Bears Announce That DC Mel Tucker Will Return Next Season

The Chicago Bears announced on Sunday that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will return for the 2014 season.

“We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit.” Trestman said in a statement released.

Chicago did, however, part ways with defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar.

Tucker’s defense allowed a franchise record 478 points to opposing offenses last season to go along with a record yardage total of 6,313, which led many assumed that changes could be coming with Tucker being the most likely guy on the outs. Clearly, the Bears have determined that their struggles weren’t just related to Tucker’s defensive scheme, as they suffered a number of injuries throughout the year.

Chicago has obvious holes all over their defense, so the pressure will be on GM Phil Emery to upgrade the talent level of this unit during free agency and the draft.


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