Player News - Bears

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Bears re-signed DC Vic Fangio to a three-year contract.

Fangio interviewed for Chicago's head-coaching vacancy last week but lost out to Chiefs OC Matt Nagy. He was also linked to defensive coordinator openings in Green Bay and Los Angeles (Chargers), but those jobs have since been filled. The Bears' defense was sneaky-good under Fangio this past season, ranking in the top-10 in passing yards allowed (seventh), points allowed (ninth) and total yards (10th). 2018 will be his fourth season in Chicago.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 3:17 PM

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune confirms the Bears are expected to retain DC Vic Fangio.

There was speculation Fangio could join forces with Pat Shurmur if he lands a head-coaching job this offseason—Shurmur is viewed as the favorite to replace Bruce Arians in Arizona—but instead it looks like he'll be back for a fourth season in Chicago. Despite a 5-11 record, the Bears ranked 10th in the league in total defense while generating 22 takeaways in 2017. Excluding a one-year stint at Stanford in 2010, Fangio has coached continuously in the NFL since 1986.
Jan 12 - 2:21 PM

Bears hired Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator.

This does not come as a surprise after 670 The Score's Mike Mulligan reported the two sides were close to a deal on Thursday morning. Helfrich served as Chip Kelly's coordinator at Oregon before being promoted to the lead job in 2013. New coach Matt Nagy will call the plays for Chicago, but Helfrich should help with game planning and work closely with Mitchell Trubisky. With DC Vic Fangio expected to stick around, the Bears have the makings of a quality coaching staff.
Jan 11 - 9:41 AM

670 The Score's Mike Mulligan reports the Bears are "very close" to hiring ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their new offensive coordinator.

Helfrich made his name as Chip Kelly's coordinator at Oregon, and he took over the head coaching job at the program in 2013. According to reports, Kelly is also pursuing Helfrich to coordinate his offense at UCLA, so the Bears do have some competition. New coach Matt Nagy is expected to call his own plays.
Jan 11 - 9:12 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bears new coach Matt Nagy is expected to retain DC Vic Fangio.

Spots are filling up, and the Packers have settled on Mike Pettine for their DC position, a spot Fangio was a contender for earlier Tuesday. Fangio won't have many other options if he doesn't go back to Chicago, though he's one of the best defensive play callers in the league. Things have gone best-case scenario for the Bears, getting young Nagy to hopefully be their version of Sean McVay, while Fangio and his No. 9 total defense appear to be staying in the Windy City.
Jan 9 - 9:55 PM

New Bears coach Matt Nagy plans to call his own plays in 2018.

The longtime Andy Reid assistant had never called his own plays until late in the 2017 season, but he helped turn the Chiefs' slumping offense around. The challenge will be considerably steeper with the Bears, who have extremely little talent around Mitchell Trubisky.
Jan 9 - 2:14 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bears DC Vic Fangio is the Packers' "top choice" for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

New Bears coach Matt Nagy wants to keep Fangio on staff, but that could be difficult after Chicago passed over the coordinator to hire Nagy. Despite issues on the other side of the ball, the Bears' defense overachieved under Fangio the last three seasons. He would be a good hire for the Packers.
Jan 9 - 9:56 AM

Bears hired ex-Chiefs OC Matt Nagy as head coach.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns reports GM Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy on Sunday and has decided he is the guy to replace John Fox, who was fired after the season. The Chiefs' offense took off after Nagy was given play-calling duties late in the season, and the coach was reportedly high on Mitchell Trubisky heading into last year's draft, a fact which certainly played a role in this hiring. The future of Bears DC Vic Fangio, who interviewed for the lead job, remains up in the air, but Chicago hiring an offensive mind at head coach could allow them to keep the talented defensive coordinator.
Jan 8 - 11:54 AM

The Bears interviewed DC Vic Fangio for their head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

It's probably just a token hire for Fangio. Although he's an excellent coordinator, Fangio has never really been in head-coach conversations over the years, though he was reportedly upset with the 49ers a few years back when they hired Jim Tomsula over him. Fangio then left the Niners and joined the Bears. Fangio is a talent maximizer. His unit was No. 10 in total defense this year.
Jan 3 - 2:48 PM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have requested to interview Chiefs OC Matt Nagy for their head-coaching vacancy.

Nagy has now been linked to the Colts and Bears this week. He won’t be able to interview until the Chiefs are done with the playoffs. The Bears seem zeroed in on an offensive mind to work with last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Mitchell Trubisky. Chicago is trying to find its version of Sean McVay.
Jan 2 - 9:23 PM

Bears signed GM Ryan Pace to a two-year extension through 2021.

Pace won what amounted to a power struggle with coach John Fox, whom Pace kept in the dark on the team's 2017 draft plans, then was fired immediately after the season. Pace has drafted mostly well through three years in Chicago, but his free agent moves have been mediocre at best -- most disastrously Mike Glennon and Markus Wheaton in 2017 -- and the franchise has a painful 14-34 record on his watch. The Bears have finished last in the NFC North in four straight seasons. Pace will now begin searching for a new head coach.
Jan 1 - 5:06 PM

Cameron Meredith (ACL) expects to be ready for training camp.

He is not sure how much he will do in the offseason program. Meredith suffered a torn ACL and a slight MCL tear in the third preseason game. He will be almost a year removed from the injury when camp opens next summer, making it likely he is a full go by that point.
Jan 1 - 1:30 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts will interview Chiefs OC Matt Nagy for their open head coaching job.

GM Chris Ballard spent four seasons with the Chiefs, so it is not surprising he is starting his coaching search with their candidates -- Chiefs ST coach Dave Toub is also expected to be interviewed. Only 39, Nagy was the co-offensive coordinator in 2016 before handling the job himself in 2017.
Jan 1 - 10:11 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Bears DC Vic Fangio could be a candidate for the coordinating jobs in Baltimore and Green Bay.

Ravens DC Dean Pees has retired, and Packers DC Dom Capers is expected to be fired. Out of a contract, Fangio would be a great option for either opening, but it would be in the Bears' best interest to try to keep him around. Despite talent issues, Fangio has overseen a top-15 defense each of his three years in Chicago.
Jan 1 - 10:04 AM

Markus Wheaton was held without a catch on one target in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

The zero-catch effort caps a true nightmare of a campaign. Injured from the jump, Wheaton was then ineffective, and couldn't crack the rotation in the league's thinnest receiver corps. He caught three passes in 11 games, "earning" $6 million in the process. There's a zero percent chance Wheaton is retained at his scheduled $5 million 2018 salary.
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