Bears Hire Bill Lazor, John DeFilippo to Matt Nagy's Coaching Staff

Paul KasabianSenior Contributor

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints won 51-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears' reshuffling of their offensive coaching staff continued Thursday as the team hired former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to fill their vacant OC role and former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as their quarterbacks coach.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported Monday that the Bears were expected to add Lazor following the firing of ex-offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. Chicago also parted with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride and assistant special teams coach Brock Olivo.

Lazor was the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator from 2014-15 and filled the same role for the Bengals from 2017-18.

He brings a wealth of experience to the Bears as he's coached in the pro or collegiate ranks since 1994. He has been in the NFL since 2003 outside a stint as Virginia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2010-12.

DeFilippo has been an offensive coordinator for the 2015 Cleveland Browns, 2018 Minnesota Vikings and 2019 Jaguars. He and the Jags mutually parted ways Monday.

Dave Ragone, a former star quarterback for Louisville, has been with the Bears since 2016. He was retained on Matt Nagy's staff after ex-head coach John Fox was fired following the 2017 campaign. 

The three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year has coached in the NFL ranks since 2011.

Those three, Nagy and the rest of the offensive coaches have a lot of work to do to fix the Bears' scoring attack, which ranked just 29th in points per game this season. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's performance regressed in Year 3, and the run game averaged just 3.7 yards per carry.

Still, Chicago is only one year removed from a far more successful offensive campaign, as the 2018 Bears were ninth in scoring.

Chicago should return much of its personnel heading into 2020, including No. 1 wideout Allen Robinson II, so a return to 2018's form is certainly feasible.

The 2019 Bears went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

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