Two weeks after Mel Tucker’s defense couldn’t communicate or play till the whistle, Tucker learned he was going to keep his job.
Marc Trestman decided Tucker’s joke of a defense was Tucker’s fault. But the Bears still needed a scapegoat to pay for the historically bad defense. They found two.
I don’t know Mike Phair or Tim Tibesar, but really, the Bears couldn’t go wrong firing anybody coaching that side of the ball.
It looks like they started up front and quickly moved to the next level, just like your garden-variety running back, and then stopped firing people because they didn’t want to pay more coaches while hiring others to replace them.
You can’t argue with firing the defensive line coach. It all started up front, and Phair’s group never got started. The defensive line made one play all season – Shea McClellin injured Aaron Rodgers – but even that wasn’t enough to get the Bears into the playoffs.
You can’t argue with firing the linebackers coach, either. It would be hard to argue that Tibesar’s bunch had any linebackers who were coached, period.
That’s what it comes down to. Who was coached? Asked another way: Who got better?
Anywhere. Everywhere. Somewhere on that defense.
Ask that of Tucker as well as the fired coaches, and the answer remains almost no player got better.
Almost no one on the defensive line improved, and you couldn’t find a linebacker in the film to even judge.
If there was an All-Pro team for crashing down immediately to lose outside contain, then Phair’s group would’ve swept the defensive end positions. Congratulations, Julius.
If there was a Pro Bowl for overrunning plays, Bears linebackers would’ve needed a group rate for Hawaii.
And so, the Bears could start free agency without a starting defensive line or a set of linebackers, which is perfect for a team without anyone to coach them.
Trestman still looks a little goofy here. He waited two full weeks to determine that Tucker wasn’t the problem, but I guess two weeks actually looks like a quick adjustment for that defenwsive staff.
Trestman's decision comes after Tucker’s defense closed the season with two of the most embarrassing and pathetic performances by a team that needed only mediocre defense to make the playoffs. Thanks for playing our game.
“We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit,’’ Trestman said in a statement. “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.’’
Wait, you mean Tucker didn’t understand where the Bears needed to improve as running back after running back rushed for more than 100 yards a game?
Where exactly was that skill set to stop opponent after opponent from averaging almost 200 rushing yards a game during the last 10 weeks of the season?
I’ll hang up and listen for yet another offensive line to own Tucker’s defense.