New Bears coach Matt Nagy put on the full-court press and convinced him to return for a third season in Chicago. So the move to a young, offensive-minded head coach as a direct opposite to John Fox was obvious with the hiring of Nagy, and he may have laid out how he wanted Helfrich as his offensive coordinator during his interview.
Fangio runs a 3-4 defense like the Cardinal have had for several seasons. Fangio was believed to have been a candidate for the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator position, but the Packers hired former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine on Wednesday; a day after the Los Angeles Chargers announced they had reached an agreement to retain their defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Stitcher Radio. "We all are aware of that situation and that's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference.More news: Manufacturing Activity Expands in December, New Orders Index Nears 70%
He is not sure if defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will stay. Helfrich held a similar role in OR under Chip Kelly from 2009-12. By no means did that close off all options for Fangio. In 2017, the Bears finished ninth in points and 10th in yards.
Helfrich led the Ducks-known for their explosive record-setting offense-to a 37-16 record in four seasons as coach from 2013-16, including a 24-12 mark in the Pac-12. After reports seemed to be solidifying last night that Fangio was waiting out to see if he would be able to join Pat Shurmur if he got a head coaching gig, now it seems that Fangio is ready to come back to the Windy City. Injuries have consistently exposed a lack of depth, and Pace's record in free agency has so far been shaky in trying to replace talented players such as receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and kicker Robbie Gould. Fangio knows the strengths and weaknesses of the personnel, and that will be an aid in tweaking the roster this offseason.More news: Second Mercedes-Benz G-Class Teaser Shows The SUV Playing In Sand
The Bears also named Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator and Charles London as running backs coach.More news: Two City Council members placed in handcuffs at deportation rally