The Chicago Bears had one of the worst showings of their notoriously strong defenses in 2013, but don’t look for defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to be hitting the unemployment line anytime soon, according to John Mullin.
“All indications on Thursday were that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will remain in place for the 2014 season. … The general direction of thought on Tucker’s job with an injury-riddled unit, however, was positive.”
Thursday’s press conference to announce the signings of quarterback Jay Cutler to his new deal also doubled as an end of the year state of the franchise as Bears general manager Phil Emery and head coach Mark Trestman spoke to the media and Trestman was very complimentary of his defensive coordinator.
“The defensive team that started the season was a Mel Tucker-coached defense,” said Trestman, “a Mel Tucker-coached defense that created havoc on the offenses that we played in the first three games. He really took a backseat to the structure and the defense that was in the year before. … The transition to the schematics was outstanding and the teaching was very clear, our gap controls, our fits, our ability to disrupt, all those things came into play.”
The Bears struggled sacking the wuarterback and stopping the run and the secondary was a sore spot all season long and was highlighted in the final minute against the Green Bay Packers when Aaron Rodgers took advantage of a “miscommunication” in the Bears secondary to find a wide open Randall Cobb for the division-clinching touchdown.
But it looks like Tucker will get another year with the Bears who were also ravaged by injuries this season.