Arthur Arkush: Bears hiring Helfrich as OC makes sense

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 29 2016 in Eugene Ore. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35

Browns special team coordinator Chris Tabor heading to Bears

Before posting a 37-16 overall record at OR, which included guiding the Ducks to a Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the national championship game in 2014, Helfrich was Kelly's offensive coordinator. That included a run to the first College Football Playoff championship game at the end of the 2014 season with Heisman Trophy victor Marcus Mariota at quarterback. How much of Fangio's staff remains with him is another question, but it's telling that the only three Bears coaches to leave for new jobs have been on offense. And Helfrich's head-coaching experience should assist Nagy, a first-time National Football League head coach and full-time play-caller who'll be able to lean on Helfrich's background as he acclimates to a new position. 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. He was sacked on the heels of a 4-8 finish in 2016.

Helfrich's arrival signals that Nagy will continue to meld Reid's West Coast scheme with spread principles, including run-pass options and utilizing every inch of the field, not every second on the play clock.

As much as the Bears sought a fresh voice and new approach for the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky, they were pretty happy with how the defense has come along.

The decisions leading Fangio back to the Bears should make it interesting to watch the defenses in Green Bay and Chicago over the next few seasons.

The Bears finished 5-11 in 2017 and have missed the postseason in 10 of the last 11 years.

The development of Trubisky, the No. 2 overall draft pick last spring, will go a long way toward lifting an offense that ranked 30th overall and last in passing.

Tabor spent the past seven seasons as Cleveland's special teams coordinator. He was an offensive assistant with the Bears from 2007-09.

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