Bears are expected to retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Bears are expected to retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Now, he is expected to aid in the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Helfrich, who was sacked after Oregon's 4-8 finish in 2016, will be hired as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, according to an ESPN report. Fox went 14-34 in three disappointing seasons in Chicago. 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.

Helfrich, 44, was the OR head coach from 2013 to "16, after four years of being the Ducks" quarterbacks coach-offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly.

Chicago also interviewed Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur (Minnesota) and Josh McDaniels (New England), Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. By no means did that close off all options for Fangio.

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.

The Bears finished the season 10th with 319.1 yards allowed per game and ninth with 20 points allowed per game.

But the Bears presented a chance for Fangio to continue building what he has worked on the last three years. It accomplished that while losing six starters or key contributors to injured reserve: outside linebackers Leonard Floyd, Willie Young and Pernell McPhee, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, safety Quintin Demps and defensive end Mitch Unrein. The Bears hired Notre Dame's Harry Hiestand as offensive line coach.

Helfrich will not call plays with the Bears, as new head coach Matt Nagy has already said he will handle those responsibilities.

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