Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bears are hiring Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator.
Lazor replaces Mark Helfrich, who was let go a few weeks ago.
Earlier in the day, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears had expressed interest in Lazor after they were unable to hire Pat Shurmur.
According to Biggs, the Broncos were able to offer Shurmur the opportunity to call plays and work with QB Drew Lock while HC Matt Nagy plans to retain play-calling duties and keep Mitch Trubisky in place as their quarterback.
Lazor, 47, began his NFL coaching career with the Falcons in 2003 as an offensive quality control coach. From there, Lazor worked for a number of teams including the Redskins, Seahawks, Eagles and Dolphins before the Bengals hired him as their quarterbacks coach in 2016.
After the Bengals fired OC Ken Zampese a few weeks into the 2017 season, Lazor was promoted to offensive coordinator. The Bengals elected to retain Lazor as their offensive coordinator last year.
Cincinnati parted ways with Lazor a few weeks ago after it became clear they were set on hiring Zac Taylor as their next head coach.
In 2018, the Bengals’ offense ranked No. 26 in total yards, No. 17 in points scored, No. 21 in rushing yards and No. 24 in passing yards.