Vic Fangio expected to return as Bears defensive coordinator

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His coaching staff seems likely to take shape fairly quickly, and on Thursday morning ESPN's Adam Schefter reported former OR head coach Mike Helfrich is coming aboard as offensive coordinator. Helfrich won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to the first College Football Playoff championship game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 campaign.

The former Oregon Ducks head coach and Southern Oregon University quarterback has reportedly agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.

Mark Helfrich: The former OR head coach will serve as Nagy's offensive coordinator, although Nagy is expected to call his own plays. Line coach Harry Hiestand and running backs coach Charles London were hired on Wednesday.

After four seasons and a 37-16 record, he was sacked in November 2016 and still owed $11.6 million as part of a contract extension that ran through January 2020.

Nagy said he will call the plays and the offense will be his design, but Helfrich will obviously have plenty of influence. Now, he is expected to aid in the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. 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.

The Bears finished 5-11 in 2017 and have missed the postseason in 10 of the last 11 years. Nagy spent the past decade working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City, serving as the Chiefs' sole offensive coordinator this past season.

Fangio's defenses have been ranked in the top 10 in points and yards during five of the last seven seasons. Tabor was Chicago's assistant special teams coach from 2008-2010. Fangio has coached a total of 31 years in the National Football League, with additional stops in Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Carolina and New Orleans. He was an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09.

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