CHICAGO — One of the things Bears general manager Ryan Pace praised his new coach Matt Nagy for was his creativity and in the early stages of forming his staff, that’s pretty evident.
The Bears are expected to hire former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator. Helfrich has not worked in the NFL previously but he has spent time as an assistant under Chip Kelly and Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.
He becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears hired Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday.
Helfrich was fired after a 4-8 season this past year at Oregon but he posted a 37-16 record as a head coach of the Ducks after taking over for Kelly in 2013. Helfrich served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon from 2009 to 2012 so he will bring an interesting dynamic to Halas Hall.
Helfrich got his first major break in coaching joining Koetter’s staff at Boise State in 1998 and then following Koetter to Arizona State. He has 15 years experience as a quarterbacks coach at the Division I level.
Nagy said he will call the plays and the offense will be his design but Helfrich will obviously have plenty of influence.
Nagy’s offensive staff is coming together quickly. Line coach Harry Hiestand and running backs coach Charles London were hired on Wednesday. There is a good chance the Bears will retain quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone and tight ends coach Frank Smith is a possibility to remain. The status of assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is unknown.