Helfrich began his coaching career as running backs coach at Southern Oregon in 1996 before playing and serving as offensive coordinator in Europe with the Vienna (Austria) Vikings in 1997.
OR head coach Mark Helfrich, works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 in Eugene, Ore. A fresh perspective like Helfrich's, rooted in the college game, can only help turn things around.
Helfrich, 44, will join the staff of new head coach Matt Nagy, the former Chiefs offensive coordinator who was hired to replace John Fox.
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But Helfrich could not sustain the success of his first season and was sacked by OR after a 4-8 2016 season, finishing with a 36-17 record in four seasons at the helm. Helfrich served as the offensive coordinator for the Ducks from 2009-12 before being elevated to head coach after Chip Kelly left for the Eagles.
Helfrich didn't call plays as Oregon's offensive coordinator and he won't in Chicago.
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The Bears are looking to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and emerge from one of the worst runs in franchise history. Helfrich, who spent the 2017 season as a football analyst for Fox Sports, has a strong track record as a coach, and will look to prove himself at the professional level.
Helfrich becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. Fangio has coached a total of 31 years in the National Football League, with additional stops in Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Carolina and New Orleans. The Bears were 5-11 this past season and haven't finished above.500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after their last visit to the playoffs. He was an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09.
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