Bears hiring Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

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Chicago Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, center, watches the play of his offensive line during football mini-camp in Lake Forest, Ill., Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich to be their offensive coordinator, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.

With the success he had during his eight seasons in Eugene (four as head coach), he wouldn't go long without landing another job. All of Helfrich's previous coaching experience, beginning in 1996, has been at the college level. Succeeding Kelly as head coach (the third Ducks coach to be promoted from offensive coordinator), Helfrich transitioned from Kelly's up-tempo spread offense to a more balanced attack. Hiestand, who coached the team's line when they reached the Super Bowl in 2007, has made a name for himself at Notre Dame with a string of first round picks, including two potential first rounders in this year's NFL Draft.

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

A large reason why Nagy was hired to be the Bears HC is to groom second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

It's also a great hire for Nagy, who has not hid his intentions to mix West Coast offense concepts with the spread, much like his former boss Andy Reid.

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