Browns special team coordinator Chris Tabor heading to Bears

Mark Helfrich agreed to join the Bears as Matt Nagy's offensive coordinator

There was speculation Fangio could join forces with Pat Shurmur if he lands a head-coaching job this offseason-Shurmur is viewed as the favorite to replace Bruce Arians in Arizona-but instead it looks like he'll be back for a fourth season in Chicago.

Helfrich was also reportedly offered the offensive coordinator position at UCLA by Chip Kelly-an especially enticing proposition for southern OR football fans given Chase Cota's commitment. The Bears have made considerable progress building Nagy's staff, taking advantage of the head start they got on other teams seeking a new coach.

Helfrich didn't call plays as Oregon's offensive coordinator and he won't in Chicago.

After Kelly left, Helfrich became the head coach and reached the National Championship Game in 2013 with Marcus Mariota. The Bears were 5-11 this past season and haven't finished above.500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after their last visit to the playoffs.

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In Chicago, Helfrich will be tasked with mentoring young quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who showed flashes of the arm talent that led to him being selected second overall but struggled behind a poor offensive line.

The NFC North rival Packers and the Ravens were the most prominent options for Fangio, and both filled their defensive coordinator positions by Tuesday night. As part of the buyout, any future salary he earned working in football would mitigate what UO owed. The hire is a great example of the "innovative" and "outside the box" thinking that appealed to general manager Ryan Pace when he chose Nagy.

Pace has had some big hits in the draft such as star running back Jordan Howard (2016, fifth round) and notable misses such as oft-injured receiver Kevin White (2015, first round).

Fox helped restore some of the professionalism that was missing under former GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman.

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