At last Thursday’s end of the season press conference, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman failed to give a vote of confidence to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
The lack of comment on Tucker’s future last Thursday by Trestman ignited speculation that the Bears will be with a new defensive coordinator for the third season in a row.
There is no question that the Bears defense struggled in its first year under Tucker in 2013. The question becomes were those struggles the result of poor scheming by Tucker or the handful of injuries that the team suffered on the defensive side. Using deductive reasoning, it is rather evident that the Bears front office feel the struggles may be the result of poor scheming.
During the press conference last Thursday, Trestman and general manager Phil Emery seemed to make it a point that injuries are never an excuse in the NFL. With that sentiment, the Bears essentially hung Tucker out to dry.
But it has been a week since that press conference and the fate of Tucker is still undetermined.
While the new league year does not start until mid-March, it would be in the Bears best interest to make a decision on Tucker as soon as possible.
Lets operate under the assumption that the Bears are indeed going to part ways with Tucker. Now–as in this week–would be the time to do so. There are still several head coaching positions open in the NFL. As was the case last season when the Bears hired Trestman, a new coach typically prefers to bring in their own coaching staff. Meaning as soon as the head coaching positions fill up, there will be a run on coordinators–especially defensive coordinators.
Meaning available defensive coordinators such as former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips may soon be off the market. Phillips was let go as the Texans defensive coordinator last week. If the Bears wait to fire Tucker, then it stands to reason that the team will miss out on Phillips.
Regardless of what the Bears decide to do with Tucker, the team needs to make a decision soon as this will go a long way in determining the direction that Emery wants to take when improving the defense this off-season.