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Bears Keep Mel Tucker, Fire DL Coach Mike Phair and LB Coach Tim Tibesar

Mel Tucker will be returning in 2014, but the Bears have relieved two defensive assistants of their duties.


The Bears announced a few coaching decisions today, but not one that a lot of fans wanted to hear.

They announced Mel Tucker will be returning as defensive coordinator in 2014, but released defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar.

Phair was a defensive line assistant under the Lovie Smith regime, and promoted to defensive line coach when Rod Marinelli was hired by the Dallas Cowboys. Tibesar was hired as linebackers coach from the Montreal Alouettes, where he worked under Marc Trestman before Trestman came to Chicago.

The Bears finished in the bottom of the league defensively, particularly in points allowed, yardage allowed, rush yardage allowed, and sacks. Injuries to Lance Briggs, Henry Melton, Nate Collins, and D.J. Williams decimated the defensive front seven and forced the team's hand into playing Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene before they were ready as well as playing Landon Cohen and signing Jeremiah Ratliff, and forcing Corey Wootton into the interior and playing Shea McClellin more.