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Bears hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

13 January 2018

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.

Former Oregon coach and Chip Kelly protege Mark Helfrich is expected to be named the Bears' offensive coordinator, sources told the Sun-Times. This is about more than the quarterback. And his play-calling will likely reflect much of what he's learned in Andy Reid's West Coast-spread offense hybrid as far as utilizing playmakers in space and exploiting matchups. Prior to that job, he had been the offensive line coach at Cincinnati, Missouri and IL. While four other National Football League teams are still trying to figure out who their next head coach will be, the Bears have been able to devote all their attention on getting great assistant coaches to help Nagy.

Why would he be smiling?

Nagy seemed to confirm these reports when he was asked about what swayed him to choose Chicago over Indianapolis.

Creating a culture:Nagy didn't hesitate when asked during his introductory press conference what he wants fans to know he's bringing to the Bears. "Matt's just getting his feet set and after that his first priority is going to be our existing staff and then attacking the coaching candidates".

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"Again, again, that's something we're really going to start hammering out right here", Nagy said. He went 37-16 in four seasons at OR but was sacked after his team finished 4-8 in 2016.

Prior to becoming Oregon's head coach, Helfrich was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Ducks from 2009 through 2012. His salary with the Bears will mitigate what the school still owes him. Matt is passionate and motivated, and as a former player he has a great feel for the locker room.

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Hopefully we can get some answers to these questions soon. I have my notes.

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Bears hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator