Bears hire Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Chicago Tribune

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"I'm going to grow". Sure enough, after one season with Fox Sports, he's returning to coaching. The Bears job will be his first in in the NFL. He's very smart, down to earth and relatable, and his experience in the college level should help with Trubisky, who is only 23. His first game in the booth was FS1's Maryland-Texas broadcast on September 2.

The Colts are reportedly interested in Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who in turn has been rumored to be interested in them.

During his four seasons leading Oregon, Helfrich compiled a 37-16 record. Helfrich won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to the first College Football Playoff championship game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 campaign. But he couldn't maintain Kelly's success - seasons of 11-2, 13-2, 9-4 and 4-8 - and was sacked after the 2016 season.

If Helfrich hadn't chose to go to the National Football League, it appears that he could have stayed in college.

ESPN reported Helfrich will receive a four-year deal, which puts him on the same schedule as Nagy. According to reports, Kelly is also pursuing Helfrich to coordinate his offense at UCLA, so the Bears do have some competition.

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Helfrich joined OR as an offensive coordinator in 2009, working under former head coach Chip Kelly and was promoted in 2013 following his former boss' departure to the NFL. Once Kelly left for the NFL, Helfrich was promoted to head coach of Oregon.

Mark Helfrich is a smart guy. Nagy signed on with the Philadelphia Eagles under Reid as a coaching intern in 2008 and traveled to Kansas City with Reid in 2013, slowly moving up the ranks along the way.

After all, Matt Nagy said at his introductory news conference that he will handle the playcalling for the Bears in 2018.

The Bears need to develop Mitch Trubisky, who showed franchise-changing potential as a rookie, and that fits Helfrich's background.

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