Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Bears hiring Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Bears coach Matt Nagy thanks Alex Smith Andy Reid in introductory presser Bears coach Matt Nagy thanks Alex Smith Andy Reid in introductory presser
Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2018, 21:12

Once Kelly left for the NFL, Helfrich was promoted to head coach of Oregon.

Helfrich is Nagy's fourth reported coaching hire and the first without ties to Lovie Smith's Bears staff.

Over 7 seasons Tabor managed to survive 2 owners, 5 general managers and 4 different head coaches with the Browns.

He finished his OR career with a 37-16 record before being fired after going 4-8 in 2016.

In his third season, OR fell off to 9-4 and cracks were showing. He was the Ducks quarterback coach for eight seasons and offensive coordinator for four years under Chip Kelly. The University of Arizona was reportedly interested in hiring Helfrich to replace Rich Rodriguez. Helfrich was out of coaching past year, but spent 2009 to 2016 with the Oregon Ducks as their offensive coordinator and also as their head coach. But the offense was still formidable, resulting in quarterback Marcus Mariota winning the 2014 Heisman Trophy. And Helfrich's head-coaching experience should assist Nagy, a first-time National Football League head coach and full-time play-caller who'll be able to lean on Helfrich's background as he acclimates to a new position.

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

Helfrich, who developed Tennessee Titans quarterback and former Heisman Trophy victor Marcus Mariota in college, will work with Nagy in developing Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.