Bears are expected to retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Bears are expected to retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Helfrich will not call plays with the Bears, as new head coach Matt Nagy has already said he will handle those responsibilities.

Helfrich's main accomplishments all occurred at the collegiate level, where he was the offensive coordinator for OR under former head coach Chip Kelly.

After four seasons and a 37-16 record, he was sacked in November 2016 and still owed $11.6 million as part of a contract extension that ran through January 2020. With their fast-paced and prolific spread-option offense, the Ducks went 46-7 during that time.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy stands on the field watching warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017.


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

The decisions leading Fangio back to the Bears should make it interesting to watch the defenses in Green Bay and Chicago over the next few seasons.

The Bears were the first team to strike with their head coach and were able to put together a nice staff because of it. But the Bears will need to acquire some play-making receivers, which they sorely lacked this past season. Hiestand spent the last five seasons in the same position in South Bend. 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.

Helfrich becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. His career, which began at Southern Oregon University, his alma mater, in 1996 as a running backs coach, has been spent exclusively at the college level to this point. The status of assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is unknown.

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