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Making a case for Bears' Tucker

Mel Tucker (Kim Klement/USA TODAY)

There has been a loud outcry over Chicago's hiring of defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who led the 30th ranked defense last season, yet much of that criticism might be unwarranted.

Historically, the Chicago Bears have been a defense-first franchise. So when Marc Trestman, an offensive-minded coach, was hired to run the team, it was natural for folks to wonder if the club's offensive improvement would come at the expense of an aging defense. Those fears were exacerbated when Trestman hired Mel Tucker as the club's defensive coordinator (DC). Tucker, who has been DC in...

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