The Chicago Bears have announced the hiring of Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator.
Jason La Canfora reports that the Bears are finalizing an agreement with Mel Tucker to become their next defensive coordinator.
Bears are hiring Mel Tucker to be their new defensive coordinator. Being finalized
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 18, 2013
La Canfora adds that the deal is being finalized right now. We’ll have more as the news becomes available.
Dan Pompei reports that league sources have informed him that the Chicago Bears are “very interested” Mel Tucker for the defensive coordinator vacancy.
Rod Marinelli decided to move on and seek new opportunities elsewhere instead of remaining on Marc Trestman’s staff.
Tucker has been with the Jaguars since 2009 as their defensive coordinator and was promoted to assistant head coach this season. He drew interest from the Wisconsin Badgers regarding their head coaching vacancy, but didn’t get the job.
He employs a similar scheme to what the Bears have been running in recent years, so there wouldn’t be a difficult transition for Chicago to make with this hire.