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Vic Fangio agrees to new deal to remain with Bears

Vic Fangio agrees to new deal to remain with Bears

Helfrich, 44, will join the staff of new head coach Matt Nagy, the former Chiefs offensive coordinator who was hired to replace John Fox. Although the Bears are a combined 14-34 in the last three seasons, the team finished in the top 10 in points allowed, total yards and passing yards last season. There also had been reports that Fangio could follow Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, should he get a head coaching role elsewhere, but Shurmur remains off limits until the Vikings are out of the postseason.

The Bears officially announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor earlier on Friday.

Helfrich was a 37-16 in his four seasons leading OR, including a Rose Bowl victory and national championship appearance in January 2015.

Helfrich took the Ducks to the national title game in his second season, something that gets glossed over by critics who give the credit to quarterback Marcus Mariota. He was the defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers (1995-1998), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-2005) and San Francisco 49ers (2011-2014).

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Helfrich is Nagy's fourth reported coaching hire and the first without ties to Lovie Smith's Bears staff. It was a coup, as the Rams won the NFC West with an 11-5 record and McVay was named Pro Football Weekly's 2017 Coach of the Year. But the Bears will need to acquire some playmaking receivers.

His brother, Ron Turner, works as the team's offensive consultant and nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach.

Tabor spent the past seven seasons as Cleveland's special teams coordinator.

London will be tasked with maximizing the talents of running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, who proved to be one of the NFL's more intriguing tandems last season. Charles London (running backs) and Harry Hiestand (offensive line) have also been hired by Nagy in the days following his introductory press conference at Halas Hall. With Detroit in 2006, he ranked second in the league with 98 receptions while recording 1,086 yards and six touchdowns.


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