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

M*******er! Chicago Bears Making a Big Mistake Keeping Mel Tucker


Mother Tucker!  The Bears have decided to retain defensive coordinator Mel Tucker while firing defensive assistants D-line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar.  At the end of such a catastrophic season, heads had to roll.  Someone needed to held accountable for the rumor that was the Bears defense.  At the end of the season press conference, Marc Trestman left Tucker swinging in the wind as “evaluations were ongoing.”  Those evaluations have been completed and Trestman believes that Tucker is the right man for the job of rebuilding the 30th ranked defense:

 “Our team evaluation remains ongoing.  We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit.  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.”

Trestman has made a lot of off the wall and questionable calls in his first year as head coach, but this move is right up there with kicking a field goal on second down.  They’re offering Phair and Tibesar as sacrificial lambs to the defensive gods, but a reclamation project this big requires a bigger sacrifice; it requires Tucker.

What really bothers me about this move is that the Bears defense doesn’t just need a nudge, it needs a shove.  They don’t need incremental improvement that a couple of new assistants and a few new players could offer, they need to take a major leap forward to get out of the bottom of the league defensively.  They need the kind of change that a new coach and a new scheme can provide.

The thing about Tucker is that he hasn’t done anything in his career to distinguish himself.  His defenses have been inconsistent at best.  They’ve struggled getting pressure on the quarterback and rarely finished in the top half of the league.

The jury is still out on whether GM Phil Emery can draft defensive players.  The Bears will make wholesale changes on their defensive roster this offseason, but that doesn’t come with any guarantees.  I’d feel a lot more comfortable with a defensive coordinator who could out-scheme their opponents because they don’t necessarily have the talent to outplay opponents.  The Bears missed a major opportunity by retaining Tucker.  I hope it’s not one that catches up with them in 2014.

What do YOU think?  Did the Bears make a big mistake keeping Tucker?  Can they fix the defense while he’s still running the show?

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  • BearsFan_39

    Let Mel do his thing, he has built respectable defenses in Cleveland and Jacksonville, we’ll be fine. In emery we trust

  • Levi Thompson

    We had a top ten defense for the first three games this year when we had no injuries, so I’ll be optimistic, but certainly not confident.

  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    I just hope we get A NEW SCHEME. I’ve seen all I can see of Cover 2. A new scheme with a few new players will passify me just fine. I’ve seen Tucker field a few very respectful defenses in Jacksonville so I want to see what he can do with his own system. Don’t forget he pretty much took over another man’s scheme & over age players

  • Curtis P. Enis

    Missed a chance to upgrade to a proven defensive mind in Wade Phillips. Hope Emery doesn’t do the same with the safety position.

  • Big Swede

    JUST AN OBSERVATION: …With the exception of ONE Black position coach (Skip Peete, running backs), and a couple of assistant coaches and quality control assistants (4 total), the ENTIRE Chicago Bears coaching staff (14 others), is made up of white coaches. I’m betting heavily that this had a lot to do with Mel Tucker, the ONLY Black co-ordinator, being retained. Besides, maybe the two fired position coaches DID need to be replaced.

    Hey, Tucker has to have SOMETHING going for him to keep getting hired as a DC. Let’s see what he can do with a couple of new position coaches and an influx of fresh defensive players that Emery has surely begun scouting. We all may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Quinn

    Well the only good news is that when you look at the defensive side of the ball, 2014 can not be worse than 2013 – I hope!

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    Could the defense get any worse in 2014? Mel wasn’t really able to run the ship his way last year so it’s kinda hard to judge the guy to harshly….couple that w/ all the injuries plus the fact his starting safety’s were Conte and Wright. He’ll completely overhaul the entire system, calling and verbage to his style. As long as the Cover 2 is gone then that’s a step in the right direction.