The Chicago Bears have hired Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This will be his first time on an National Football League staff. He was also discussed as a candidate for the newly-opened Arizona Wildcats job to replace ousted head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Nagy's strong early work in assembling his staff is a likely byproduct - and beneficial one - of being the first of six clubs to hire a head coach this offseason.
In his final season, OR went 4-8, and every week there was speculation about his future in Eugene, generating bad feelings among fans.
The Oregon native was named the Ducks' head coach ahead of the 2013 season, after Kelly left for the NFL. But Oregon steadily declined during the next two seasons, bottoming out with a 4-8 campaign in 2016 that resulted in Helfrich's dismissal. Or he could have reunited with Chip Kelly, for whom he was offensive coordinator at OR, and run the offense at UCLA. Helfrich's experience with that system should pay dividends.
Helfrich worked closely with Heisman Trophy victor and No. 2 overall draft pick Marcus Mariota at Oregon.
While Nagy will be calling his own plays in Chicago, Helfrich will still have an integral role to play in turning around a Bears offense which finished 28 in points this past season and has averaged just 18.3 points per game over the last three seasons.