Mark Helfrich reportedly hired as Chicago Bears new OC

The Bears hired Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy right as their head coach

The Bears hired Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy right as their head coach

The 44-year-old Helfrich has not worked in the National Football League but has spent time as an assistant under Kelly and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.

The Chicago Bears reportedly hired former University of OR head coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. OR fans don't give Helfrich enough credit for the quarterback development in the program because of how his head-coaching tenure ended in 2016, but he played a huge part in Mariota's success. They obviously feel Helfrich's experience working with some high-powered offenses at the collegiate level makes him qualified for the job.

In his third season, OR fell off to 9-4 and cracks were showing.

The 2018 NFL Draft should provide plenty of options for Ryan Pace to add play-makers to his offense to prioritize Trubisky's development, even if that means doubling-down at the same position.

To get a better feel for Helfrich, I sat down with veteran ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg, who covered OR during the Helfrich era.

As Oregon's offensive coordinator, Helfrich did not call plays. After spending four years as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator in Eugene, Helfrich replaced Kelly when he bolted for the NFL.

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He most recently worked as a television analyst for FOX Sports last fall.

Helfrich worked closely with Heisman Trophy victor and No. 2 overall draft pick Marcus Mariota at Oregon.

Mark Helfrich is a smart guy. Obviously, Nagy will have his own philosophy, having been Andy Reid's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons in Kansas City.

Presumably, Helfrich's responsibility will largely be developing quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who will go into his second season as the Bears' starter.

The Oregon native has made stops at Boise State (1998-2000), Arizona State (2001-2005), Colorado (2006-08) and Oregon (2009-2012) as an assistant.

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