Prior to becoming Oregon's head coach, Helfrich was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Ducks from 2009 through 2012.
Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is heading to the NFL. It starts with Trubisky, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, who had a solid start to his career. He's very smart, down to earth and relatable, and his experience in the college level should help with Trubisky, who is only 23.
Taking a hiatus from coaching, Helfrich joined Fox Sports last August as a game analyst, partnered with play-by-play man Justin Kutcher and fellow analyst Petros Papadakis. Hiestand, who was previously the offensive line coach for Notre Dame, is a well-respected coach and has received excellent reviews from players, coaches and front office executives.
As expected, Bears coach Matt Nagy showed his appreciation for Chiefs coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith in his introductory press conference. After a 24-4 records in his first two years that included an apperance in the National Championship game in 2014, Helfrich's team slipped to a 9-4 record in 2015 and then to 4-8 in 2016. But he couldn't maintain Kelly's success - seasons of 11-2, 13-2, 9-4 and 4-8 - and was sacked after the 2016 season.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported that the Green Bay Packers have interest in Fangio and would be among the leading candidates to hire the respected coordinator should he leave Chicago. At Oregon, Helfrich was responsible for the development of Marcus Mariota and before that, he had worked with Buccaneers Dirk Koetter at both Boise State and Arizona State.