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Mel Tucker | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (43) / 1/4/1972
College: Wisconsin
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Former Bears DC Mel Tucker has accepted a position as the secondary coach at Alabama.
It's quite the step down for Tucker, going from an NFL defensive coordinator to position coach at the college level. In Tuscaloosa, Tucker will work under Nick Saban, who is a maven of defensive backs himself. Jan 26 - 5:48 PM

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The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur reports ex-Bears DC Mel Tucker is on the "radar" for the Raiders' defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Tucker worked under new coach Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville as the defensive coordinator from 2009-2011. He was most recently the Bears' defensive boss the past two seasons, guiding Chicago to back-to-back 30th-place finishes in total defense. Tucker has had previous success in Cleveland and Jacksonville.
Jan 21 - 1:14 PM

Mel Tucker has been released from his Bears contract.

This was a formality after the Bears hired Vic Fangio to coordinate John Fox's defense. Tucker oversaw two of the league's worst units during his time in Chicago, but has had past success coordinating Cleveland and Jacksonville's defenses. He'll search for position-coach work with an eye toward getting another shot at coordinating duties in the future.
Jan 20 - 7:37 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are expected to fire DC Mel Tucker after the season.

This comes as a surprise to no one. You could have made a case for Tucker to be one-and-done in Chicago after last season. The Bears gave him another shot, and his defense has somehow gotten worse. Tucker's unit is 26th in total defense, 28th against the pass, and 17th against the run. The Bears have 30 sacks. GM Phil Emery didn't do enough on the back end or defensive line for Tucker, whose defense relies heavily on zone coverage and pass rush. Willie Young was a nice find, but Lamarr Houston was a flop before he blew out his ACL celebrating a sack with the Bears getting crushed by the Patriots a few weeks back. Tucker was previously a fine coach in Jacksonville.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 09:58:00 AM

The Bears confirmed they'll continue to run a 4-3 base defense in 2014 "but will be versatile enough to take advantage of what players do best."

"We want to be very stout and physical in the run game and then in the passing game be able to pressure with four guys," DC Mel Tucker said. GM Phil Emery said the team's priority is to add playmakers on defense. Having a coaching staff with backgrounds both in the 3-4 and 4-3 will allow the Bears the opportunity to put their players in the best position to succeed.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Bears announced they will retain defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

It's not a surprising move because Tucker is a good coach, but GM Phil Emery understandably delayed on his decision after Chicago finished 2013 ranked No. 30 in total defense and 31st in points allowed. Per beat writer Brad Biggs' count, MLB D.J. Williams missed ten games and WLB Lance Briggs missed six, while DLs Henry Melton (13 missed games), Nate Collins (11), and Stephen Paea (3) were also injury casualties. Rather than axing Tucker, the Bears are using DL coach Mike Phair and LB coach Tim Tibesar as scapegoats. Put simply, Chicago needs better luck and for Emery to add more talent to field a competitive defense.
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 05:05:00 PM

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