Maddon Weighs in on Bears' Hiring of Matt Nagy

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 29 2016 in Eugene Ore. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35

Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, who interviewed with Pace for the head coaching position, is considered a possibility and he is coming out of contract.

Helfrich was also reportedly offered the offensive coordinator position at UCLA by Chip Kelly-an especially enticing proposition for southern OR football fans given Chase Cota's commitment.

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. His career, which began at Southern Oregon University, his alma mater, in 1996 as a running backs coach, has been spent exclusively at the college level to this point.

What the addition of Helfrich could mean is a greater tempo to Nagy's offense, diversifying the system with run-pass option looks and other elements that put to use the mobility of 23-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

OR owed Helfrich an $11.6 million buyout.

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It also signals the Bears' need to add speed and dynamic playmakers after the catch to an offense that was severely lacking in both areas, except for rookie sensation Tarik Cohen, whose upside is exciting with the new creative offensive minds on board.

Fangio, who helped transform the Bears' defense from one of the worst in the NFL and into one of the league's best, will remain on the staff of new head coach Matt Nagy as he assembled his team in Chicago.

London spent the last four years as the Texans' running backs coach.

"That's a very important hire for me", Nagy said during his introductory news conference. There was no guarantee the team would be able to retain Fangio and the Bears remain in limbo as to what direction they will take defensively under Nagy.

The future of Vic Fangio remains uncertain.

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