimately chose to go with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Helfrich is also an alumnus of Southern Oregon University.

The move comes one day after Chicago hired Harry Hiestand as its offensive line coach as part of the team's staff under new coach Matt Nagy.

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.

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Helfrich, 44, was the OR head coach from 2013-16, following four years of being the Ducks' quarterbacks coach-offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly. He was sacked on the heels of a 4-8 finish in 2016.

They fired Fox after three seasons with a 14-34 record that gave him the second-worst winning percentage for a Chicago coach.

Nagy's offensive staff is coming together quickly.

Helfrich should be particularly helpful for No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky, who exclusively ran a spread in his 13 starts at North Carolina.

Helfrich becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. The Browns ranked sixth in kickoff return average against (21.8), seventh in the National Football League in punt return average (9.9), ninth in total kick return yards (8,974) and 10th in total return yards allowed (7,627) during that time. He also previously served as Chicago's offensive line coach from 2005 to 2009.

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