Arthur Arkush: Bears hiring Helfrich as OC makes sense

Pat Wise
January 13, 2018

Helfrich didn't call plays as Oregon's offensive coordinator and he won't in Chicago. Still, the Bears and Nagy were eager to retain Fangio; their highly respected and veteran defensive coordinator who inherited one of the NFL's worst defenses in 2015 and coached the unit back to respectability over the last three seasons. Helfrich held a similar role in OR under Chip Kelly from 2009-12.

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".

Helfrich became Oregon's head coach after spending four seasons as the school's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly from 2009-12.

New Bears coach Matt Nagy is tabbing former OR head coach Mark Helfrich as his new offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

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The Bears finished 5-11 in 2017 and have missed the postseason in 10 of the last 11 years.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - New Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he is looking forward to working with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and leading a team that he insists is poised to make a jump.

The Chiefs won the AFC West, only to blow an 18-point halftime lead in a playoff loss to Tennessee on Saturday. Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace set about recruiting him to return within hours of the former's hiring.

The Chicago Bears hired the former OR head coach as offensive coordinator. It accomplished that while losing six starters or key contributors to injured reserve: outside linebackers Leonard Floyd, Willie Young and Pernell McPhee, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, safety Quintin Demps and defensive end Mitch Unrein. But Fox's conservative approach and some questionable decisions during games were sore spots.

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