Defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Mike Phair, the only two coaches retained…
Tucker to tweak Bears' 4-3 defense
New Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker – who guided the NFL's 30th-ranked defense in Jacksonville last season – doesn't want to talk about the past. "I'm really trying to move past that," Tucker said at the recent meet and greet with Chicago media. "Really, now, it's a different team – different coaching staff, an entirely different set of circumstances. So I just think it's important to move forward." Tucker – who spent four years as defensive coordinator for the Jaguars, following one season as DC in Cleveland – inherits a Bears defense that sent four players to the Pro Bowl last season, as well as a pair of linebackers, Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher, with 15 Pro Bowl appearances between them. In his five seasons as an NFL coordinator, Tucker has not coached a single Pro Bowl player. The upgrade in talent alone should give him a better chance to succeed in Chicago. In an effort to keep continuity, Tucker won't be changing much about Chicago's defense, which was...
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