Chicago Bears Announce DC Mel Tucker is Safe; Two Assistants Fired

The Chicago Bears announced that the are officially retaining defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Tucker came under fire for the historically bad season by the Bears’ defense, and many fans were calling for his firing. At the team’s offseason press conference, they announced that they would evaluate their staff and make decisions from there. Also in the announcement came the releasing of  linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and defensive line coach Mike Phair.

In the press release, Marc Trestman released the following statement:

“We thank Mike and Tim for their effort and dedication. They are men of high character and integrity. These are not easy decisions and we do not attribute our lack of success on defense to two individuals. We need to improve in all areas defensively and that will be a focal point for us this offseason. The process starts with me as the head coach. Our search for a defensive line and linebackers coach has begun and we will be looking for the best candidates whose experience can bring the most out of our veteran and young players in both areas. Our team evaluation remains ongoing. We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit. He fully understands where we need to improve, has the skill set and leadership to oversee the changes that need to be made and to execute our plan to get the results we know are necessary.”