On the same day that former Chicago Bears‘ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli accepted a position with the Dallas Cowboys to be their defensive line coach, the Bears announced their new defensive coordinator. Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will serve as the replacement to Marinelli.
The first question that is on the mind of many Bears’ fans is will Tucker run a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 defense. There is no question that the way the Bears’ roster is constructed, it best suits a 4-3 defense. After all, under Marinelli and Lovie Smith, the Bears defense was consistently one of the top units in the league. However, if a team were to change from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense, the 2013 off-season would figure to be an ideal off-season to do considering the player personnel that could be available to teams. Tucker, over the course of his coaching career, has proven to be flexible. With the Jaguars, Tucker constructed both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses before he eventually settled on a 4-3 defense.
Tucker is a significant hire for the Bears. Reason being that Tucker will have full control over the team’s defense. Tucker to Trestman is essentially what Ron Turner, Mike Martz, and Mike Tice were to former head coach Lovie Smith. By all accounts, the hiring of Tucker should go over well in the Bears’ locker room.