Coordinator watch: Bears waiting on Vic Fangio

Coordinator watch: Bears waiting on Vic Fangio

Coordinator watch: Bears waiting on Vic Fangio

Fangio's return is the key component to Nagy's first coaching staff, a move that likely will open some eyes around the National Football League and identify the Bears as a team to watch in the offseason.

Fangio, 59, will sign a three-year contract, according to ESPN. Fangio ultimately spurned every potential job, opting to stay with Chicago. Oregon's offensive coordinator from 2009-'12, Helfrich first oversaw the Chip Kelly up-tempo spread offense, which he continued as the Ducks' head coach from 2013-'16 after Kelly left for the NFL. Line coach Harry Hiestand and running backs coach Charles London were hired on Wednesday. He is the first defensive coordinator to be retained by a new Bears coach since Buddy Ryan was inherited by Mike Ditka - at George Halas' behest - in 1982.

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

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.

Fangio's defenses have been ranked in the top 10 in points and yards during five of the last seven seasons.

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After 21 years of coaching collegiately, Mark Helfrich is making the jump to the NFL.

He takes over a 5-11 team that missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and hasn't finished above.500 since Lovie Smith got fired after going 10-6 in 2012. The status of assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is unknown.

If he leaves Chicago, he could potentially be replaced by Arizona's current defensive coordinator, James Bettcher.

For now, the waiting game with Fangio continues and if the Bears' fallback plans aren't currently available, there is no reason to hurry.

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