Bears rent Chiefs offensive coordinator as new coach


Before becoming the Ducks' head coach, Helfrich was their quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 2009-12 under Chip Kelly. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace, left, poses with Matt Nagy after Pace introduced Nagy as the club's 16th head coach in franchise history during an NFL football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Lake Forest, Ill. That included a run to the first College Football Playoff championship game at the end of the 2014 season with Heisman Trophy victor Marcus Mariota at quarterback.

Helfrich, 44, was the OR head coach from 2013 to "16, after four years of being the Ducks" quarterbacks coach-offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly. Now, he is expected to aid in the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The Chicago Bears hired former OR head coach Mark Helfrich to be their offensive coordinator, the team announced Friday.

He then worked as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05) before serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Colorado (2006-08). Tabor was Chicago's assistant special teams coach from 2008-2010. Hiestand spent the last five seasons in the same position in South Bend.

London has spent nine seasons in the National Football League, the past four as the running backs coach for the Houston Texans. The status of assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is unknown.

The Bears are looking to become more offensive-minded under Nagy, who served as the offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to becoming the Bears' new head coach. The Bears were 5-11 this past season and haven't finished above.500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after their last visit to the playoffs.

The Bears were 3-15 against the NFC North under Fox and dropped all six division games this past season.