Bears hand former Oregon coach Helfrich OC job

Reuters

First-time head coach Matt Nagy is set to name former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

Nagy, introduced Tuesday after serving on the coaching staffs of Andy Reid since 2010, will continue to call his own plays in an offense led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

ESPN reported Helfrich will receive a four-year deal, which puts him on the same schedule as Nagy.

Helfrich became head coach at Oregon in 2013 when Chip Kelly left to run the Philadelphia Eagles.

Helfrich went 37-16 over four seasons, leading Oregon to the first College Football Playoff championship game after the 2014 season.

The Bears have missed the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 years.

Helfrich worked closely with Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall draft pick Marcus Mariota at Oregon. Mariota has the Tennessee Titans in the divisional playoff round this weekend at New England.

Under Nagy, the decidedly West Coast-based offense of the Chiefs showed a greater shift to downfield passing. Only the Patriots threw the ball downfield more frequently than the Chiefs in 2017.

--Field Level Media

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