Chicago Bears introduce Matt Nagy as staff's 16th head coach

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Fangio, who helped transform the Bears' defense from one of the worst in the NFL and into one of the league's best, will reportedly remain on the staff of new head coach Matt Nagy as he assembled his team in Chicago.

New Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy's staff is taking shape.

Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation.

Bears hire Helfrich as offensive coordinator

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

As the Bears play the waiting game with Vic Fangio to determine if he's in or out as the team's defensive coordinator, it's worth wondering what the timeline will be for a decision.

Plenty of speculation has been focused on Bears defensive coordinator, whose contract technically expired on Tuesday.

But Helfrich could not sustain the success of his first season and was sacked by OR after a 4-8 2016 season, finishing with a 36-17 record in four seasons at the helm. The Bears also have two former Ducks, Hroniss Grasu and Kyle Long, on the offensive line.

That Fangio oversaw a strong improvement on defense despite the team placing six regulars on injured reserve was a testament to his work.

General manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday night during an appearance on WSCR-670 AM that he and Nagy were both in contact with Fangio. Fox went 14-34 in three disappointing seasons in Chicago.

Bears now have hired former Oregon HC Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator, per source. Nagy spent the past decade working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City and served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator this past season.

Bills fire Dennison: The Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison after the team finished 29th in offense this season.

Chicago's defense ranked 10th overall, seventh against the pass, ninth in scoring and 11th against the run.

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