As much as the Bears sought a fresh voice and new approach for the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky, they were pretty happy with how the defense has come along.
New Bears coach Matt Nagy is tabbing former OR head coach Mark Helfrich as his new offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports. Despite that level of interest from other teams, it appears that Fangio is going to remain in Chicago and continue coaching a defense that has bought into his philosophy.
Fangio returned from the West Coast early Wednesday and was in discussions with the team that day.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Fangio has agreed to return to the Bears.
Helfrich's main accomplishments all occurred at the collegiate level, where he was the offensive coordinator for OR under former head coach Chip Kelly. By no means did that close off all options for Fangio. Before that he succeeded Chip Kelly as head coach at OR, with a 37-16 record over four seasons.
Here's a look at Nagy's staff as it stands now. The Bears defense finished in the top-10 in points allowed (9th), total yards (10th) and passing yards (7th) in 2017. Injuries have consistently exposed a lack of depth, and Pace's record in free agency has so far been shaky in trying to replace talented players such as receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and kicker Robbie Gould.
Hiring a veteran defensive coordinator was paramount for Nagy, a first-time head coach who will be directing the offense. Fangio knows the strengths and weaknesses of the personnel, and that will be an aid in tweaking the roster this offseason. Charles London (running backs) and Harry Hiestand (offensive line) have also been hired by Nagy in the days following his introductory press conference at Halas Hall.
Before becoming the Ducks' head coach, Helfrich was their quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 2009-12 under Chip Kelly.