Josh McDaniels' market shrinks as Bears discover their head coach

SPORTSSource Vic Fangio agrees to new 3-year deal with Bears	Email

SPORTSSource Vic Fangio agrees to new 3-year deal with Bears Email

He should be a strong, experienced partner for the young head coach.

Mark Helfrich spent his 2017 out of football.

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.

Helfrich was a 37-16 in his four seasons leading OR, including a Rose Bowl victory and national championship appearance in January 2015.

Nagy has been busy with hiring a coaching staff, using various connections including those from his agency, Athletes First, which represents many coaches, including Helfrich.

BC-FBN-Bears-Coaches, 1st Ld-Writethru, 381Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinatorAP Photo NY154, NY155, NY156Eds: Adds photo link. Charles London (running backs) and Harry Hiestand (offensive line) have also been hired by Nagy in the days following his introductory press conference at Halas Hall.

Helfrich's arrival signals that Nagy will continue to meld Reid's West Coast scheme with spread principles, including RPOs (run-pass options) and utilizing every inch of the field, not every second on the play clock. He was sacked after a 4-8 finish in 2016. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who could have signed with any team, has agreed to stay in Chicago to coach the defense.

He takes over a 5-11 team that missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and hasn't finished above.500 since Lovie Smith got fired after going 10-6 in 2012. In Chicago, he will be trying to develop No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky. But the Bears will need to acquire some playmaking receivers.

Helfrich becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. He was an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09. He also previously served as Chicago's offensive line coach from 2005 to 2009.

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