The Chicago Bears this past season, allowed an NFL-worst 161.4 rushing yards per game, and the 478 points, 6,313 yards and 2,583 rushing yards were the worst single-season totals in club history. However, Defensive Coordinator, Mel Tucker, will keep his job with the team.
“We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit,” said head coach, Marc Trestman. “He fully understands where we need to improve, has the skill set and leadership to oversee the changes that need to be made, and to execute our plan to get the results we know are necessary.”
However, Linebackers Coach, Tim Tibesar, who coached with Trestman in the CFL and Defensive Line Coach, Mike Phair, a holdover from former Head Coach, Lovie Smith’s staff, were let go.
“We thank Mike and Tim for their effort and dedication,” Trestman said. “They are men of high character and integrity. These are not easy decisions and we do not attribute our lack of success on defense to two individuals. We need to improve in all areas defensively and that will be a focal-point for us this offseason.”
The defensive unit saw injuries to Henry Melton, Nate Collins, Stephen Paea, Lance Briggs, and Charles Tillman, which did not help matters either, but Tucker is not to blame for those, though, nor is he especially to blame for missing tackles, failing to execute blocks or being physically pushed around so easily.
The Bears hired Tucker on January 18th of last year, and this is his third Defensive Coordinator job after stints with the Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has also been a Defensive Backs Coach with the Browns, and a few colleges.
Tucker’s defensive unit has to come through in 2014, no matter what he and the team are faced with, or he might very well be looking for a new job this time next year.