Helfrich, a former quarterback at Southern Oregon, is most noted for working under Kelly at Oregon.
Days after the Bears hired Matt Nagy as their new head coach, the team added former OR coach Mark Helfrich as the offensive coordinator, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. He has spent all 10 of his National Football League seasons working under head coach Andy Reid, first with the Eagles from 2008-12 and then with the Chiefs from 2013-17. Helfrich thrived as Offensive Coordinator at OR under Head Coach Chip Kelly helping lead the team to three successful seasons and a National Championship. In Helfrich's eight years in Eugene, Oregon consistently had one of the most prolific offenses in all of college football. He has bided his time after he was sacked following a 4-8 season a year ago. The Bears invested a lot of resources to draft him in 2017 with the No. 2 pick. He has seen the college game evolve for many years as a coach and, last season, as a television analyst.
Helfrich got his first major break in coaching joining Koetter's staff at Boise State in 1998 and then following Koetter to Arizona State.
Ballard did interview former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for the position, and there were conflicting reports as to whether the Colts offered him the job or not. Helfrich was instrumental in developing current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota into a Heisman Trophy victor during his time in Oregon.
Mark Helfrich isn't going to join Chip Kelly at UCLA. Nagy signed on with the Philadelphia Eagles under Reid as a coaching intern in 2008 and traveled to Kansas City with Reid in 2013, slowly moving up the ranks along the way.
The Bears need to develop Mitch Trubisky, who showed franchise-changing potential as a rookie, and that fits Helfrich's background.