Bears hiring Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

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The Bears dipped into the collegiate ranks to hire offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and they are doing the same at offensive coordinator.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears have hired former University of Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich the offensive coaching staff for Matt Nagy.

Helfrich was the offensive coordinator of the Ducks from 2009-2012 and moved into the head coaching spot after Chip Kelly left for the Eagles. He won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to a national title game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 season.

Those Oregon offenses were known for being fast-paced and Nagy comes from running a Chiefs offense that featured a fair amount of the spread formations Helfrich favored in Eugene matched with West Coast concepts, so it seems a fair bet that the Bears are going to have Mitch Trubisky running an offense that melds those things in 2018.

19 responses to “Bears hiring Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

  1. At least give the Bears credit for trying some new people with new ideas instead of just choosing people from the same old coaching recycling mill!

  2. The Bears weren’t going to get a proven/experienced offensive coordinator since Nagy will be calling the plays. If anything, if the Bears offense takes a step forward next year (which it should since it couldn’t get much worse), he will be in line for a decent college football job next year. He will also be able to provide some valuable knowledge on the spread/hurry-up. Solid hire.

  3. He’s a good offensive coach and someone who knows how to motivate players. In fact, I was floating his name among Titans fans to be our new head coach because I wanted him and Mariota reunited. Our current scheme doesn’t fit Mariota–that’s why the offense flourishes far more in the no-huddle offense vs. when our OC and head coach are calling plays. Congrats, Bears fans.

  4. The offense should certainly be a lot more fun to watch, anyway. They’ll need some big talent upgrades at OL and WR to pull off real improvement, but play design and game planning should be much improved.

  5. He should’ve waited for the Titans’ OC job to open up in a few days so he would work with Mariota again.

  6. I do like this hire for a team that’s always been known for their defense. Get some new blood, guys willing to take risks and bring in new ideas. The ‘retread’ hires as I have seen them called are frustrating because they have years-and-years of underwhelming records but still stay in the coaching circle.

  7. dadindebt6 says:

    At least give the Bears credit for trying some new people with new ideas instead of just choosing people from the same old coaching recycling mill!
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    The Eagles already tried that with another Oregon HC.

  8. Michael E says:
    January 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    dadindebt6 says:

    At least give the Bears credit for trying some new people with new ideas instead of just choosing people from the same old coaching recycling mill!
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    The Eagles already tried that with another Oregon HC.

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    Good thing Matt Nagy is a former Oregon HC.

  9. It’s odd because Bears fans are not used to the team making lucid and smart decisions. Also, they’re not running the Oregon play book and Nagy has already stated he’s calling plays, so I don’t understand what’s so terrifying about having Helfrich on the staff. The Bears need as many SMART coaches on staff as possible.

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