Bears hire former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich to run offense

With new head coach Matt Nagy in the fold the Bears will now focus on Vic Fangio's future at defensive coordinator

With new head coach Matt Nagy in the fold the Bears will now focus on Vic Fangio's future at defensive coordinator

Chicago Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, center, watches the play of his offensive line during football mini-camp in Lake Forest, Ill., Wednesday, March 18, 2009. All of Helfrich's previous coaching experience, beginning in 1996, has been at the college level.

He most recently worked as a television analyst for FOX Sports last fall. He has 20 years of experience at the college level but will coach in the National Football League for the first time. Sounds like Helfrich has to choose between #Bears OC and pursuing University of Arizona HC job.

He went 37-16 with Ducks after becoming the head coach in 2013. He was the Ducks quarterback coach for eight seasons and offensive coordinator for four years under Chip Kelly. The team has hired former Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich to fill the role previously held by Dowell Loggains, who left for the Miami Dolphins.

Helfrich's arrival signals that Nagy will continue to meld Reid's West Coast scheme with spread principles, including RPOs (run-pass options) and utilizing every inch of the field, not every second on the play clock. He was the ultimate survivor as he remained on staff with the Browns through two owners, five general managers and four head coaches - all in just six years. Helfrich was instrumental in developing current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota into a Heisman Trophy victor during his time in Oregon.

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