The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinaotr. Helfrich helped develop Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, but he has never worked for an NFL team in his life.
Helfrich, a former quarterback at Southern Oregon, is most noted for working under Chip Kelly at Oregon. He was Kelly’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 2009-12 — when the Ducks were 46-7 with a prolific offense. He took over as head coach when Kelly left to become the head coach of the Eagles and was 37-16 in for seasons — including a berth in the national championship game after the 2014 season.
But he couldn’t maintain Kelly’s success — seasons of 11-2, 13-2, 9-4 and 4-8 — and was fired after the 2016 season.
Helfrich also was tutored by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, a noted West Coast offense practitioner at Boise State and Arizona State.
Helfrich worked as an analyst for Fox Sports during the 2017 college football season.