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2017 Schedule
5-11, 4th in NFC North
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2dMike Sando

Re-grading every NFL team's 2017 offseason

Few paid much attention last March when the Minnesota Vikings signed Case Keenum to a one-year contract for $2 million -- but that move became one of the most pivotal of the 2017 season. Here's how every team's offseason acquisitions look now.

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UConn hires Chicago Bears' John Dunn as OC

UConn has reached to the NFL to hire a new offensive coordinator -- John Dunn, a former Chicago Bears assistant coach. Dunn replaces Rhett Lashlee.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

New Bears running backs coach Charles London coached the last four years in Houston under Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, who brought London to Houston with him from Penn State (2012-13). London spent three seasons with the Bears on Lovie Smith's staff from 2007-09 as Chicago's offensive quality control coach and assistant wide receivers coach.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Tabor spent the last seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns as their special teams coordinator. Dave Toub's former understudy, Tabor served as the Bears assistant special teams coach from 2008-10 before taking the Browns job. Under Tabor, Cleveland's special teams ranked sixth in kickoff return against average, seventh in the NFL in punt return average and ninth in total kick return yards since 2011.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears officially announce the hiring of Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator, Chris Tabor as special teams coach and Charles London as running backs coach. The Bears still want to keep defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but no word if a deal has been reached yet.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich to be their offensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. New Bears head coach Matt Nagy said on Monday that he will be calling his own plays in Chicago, but the addition of Helfrich, who went 37-16 as head coach of the Ducks, should help the development of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

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Bears hire Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Mark Helfrich, who went 37-16 as head coach of the Oregon Ducks before he was fired after the 2016 season, will be Matt Nagy's offensive coordinator with the Bears, a source told ESPN.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears hired veteran offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, the team announced on Wednesday. Hiestand, who coached the Bears offensive line from 2005-09, spent the last six seasons at the University of Notre Dame.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Harry Hiestand is returning to the NFL to coach the Chicago Bears' offensive line, according to multiple reports. Hiestand was on the coaching staff the last time the Bears went to the Super Bowl. He coached for the last six years at Notre Dame, where his offensive line produced to All-Americans and won the Joe Moore Award this past fall.

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Brad Childress

The ex-coach, who has known Bears HC Matt Nagy well, joined Kap and Jordan the new hire.

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8dMatt Bowen

Watson or Jimmy G? Ranking new wave of starting QBs to build around

Deshaun Watson carried the Texans at the beginning of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo carried the 49ers at the end of the season. But which QB has the most upside? We ranked from 1 to 7 the guys who established themselves as NFL starters in 2017.

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Nagy says Trubisky and Smith have 'similar styles' (0:43)
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Nagy using playoff loss as 'tool' to improve (0:56)
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Nagy: Bears need to start with 'foundation' (1:14)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"So us three were in there together. Unbelievable sounding board for me, just to bounce things off each other. And we would conclude each interview and kind of talk about what we saw in each guy and kind of go through our different opinions. But it was good. You know, I led these interviews and then was just able to lean on them for different things and then different perspectives too, which was valuable. It was kind of a whirlwind tour, with some interesting excursions along the way that I would be happy to share in more private moments. But it was a good experience, it was a valuable experience and I think we came to the right decision." -- Bears GM Ryan Pace on George McCaskey and Ted Phillips tagging along on interviews.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

“It was a great experience for me and in several ways. The preparation part, you don't know what to expect. During the week, you can kind of prepare. You might change your call sheet versus what Coach Reid had when he did it, to where it's more of a memorization of what (you're gonna) call and get that to the quarterback. I felt like each and every week, I became more and more comfortable with it. I ended up kind of getting into a rhythm at times, when to call certain runs, how to do my call sheet Thursday or Friday night, and then I grew from it.” -- Bears head coach Matt Nagy on the confidence he gained calling plays for Andy Reid.

Team Stats

Passing Yards175.732nd
Rushing Yards111.816th
Points For16.529th
Points Against20.09th