Chicago Bears introduce Matt Nagy as team's 16th head coach

Cardinals DC James Bettcher reportedly drawing interest from Bears

The Bears have hired former OR head coach Mark Helfrich as the team's offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Thursday.

The Chicago Bears once again looked to the college ranks to bolster their coaching staff.

Also that season, quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first OR player to win the Heisman Trophy. He was sacked on the heels of a 4-8 finish in 2016.

Helfrich spent this past season as a college football analyst for Fox. With their fast-paced and prolific spread-option offense, the Ducks went 46-7 during that time.

Cardinals DC James Bettcher reportedly drawing interest from Bears
Mark Helfrich Set to Become Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator

The move comes one day after Chicago hired Harry Hiestand as its offensive line coach as part of the team's staff under new coach Matt Nagy.

"That's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference. Now, he is expected to aid in the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

They fired John Fox after three seasons with a 14-34 record that gave him the second-worst winning percentage for a Chicago coach. There was no guarantee the team would be able to retain Fangio and the Bears remain in limbo as to what direction they will take defensively under Nagy. It provides continuity for a defense that has improved from 30th in yards allowed the year before Fangio arrived to 10th last year; from 17th to 11th in rushing; 30th to seventh in passing; 17th to sixth in sacks; and 31st to ninth in points allowed. When Fangio was with the 49ers, he had 10 players combine for 19 Pro Bowl berths in his four seasons. Now that the Fangio wait is over, you can expect the rest of the team's assistant coaches to be named pretty quickly.

London has spent nine seasons in the National Football League - the past four as Houston's running backs coach. He returns to the Windy City after serving as an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09.


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