Bears Hire Offensive Coordinator

James Marshall
January 13, 2018

That included a run to the first College Football Playoff championship game at the end of the 2014 season with Heisman Trophy victor Marcus Mariota at quarterback.

New Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy's staff is taking shape.

Nagy now has assembled part of what looks like a fascinating staff, including offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

Helfrich's arrival signals that Nagy will continue to meld Reid's West Coast scheme with spread principles, including run-pass options and utilizing every inch of the field, not every second on the play clock.

According to the settlement, both parties acknowledged that the lump sum was less than the maximum that UO would have owed had it paid Helfrich through the end of his contract in 2020 but was calculated "with the expectation that coach's earnings from comparable employment. through January 31, 2020, will not exceed $1,700,000".

Nagy will call offensive plays as Bears' head coach, but Helfrich will surely have a key role in game planning and working with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The Bears couldn't know exactly how Fangio would react when he was informed Monday morning the team had selected someone else as the next head coach. Now that the Fangio wait is over, you can expect the rest of the team's assistant coaches to be named pretty quickly. Hiestand spent the last five seasons in the same position in South Bend. His career, which began at Southern Oregon University, his alma mater, in 1996 as a running backs coach, has been spent exclusively at the college level to this point.

He takes over a 5-11 team that missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and hasn't finished above.500 since Lovie Smith got fired after going 10-6 in 2012. The status of assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is unknown.

The Bears were 3-15 against the NFC North under Fox and dropped all six division games this past season.

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