Bears Officially Announce Hiring Of Mark Helfrich, 2 Others

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In some ways, this feels like the fortuitous path the Los Angeles Rams took last offseason, when they hired Sean McVay, a 31-year-old first-time head coach, who managed to lure veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to join him.

With Fangio back, the Bears have filled all three coordinator spots.

After sitting out the first four games of the season, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft started the final 12, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Before posting a 37-16 overall record at OR, which included guiding the Ducks to a Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the national championship game in 2014, Helfrich was Kelly's offensive coordinator.

The Bears still have not hired an offensive coordinator, but they are still in talks with defensive coordinator about returning to the team, Bears G.M. told a local radio program on Wednesday night. With their fast-paced and prolific spread-option offense, the Ducks went 46-7 during that time.

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He then worked as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05) before serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Colorado (2006-08). He is the first defensive coordinator to be retained by a new Bears coach since Buddy Ryan was inherited by Mike Ditka - at George Halas' behest - in 1982.

He is trying to help turn around a team that missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and hasn't finished above.500 since Lovie Smith was sacked after going 10-6 in 2012.

The Bears defense finished in the top ten in both yards and points allowed in 2017 while forcing 22 takeaways.

Tabor spent the past seven seasons as Cleveland's special teams coordinator.

London has spent nine seasons in the National Football League - the past four as Houston's running backs coach. London spent three years (2007-09) on Lovie Smith's staff in Chicago as an offensive quality control coach and assistant wide receivers coach. The Bears also have two former Ducks, Hroniss Grasu and Kyle Long, on the offensive line. Furrey recently completed his second season as the head coach at Limestone College in SC.

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