The Bears are officially moving forward from Mark Helfrich. The Bears have hired Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator, sources say.
Lazor has previously worked as the offensive coordinator with the Dolphins from 2014- 2015 before being fired in November 2015. He was then hired by the Bengals in 2016, where he served as their quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to interim Bengals OC in 2017 after the organization fired Ken Zampese, becoming the full time OC in Cincinnati in 2018. Lazor was fired by the Bengals in January of 2019. Prior to this past year, he had been coaching for 24 straight seasons.
How will this affect the Bears current offense? Lazor has been known for using a west coast style offense, which places a greater emphasis on passing than running. During the 2018 season with the Bengals, Lazor’s offense ranked 27 in yards gained per pass attempts. Under Lazor, the Bengals were the worst ranked offensive team in the league in 2017. There was previous speculation the Bears would consider Chiefs OC Mike Kafka for the role, but reports say he wasn't under consideration.