The Chicago Bears Must Fire Mel Tucker

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May 14, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Tucker has to go.  There’s no way to sugar coat it.  The Chicago Bears need to fire Mel Tucker and find a new defensive coordinator.  When Lovie Smith came to the Chicago Bears, he had Terry Shea on board as his first offesnive coordinator and it was a disaster.  He got a Mulligan and was able to bring in Ron Turner who was able to produce a Super Bowl offense.  Things didn’t work out and the rest as they say, is history.

Now, Marc Trestman was brought in as head coach but was asked to keep Lovie Smith’s Cover-2 defense in place.  The original plan was to keep Rod Marinelli to maintain continuity, but he eschewed the Bears and headed to work with his pal Monte Kiffin in Dallas.  PS – that was a train wreck too.  Some thought Marinelli refused to stay out of loyalty to Lovie.  Maybe he saw the writing on the wall.

Tucker was brought in as a fallback, having experience running both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses in Cleveland and Jacksonville.  Give him credit, rather than forcing all of his players to learn his terminology, Tucker learned the Lovie Smith lingo so the core players didn’t have to relearn a whole new language.

Tucker isn’t exactly a highly decorated defensive coordinator.  He was the D coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2008, where the Browns ranked 26th in yardage and 16th in scoring.  During his time in Jacksonville from 2009 – 2012, he presided over a defense that had two top-10 seasons defensively, but was typically middle of the pack.  Middle of the pack would have been welcomed here in 2013.

Things started off decently enough for the Bears defense.  They followed the old Lovie Smith format, getting turnovers and scoring, but injuries to key players caught up with the unit.  Losing two 3-technique defensive tackles crushed the interior of the defensive line.  Then losing Lance Briggs and Peanut Tillman really turned a bad situation worse.  

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  • Quinn

    Yes, Tucker needs to go! This horrendous defense has tarnished this franchise and essentially rendered all the great things the offense did this season moot! I can only imagine how much more efficient the offense could be if they were not forced into a shootout every game! And yes, just for good measure do take Conte with you… and Peppers too – we need the cap space!

  • Mike Foote

    Couldn’t agree more (and PLEASE get rid of Conte too) with this. When you head up the worst D in 50 years, at a franchise whose DNA is defense, you should be gone. I hope for an announcement today.

  • Come on already’!

    —–The Curse of Urlacher—–

    That’s what happens when you treat a 13 year veteran in Urlacher like shit, and fire a coach that when 10 and 6 last year and didn’t deserve it… Urlacher’s “replacement” walked right by the fumbled football laying on the ground & coulda’ walked it in for a touchdown and that would be your game… It would not have even been close after that, but that is why Mel Tucker is a bum, and our defense sucks, and we’re not in the playoffs… Phil Emory’s arrogance in blowing off a beloved 1st ballot Hall of Fame loyal veteran player in Urlacher & terminating a successful defensive minded coach in Lovie, Cost us the season… Should have hired Trestman as the O-Coordinator – That’s it…

    • BearGogglesOn

      You must also believe the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years because they didn’t allow a goat into the stadium. Come on!

      If Urlacher had anything left in the tank, wouldn’t another team have offered him a contract? The Bears offered him $2 million-ish more than anyone else did, but he was insulted by that. I’d like an insult like that.

      As for Lovie, he had run his course with this team. The team was doing OK, but they weren’t getting to the Super Bowl with Lovie’s philosophy. The Bears needed to enter the modern era and get an offensive mind to run the show. The Bears took a step back this season, but I expect they’ll take 2 steps forward next season.

      • Come on already’!

        WE should have signed Lach’, & we DID go to the Bowl with Lovie – 2006

        • BearGogglesOn

          2006 was SEVEN YEARS AGO!!!! We LOST and never went back since and only made the playoffs once in that span. The NFL is very different now than it was even 5 years ago. Emery couldn’t let Lovie chose another offensive coordinator. Smith had hired four OC’s during his tenure and couldn’t get it right. And yes, Tucker is a HUGE BUM. At least we agree on that.

      • Come on already’!

        p.s. Tucker is a huge BUM

    • Kelley Brewer

      Great Post Finally someone with some sense, TY!

  • Troy Adams

    YES YES YES !!! AGREE 101 percent.. And take that 5-6 Starter with him..

  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    This team would’ve done no better with Lovie. Maybe the defense but you wouldn’t have seen McCown do anywhere near what he did or any if the offense for that matter. My head is still spinning from how well our offense did this year. I never even imagined a Bears offense could be as good as it was in Trestman’s 1st year & half of it was with the backup QB!! So yea fire Tucker & let’s fix the defense & enjoy the show of our high powered offense in year 2, I think it’s just gonna get better , Bear Down

    • BearGogglesOn

      I’m glad you’re seeing what I’m seeing.

  • Chi Red

    I think the bears need to beg Lovie Smith to come back and coach the defense. Period

    • BearGogglesOn

      Never going to happen from either side.

  • Haroun Savage

    We should fire Mel Tucker and hire Leslie Frazier.Think about Frazier coached under Tony Dingy in Tampa Bay and knows how to run the Tampa 2

    • BearGogglesOn

      I think it’s time to move away from the Tampa 2. There are fewer teams running it because the gig is up on how to beat it. Aaron Rodgers has made a career out of beating it. I’m not saying we have to go to a 3-4, though I’m not opposed to that either, but we will be in a position to change schemes because of the number of free agents. The Bears don’t have to be beholden to Lovie’s defense anymore because a lot of the vets who ran it likely will be moving on.

      Think about when Urlacher was in his second season and the Bears “dropped 700 lbs of ass” into the middle of the line with Ted Washington and Keith Traylor to keep opposing blockers off him. It allowed him to flow freely to the ball and not have to take on as many blocks. I think that would help young defenders like Bostic, Greene and possibly even McClellin to flourish.

    • Come on already’!


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  • Quinn

    Looks like Wade Philips is available now!

  • old school

    one good thing conte did was get steve bartman off the hook!