Bears name Helfrich as OC, add Tabor, London to staff

Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich foreground walks onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis Ore. Oregon fired coach Mark Helfrich Tuesday night Nov. 29 201

As much as the Bears sought a fresh voice and new approach for the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky, they were pretty happy with how the defense has come along.

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

Fangio was one of six candidates the Bears interviewed for their head coaching vacancy.

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. "We all are aware of that situation and that's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference. His coaching staff seems likely to take shape fairly quickly, and on Thursday morning ESPN's Adam Schefter reported former OR head coach Mike Helfrich is coming aboard as offensive coordinator.

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The Bears have retained defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. By no means did that close off all options for Fangio. A fresh perspective like Helfrich's, rooted in the college game, can only help turn things around.

Fangio became a free agent Tuesday after declining a contract extension last offseason. The defense finished this season ranked seventh against the pass, ninth in points allowed, 10th in total defense, 11th against the run and tied for 13th with 22 takeaways. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve after the game. Line coach Harry Hiestand and running backs coach Charles London were hired on Wednesday.

It's safe to assume that several of Fangio's defensive assistants will also return, but the Bears now have their main assistants locked in with Fangio, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor.

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