The Bears dipped into the collegiate ranks to hire offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and they are doing the same at offensive coordinator.
Over 7 seasons Tabor managed to survive 2 owners, 5 general managers and 4 different head coaches with the Browns. All of Helfrich's previous coaching experience, beginning in 1996, has been at the college level.
Helfrich's crowning achievement in Eugene was leading the Ducks to the National Championship Game in 2014, the first year of the College Football Playoff.
Helfrich worked under Chip Kelly at OR, creating one of the most dynamic offenses in college football.
The situation is tricky, because Fangio was a candidate for the Bears' head coaching position that instead went to Nagy. During a podcast interview with Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman (both still with Fox Sports at the time), Helfrich admitted it was "awkward" to call a game in Corvallis, Oregon, which is where he coached his final game with the Ducks. The University of Arizona was reportedly interested in hiring Helfrich to replace Rich Rodriguez.