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The Chicago Bears recently appointed Matt Nagy as the head coach of the future in the Windy City. Nagy comes to Chicago after spending five seasons under Andy Reid and the high scoring Kansas City Chiefs offense. With the addition of new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, who was most recently head coach of the Oregon Ducks from 2013-16, Bears fans want to know what to expect from an offense that has finished near the bottom of the NFL for far too long. Here are three things we can expect to see from the Nagy/Helfrich offense in 2018.

More run-pass option: The Bears have a mobile quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky and two exciting young running backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen who will enter their third and second seasons in the NFL respectively. Trubisky had success with the run-pass option calls in 2017 but we can expect to see even more throughout his second season. With the addition of Helfrich to the staff, we could see a few new wrinkles to these type of play calls each week. Helfrich was at the helm at Oregon when Marcus Mariota ran and passed all over the college football landscape in 2014 and Mariota continues to have success running similar plays in Tennessee.Β With some added depth at receiver to the Chicago offense this off-season, the Bears could become a scary offense for the NFC conference to defend in 2018.

Pass first/ run second:Β Nagy was co-offensive coordinator in Kansas City during his final year working alongside Andy Reid. Reid and Nagy were a pass heavy team during 2017 as they went through the air on 58.9% of the offensive snaps. It’s no secret that Nagy was enamored with Trubisky throughout the draft process a year ago and believes in his ability move the ball down the field. In 2018, we will see Trubisky unleashed with Nagy and Helfrich calling the shots.

Fewer turnovers:Β Nagy spent all five seasons in Kanas City as Alex Smith’s quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator. In each of those five seasons one thing remained consistent, Smith rarely turned the ball over. In a season that saw only ten total turnovers for the Chiefs, the Bears gave the ball away six more times committing sixteen turnovers in 2017. Granted, five of those turnovers came via interception of Mike Glennon passes during the first four weeks of the season before rookie Mitchell Trubisky started under center. Pair a second year quarterback who has twelve games of experience under his belt with a confident and smart offensive mind who enters 2018 as the Bears head coach and we could see a giant leap of productivity from the offense next season with fewer turnovers.




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