Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that, barring significant improvement, the Chicago Bears are expected to part ways with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker after this season.
The Bears have maintained that they haven’t discussed potential staff changes up to this point, but Rapoport has been told that the current plan is for them to target a new defensive coordinator next year.
As for head coach Marc Trestman’s future in Chicago, Rapoport mentions that he’s not convinced that Trestman is out at this point in time.
Chicago had high hopes for the 2014 season with some analysts suggesting that they could be poised for a playoff run. However, the team has regressed quite a bit this season and appears to be in position to secure a top-10 draft in 2015.
Tucker’s defense has been a major issue since he was hired last year. As of now, the Bears rank 26th in yards allowed per game and dead last in points allowed per game.
One of the major issues for Chicago is that they aren’t doing a good job of developing their young talent into players that can be relayed upon when injuries strike.
Their poor defense play has increased the pressure on the offense to preform and keep them in games, so it would come as no surprise to see the Bears move on from Tucker and try to find someone that’s capable of getting more out of their roster next year.