Bears Reportedly Get Clarity on Future of Vic Fangio


Bears Reportedly Get Clarity on Future of Vic Fangio

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

The team announced Friday that it has hired former OR coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator and Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator.

The Bears are looking to become more offensive-minded under Nagy, who served as the offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to becoming the Bears' new head coach on Monday.

Helfrich led OR to a 37-16 record in four seasons.

As Canzano writes, what was Helfrich supposed to do when OR offered him the head-coaching job, turn it down?

In Helfrich, Nagy has hired an offensive coordinator whose best work comes with a system different from his own.

Hiestand returned to the Bears after stints at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) and Notre Dame (2012-17). He was sacked on the heels of a 4-8 finish in 2016.

Helfrich's arrival signals that Nagy will continue to meld Reid's West Coast scheme with spread principles, including RPOs (run-pass options) and utilizing every inch of the field, not every second on the play clock.

Before posting a 37-16 overall record at OR, which included guiding the Ducks to a Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the national championship game in 2014, Helfrich was Kelly's offensive coordinator.

Nagy's offensive staff is coming together quickly. In Chicago, he will be trying to develop No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky. It also figures to benefit running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, whose roles often lost consistency under the watch of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains last season.

Tabor spent the past seven seasons as Cleveland's special teams coordinator.

Fangio, of course, has been the Bears' defensive coordinator since 2015 when John Fox brought him in. The Bears also have two former Ducks, Hroniss Grasu and Kyle Long, on the offensive line.