Bears Hire Mark Helfrich As OC

Matt Nagy‘s staff is starting to come together. The Bears have hired former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich to be their new offensive coordinator, according to Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). The Bears’ offensive scheme figures to be a mix of the west coast offense and the spread offense, Ian Rapoport of tweets. That’s roughly the style that Nagy employed in Kansas City. Mark Helfrich (vertical)

Helfrich has been out of football since he was fired by Oregon in November of 2016. In his first two seasons (2013-2014), the Ducks went a combined 24-4. Unfortunately, in 2015, his team failed to win ten games for the first time since 2007. In his final year, Oregon went 4-8 – the program’s worst record in a quarter century.

Helfrich’s resume includes the grooming of some solid young quarterbacks, including Marcus Mariota. In 2015, Helfrich and Mariota reached the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The now Titans QB also won the Heisman trophy.

Nagy and Helfrich are both represented by agent and former Bears defensive lineman Trace Armstrong, which could explain how the two men came together.

Nagy will be charged with turning around a franchise that has sagged in recent years. The Bears went 5-11 last year and have missed the playoffs in ten of the last eleven years. The Bears’ last playoff berth came was in 2010.

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5 comments on “Bears Hire Mark Helfrich As OC

  1. inkstainedscribe

    Probably not unlike the system Trubisky learned from Larry Fedora at UNC (FedEx, ugh)

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Another season like this past one at UNC, Larry might be looking for a job himself. Bears could pick him up as a WR coach, but I’m getting waaaaaay ahead of things (as usual).

      • inkstainedscribe

        He’d probably do well as a position coach in the NFL. He’d wear people out if he ever got a head coaching position.

  2. justinept

    Loved the Chiefs offensive system, fusing west coast and spread offense philosophies- and I’m very excited to see the Bears taking a similar approach. Now they need to find players to fit that scheme.


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