Mel Tucker Hired As Bears' Defensive Coordinator

Mike Ehrmann

The Bears have hired former Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to man their defense.

Per numerous sources, the Bears have signed Mel Tucker to be their defensive coordinator.

This might come as a little bit of a stunner, since Jon Hoke as defensive coordinator would have carried with it the likelihood of continuing the Lovie Smith Tampa 2 defense that was so effective for the Bears, and especially since last year's Jacksonville Jaguars, for whom Tucker acted as the DC, were 30th in defense.

Tucker was a former head coaching candidate for the Jaguars for the last two years, prior to the Jaguars signing Mike Mularkey for the 2012 season and this off season for Gus Bradley. He was in his fourth season as defensive coordinator, and was also pursued by the Wisconsin Badgers in December for their head coaching job. Before all that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and defensive backs coach from 2005-2007 before taking over the coordinator position in 2008. He was replaced by Rob Ryan after Romeo Crennel was fired.

And in 2011, Jack Del Rio put Tucker in charge of playcalling and the defense became ranked fourth in the NFL. This year, part of that 30th ranking could largely be due to having to be on the field for 40 minutes a game - maybe with a more consistent offense under Trestman, the Tucker defense can be fully unleashed.

Tucker has experience running both a 3-4 and 4-3 setup, so he's another guy that could have the ability to adapt to his personnel. He also has head coaching experience, taking over as interim head coach for five games during the 2011 season.

What do you guys think of Mel Tucker's hiring?

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