Bears Hire Bill Lazor As OC

The Bears fired offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich at the end of the 2019 season, and they have now filled their vacancy. Chicago has hired former Dolphins and Bengals OC Bill Lazor to replace Helfrich, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter).

Lazor, 47, was hired as Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach in 2016 but ended up taking over as the team’s play-caller three games into the 2017 campaign. In 2018, his first full season as the Bengals’ OC, Lazor led a unit which ranked 17th in points, 19th in DVOA (efficiency), and 26th in yardage. In his first year as Miami’s OC, 2014, the ‘Fins finished 8th in DVOA, but they plummeted to 22nd the following year and Lazor was given the boot.

Part of Lazor’s responsibilities in Chicago will include getting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back on track — assuming the Bears stick with Trubisky as their starter — and helping fix an offense that finished the 2019 season 29th in total offense, 31st in yards per play, and 29th in scoring. Head coach Matt Nagy, though, will retain play-calling duties.

Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears were interested in Pat Shurmur for their OC job, but Shurmur was recently hired by the Broncos, for whom he will call offensive plays. The presence of Nagy as play-caller and Trubisky under center could be a deterrent for the upper echelon of OC candidates, which may be why the team had to opt for a second-tier choice in Lazor.

Lazor was out of the league in 2019, though he did interview for the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach job last January.

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25 comments on “Bears Hire Bill Lazor As OC

    • crosseyedlemon

      Aye Carumba! Guess this means we will be signing Dalton or Foles…unless Jason Campbell or Seneca Wallace are available.

        • crosseyedlemon

          I think the Eagles OL made both those guys look much better than they actually are and the Bears don’t currently have an OL that could make any QB look good.

  1. Rondon

    This is Nagy’s way of filling the position with a guy who won’t threaten his own offensive scheme… which he stole from Hellen Keller.

  2. leprechaun

    5-11 maybe 6-10 on the way. It’s a joke how far Ryan Pace has taken this team into the gutter. This hire shows nobody who’s any good would want to work for Pace or Nagy it’s a total circus and they are the head Clowns. I can’t wait till next Years Black Monday

      • crosseyedlemon

        To me the power to call plays is vastly overrated. Teams do most what they do best and vice versa. Trying to prove to everyone you can beat an opponent with trick plays is a strategy for idiots. Just go out and beat your opponent physically and he will quit. Don’t need some intellectually complex play calling to make that happen.

    • crosseyedlemon

      At least with the Bears you only suffer for 16 games. With the White Sox you have to suffer for 162 games.

  3. upstart17

    I would love to be wrong, but it looks like the Bears made yet another cost conscious hire.

  4. bitteroldman

    Doesn’t matter who the Bears hire as OC, they will just hold a clipboard, make suggestions and relay Nagy’s decisions.

    At this point, I’m waiting for next season to be over, followed by the housecleaning where the GM and coach are fired, to see who the next GM and coach will be. No confidence at all in the current regime’s ability to get out of the mess they’ve made,

  5. gobears

    Who will the McCaskey’s hire to find their next GM next year?? Pace bet his career on a HC who doesn’t get it and a QB who will never get it. Congratulations on the 2020 dumpster fire ahead

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