Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is heading to the NFL. He will be the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
Mark Helfrich has been floated for a few head coaching and offensive coordinator positions in the college ranks.
Recently, there were reports that he would potentially rejoin former boss Chip Kelly and serve as the offensive coordinator for UCLA, as well as a job on Tom Herman’s Texas staff. He was also discussed as a candidate for the newly-opened Arizona Wildcats job to replace ousted head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Instead, he is reportedly NFL-bound. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Helfrich will take over as the Bears’ OC, under new head coach Matt Nagy.
Bears now have hired former Oregon HC Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2018
WSCR’s Mully and Haney first reported this as a possibility, and Ian Rapoport confirmed that it was in the works, saying that he might have to choose between the Bears and pursuing Arizona.
— Mully And Hanley (@mullyhanley) January 11, 2018
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2018
This is an interesting fit for a number of reasons. Helfrich comes from the Chip Kelly tree, and Kelly had a pretty fraught NFL tenure. His offense is also a bit different than that of new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who comes over after serving as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and Andy Reid’s system.