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Mark Helfrich agreed to join the Bears as Matt Nagy's offensive coordinator

Mark Helfrich agreed to join the Bears as Matt Nagy's offensive coordinator

Mark Helfrich, then Oregon's head coach.

Helfrich will not call plays with the Bears, as new head coach Matt Nagy has already said he will handle those responsibilities.

Helfrich led OR to a 37-16 record in four seasons.

But the move to professional football comes after Helfrich spent the 2017 season as a college football television analyst for Fox Sports, a position which he accepted after being fired from Oregon's head coaching position in November of 2016.

Helfrich is Nagy's fourth reported coaching hire and the first without ties to Lovie Smith's Bears staff.

Before posting a 37-16 overall record at OR, which included guiding the Ducks to a Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the national championship game in 2014, Helfrich was Kelly's offensive coordinator. He was sacked on the heels of a 4-8 finish in 2016.

Nagy's offensive staff is coming together quickly. They Bears were 5-11 this past season.

Chicago also interviewed McDaniels, Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, New England offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

The development of Trubisky, the No. 2 overall draft pick last spring, could go a long way toward lifting an offense that ranked 30th overall and last in passing.

Helfrich becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. He's worked in Chicago before, serving as a quality control coach and offensive assistant from 2007-'09.

It also signals the Bears' need to add speed and dynamic playmakers after the catch to an offense that was severely lacking in both areas, save for rookie sensation Tarik Cohen, whose upside is very exciting with the new creative offensive minds on board.

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