Vic Fangio agrees to new 3-year deal with Bears

Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich foreground walks onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis Ore. Oregon fired coach Mark Helfrich Tuesday night Nov. 29 201

Mark Helfrich spent his 2017 out of football.

The Chicago Bears have hired former OR head coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator. It was paramount for Nagy to have a veteran defensive coordinator that could basically be the head coach of the defense while Nagy focused on developing Mitch Trubisky, modernizing the offense, and getting his feet wet as a first year head coach.

According to the settlement, both parties acknowledged that the lump sum was less than the maximum that UO would have owed had it paid Helfrich through the end of his contract in 2020 but was calculated "with the expectation that coach's earnings from comparable employment. through January 31, 2020, will not exceed $1,700,000".

The Bears are looking to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and emerge from one of the worst runs in franchise history. But he's the second arrival from the college ranks, joining former Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, whose securing by Nagy on Thursday was met with rave reviews.


Bears now have hired former Oregon HC Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator, per source. He worked under Koetter at Boise State in 1998 and then followed him to Arizona State. Tabor was Chicago's assistant special teams coach from 2008-2010.

The Browns ranked sixth in kickoff return average against (21.8), seventh in the National Football League in punt return average (9.9), ninth in total kick return yards (8,974) and 10th in total return yards allowed (7,627) since Tabor joined Cleveland in 2011.

Fangio has developed this Bears' defense over the past three seasons, under head John Fox. 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. They have resided in last in the NFC North four straight seasons.

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