Bears hire Helfrich as offensive coordinator

A source said Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher would be interested in talking to the Bears if the Cardinals don't promote him to head coach.

The Bears were the first team to strike with their head coach and were able to put together a nice staff because of it. He interviewed for the Bears' head-coaching job in the wake of Fox's firing, but the Bears clearly were intent on hiring an offensive-minded coach.

The former Oregon Ducks head coach and Southern Oregon University quarterback has reportedly agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Known for the quick, high-flying offenses in Oregon, Helfrich will most likely merge his offensive gameplan with Nagy's spread offense.

Furrey, who played in the NFL for eight seasons, recently completed his second season as the head football coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. Now, he is expected to aid in the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He was also Kelly's offensive coordinator for 2009-2012, with experience before that as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator at Boise State (1998-2000), Arizona State (2001-2005) and Colorado (2006-2008). He spent the last seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns as their special teams coordinator.

The Bears defense finished in the top ten in both yards and points allowed in 2017 while forcing 22 takeaways. He's worked in Chicago before, serving as a quality control coach and offensive assistant from 2007-'09. Fox went 14-34 in three disappointing seasons in Chicago.

Chicago's defense ranked 10th overall, seventh against the pass, ninth in scoring and 11th against the run. They have resided in last place in the NFC North four straight seasons.

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