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Chicago Bears hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

13 January 2018

Helfrich spent this past season as a college football analyst for Fox.

General manager Ryan Pace ultimately tabbed former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to succeed John Fox, who Pace fired at the end of the regular season.

Helfrich was also reportedly offered the offensive coordinator position at UCLA by Chip Kelly-an especially enticing proposition for southern OR football fans given Chase Cota's commitment.

But Helfrich could not sustain the success of his first season and was sacked by OR after a 4-8 2016 season, finishing with a 36-17 record in four seasons at the helm. New Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy, second from left, is interviewed by a local television station while others wait after an NFL football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Lake Forest, Ill.

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The Bears are looking to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and emerge from one of the worst runs in franchise history.

It wouldn't have been the end of the world if the Bears' lost Fangio, as long as they replaced him with a solid DC and there were a couple available, but now the Bears know they have continuity with the defense and will give Fangio the keys to keep building what he's done over the past three seasons. The Bears were 5-11 this past season and haven't finished above.500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after their last visit to the playoffs. Now that the Fangio wait is over, you can expect the rest of the team's assistant coaches to be named pretty quickly.

Fangio's defenses have been ranked in the top 10 in points and yards during five of the last seven seasons. 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. The status of assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is unknown.

Chicago Bears hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator