Mark Helfrich and Oregon Ducks reached $8 million lump-sum settlement in May

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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.

The Chicago Bears moved relatively quickly to hire a new head coach, with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy officially announced on Tuesday.

It wouldn't have been the end of the world if the Bears' lost Fangio, as long as they replaced him with a solid DC and there were a couple available, but now the Bears know they have continuity with the defense and will give Fangio the keys to keep building what he's done over the past three seasons.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Fangio has agreed to return to the Bears.

Helfrich, 44, was the OR head coach from 2013 to "16, after four years of being the Ducks" quarterbacks coach-offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly.

Nagy made it clear at his introductory press conference that he was interested in retaining Fangio, but other jobs in Arizona and Green Bay loomed as potential landing spots when the coordinator's contract expired earlier this week. By no means did that close off all options for Fangio. He should be a strong, experienced partner for the young head coach.

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The Bears were the first team to strike with their head coach and were able to put together a nice staff because of it. In 2017, the Bears finished ninth in points and 10th in yards.

But the Bears presented a chance for Fangio to continue building what he has worked on the last three years.

With Nagy calling the plays on offense, Fangio's defensive knowledge becomes that much more important.

The Bears have hired former OR head coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Harry Hiestand: The veteran offensive line coach returns to Chicago after a six-year stint at the University of Notre Dame.

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