Bears Close To Naming Mark Helfrich Offensive Coordinator

Bears coach Matt Nagy thanks Alex Smith Andy Reid in introductory presser

OR earned top-10 rankings in efficiency six times in eight years with Helfrich on its staff, highlighted by a pair of No. 2 finishes when he was the head coach.

He went 37-16 with Ducks after becoming the head coach in 2013. He has seen the college game evolve for many years as a coach and, last season, as a television analyst.

OR owed Helfrich an $11.6 million buyout.

That included a 13-2 record in 2014, which ended with a 42-20 loss to Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

In those four seasons, OR averaged 42.6 points per game and 536.7 yards per game, which ranked second and third among FBS schools, respectively, during that time period. According to reports, Kelly is also pursuing Helfrich to coordinate his offense at UCLA, so the Bears do have some competition.




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. Helfrich was instrumental in developing current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota into a Heisman Trophy victor during his time in Oregon.

So Helfrich won't just be a spread offense guy bringing that system to Chicago.

Pace found the candidate that perfectly matched that description when he interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy over the weekend at a Kansas City hotel.

Presumably, Helfrich's responsibility will largely be developing quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who will go into his second season as the Bears' starter. At Oregon, Helfrich was responsible for the development of Marcus Mariota and before that, he had worked with Buccaneers Dirk Koetter at both Boise State and Arizona State.

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