Now, he is expected to aid in the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
New Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy's staff is taking shape. Helfrich, who spent the 2017 season as a football analyst for Fox Sports, has a strong track record as a coach, and will look to prove himself at the professional level. "We all are aware of that situation and that's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference. Fangio would be a bit of a familiar face in the NFC West, as he was defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014, when they were one of the top defenses in the league. His coaching staff seems likely to take shape fairly quickly, and on Thursday morning ESPN's Adam Schefter reported former OR head coach Mike Helfrich is coming aboard as offensive coordinator. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith talks with quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy at NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Aug. 5, 2015.
Chicago also interviewed Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur (Minnesota) and Josh McDaniels (New England), Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
But the Bears presented a chance for Fangio to continue building what he has worked on the last three years.
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The Bears finished the season 10th with 319.1 yards allowed per game and ninth with 20 points allowed per game.
Hiring a veteran defensive coordinator was paramount for Nagy, a first-time head coach who will be directing the offense.
With Fangio coming back, it's likely the Bears will consider retaining multiple position coaches on that side of the ball, with Nagy having the final say.
The Bears have had a busy week of hires this week, bringing in Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator and Chris Tabor as their special teams coordinator.