The Chicago Bears are bringing in former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor as their new coordinator, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.
Lazor, who was out of pro football last season after being fired following the 2018 season, is part of a staff overhaul in Chicago. Head coach Matt Nagy, who was the play-caller for a team that went 8-8 this season, dismissed second-year coordinator Mark Helfrich, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride Jr., among other changes.
Lazor, 47, took control of the Bengals offense two games into the 2017 season when coordinator Ken Zampese was fired. The unit finished the season ranked 32nd in total offense and 26th in scoring offense. The Bengals were 26th and 17th, respectively, in 2018.
Lazor was named Bengals quarterbacks coach in 2016, and he has previous coaching stops in various roles, including as coordinator with the Miami Dolphins (2014-15) before being fired near the end of his second season. He has NFL stops with the Philadelphia Eagles (2013), Seattle Seahawks (2008-09), Washington Redskins (2004-07) and Atlanta Falcons (2003).
He was the University of Virginia offensive coordinator from 2010-12.