Chicago Bears reportedly retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

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The Bears are looking to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and emerge from one of the worst runs in franchise history.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears will hire former University of OR head coach as their new offensive coordinator. Fox went 14-34 in three disappointing seasons in Chicago. "We all are aware of that situation and that's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference. Fangio was believed to have been a candidate for the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator position, but the Packers hired former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine on Wednesday; a day after the Los Angeles Chargers announced they had reached an agreement to retain their defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley.

Fangio, of course, has been the Bears' defensive coordinator since 2015 when John Fox brought him in.

Helfrich began his coaching career as running backs coach at Southern Oregon in 1996 before playing and serving as offensive coordinator in Europe with the Vienna (Austria) Vikings in 1997. By no means did that close off all options for Fangio.

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The Bears were the first team to strike with their head coach and were able to put together a nice staff because of it. The Bears interviewed Fangio, 59, for their head coach position last week. In 2017, the Bears finished ninth in points and 10th in yards.

Fangio became a free agent Tuesday after declining a contract extension last offseason. But he's the second arrival from the college ranks, joining former Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, whose securing by Nagy on Thursday was met with rave reviews.

It's safe to assume that several of Fangio's defensive assistants will also return, but the Bears now have their main assistants locked in with Fangio, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor.

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