Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinator

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After reports seemed to be solidifying last night that Fangio was waiting out to see if he would be able to join Pat Shurmur if he got a head coaching gig, now it seems that Fangio is ready to come back to the Windy City.

The former Oregon Ducks head coach and Southern Oregon University quarterback has reportedly agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.

This is a big piece of news for Matt Nagy and his staff.

Helfrich was a 37-16 in his four seasons leading OR, including a Rose Bowl victory and national championship appearance in January 2015. Helfrich, who spent the 2017 season as a football analyst for Fox Sports, has a strong track record as a coach, and will look to prove himself at the professional level.

In Helfrich, Nagy has hired an offensive coordinator whose best work comes with a system different from his own. The Bears also brought in Charles London to coach running backs and Mike Furrey as wide receivers coach.

Helfrich will not be calling plays initially, but he will inherit a second-year quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky. However, he finished 4-8 in 2016 and was dismissed.

Helfrich served as the offensive coordinator for the Ducks from 2009-12 before being elevated to head coach after Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles. They Bears were 5-11 this past season.

Nagy's offensive staff is coming together quickly.

The development of Trubisky, the No. 2 overall draft pick last spring, could go a long way toward lifting an offense that ranked 30th overall and last in passing.

It also signals the Bears' need to add speed and dynamic playmakers after the catch to an offense that was severely lacking in both areas, save for rookie sensation Tarik Cohen, whose upside is very exciting with the new creative offensive minds on board.

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