April 21, 2018

Bears will hire former OR coach Mark Helfrich as Matt Nagy's OC

13 January 2018, 01:42 | Donald Newman

Why would he be smiling?

Mark Helfrich

The Chicago Bears announced Sunday that general manager Ryan Pace was interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the search for a new head coach continues.

Helfrich went 37-16 over four seasons, leading OR to the first College Football Playoff championship game after the 2014 season. Helfrich thrived as Offensive Coordinator at OR under Head Coach Chip Kelly helping lead the team to three successful seasons and a National Championship. They obviously feel Helfrich's experience working with some high-powered offenses at the collegiate level makes him qualified for the job.

Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Colts' job is having Andrew Luck, one of the few franchise quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Bears still have not hired an offensive coordinator, but they are still in talks with defensive coordinator about returning to the team, Bears G.M. told a local radio program on Wednesday night. He won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to a national title game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 season.

Helfrich worked as an analyst for Fox Sports during the 2017 college football season.

"We all are aware of that situation and that's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference.

ESPN reported Helfrich will receive a four-year deal, which puts him on the same schedule as Nagy.

Mark Helfrich isn't going to join Chip Kelly at UCLA.

Presumably, Helfrich's responsibility will largely be developing quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who will go into his second season as the Bears' starter.

Helfrich was tutored by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, a noted West Coast offense practitioner at Boise State and Arizona State.

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