Bears Officially Announce Hiring Of Mark Helfrich, 2 Others


OR head coach Mark Helfrich, works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 in Eugene, Ore. Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, who interviewed with Pace for the head coaching position, is considered a possibility and he is coming out of contract.

The Bears introduced Nagy on Tuesday, a day after he was hired as the team's 16th head coach to replace the fired John Fox.

Helfrich led the Ducks-known for their explosive record-setting offense-to a 37-16 record in four seasons as coach from 2013-16, including a 24-12 mark in the Pac-12.

The 59-year-old coach was being pursued by other teams, including the Green Bay Packers, for their defensive coordinator positions, but those opportunities seemed to dry up, so Fangio's return to Chicago seemed likely. It's a system different from Nagy's modernized West Coast offense.

Helfrich will not be calling plays initially, but he will inherit a second-year quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky.

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Helfrich began his coaching career as running backs coach at Southern Oregon in 1996 before playing and serving as offensive coordinator in Europe with the Vienna (Austria) Vikings in 1997. However, he finished 4-8 in 2016 and was dismissed.

The former Oregon Ducks head coach and Southern Oregon University quarterback has reportedly agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. He was an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09. Helfrich also has more than a decade of experience as a quarterbacks coach at the collegiate level. He's also had collegiate stops at Duke and Penn State and worked for the Eagles and Titans.

The future of Vic Fangio remains uncertain. The Cardinals might want to retain Bettcher with their new head coach in the event he is not promoted and potentially could appease him with a pay raise.

Shurmur is reportedly the favorite to land the Cardinals' coaching job.