2. Mark Helfrich, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator
The guy is just five years removed from playing for the national title. If he got the gig, he’d hold the distinction of being one of just nine current head coaches to have coached in a national championship.
Of course he took what Chip Kelly did and kept it going, but you have to be doing something right if you win 33 games in three years.
He had one awful clunker in 2016, and the program made a move in the better-to-cut-a-guy-too-early-than-too-late thing.
But as the offensive coordinator, under the vision of head coach Matt Nagy, the Chicago Bears went from being among the NFL’s most boring teams to a rising power with an offense that’s putting up historic – yeah, really, for the pass-challenged franchise – numbers in a quick turnaround.
Helfrich obviously knows the Pac-12, and the former Colorado offensive coordinator under Dan Hawkins knows the program.
If nothing else, the offense will work.
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