Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is headed to the NFL. The Chicago Bears have hired Helfrich to be offensive coordinator, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bears now have hired former Oregon HC Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2018
Helfrich will be coaching two of his former Oregon players, offensive linemen Kyle Long and Hroniss Grasu.
"Beyond excited and thrilled to be working with Coach Helf again," said Grasu. "Love the guy and his family. We are very fortunate to have him."
Helfrich was the offensive coordinator of the Ducks from 2009-2012 and moved into the head coaching spot after Chip Kelly left for the Eagles. He won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to a national title game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 season.
It was rumored that Kelly offered the UCLA offensive coordinator job to Helfrich.