If the Bears want to turn around their defense in 2014, the first move they need to make is to fire defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and replace him with Bears great Mike Singletary. While, Tucker has only been with the Bears for one season, the one thing which stands out is how his defense hasn't show any signs of improvement and seemed to be taking steps backwards in their progress. And, two prime examples of Tucker's failure are rookie linebackers Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene. Both of them were thrusted into the lineup because of injuries and they continued to be out of position, showed poor fundamentals, and low football IQs when in the game.
Singletary would be ideal as Tucker's replacement as he was a coach and teacher on the field as a player, played with intensity and smarts, has the 'Monsters of the Midway' swagger, and has been very successful as a inside linebackers coach in the NFL, something both Bostic and Greene sorely need in their development. In fact, as an inside linebackers coach, Singletary helped Baltimore's Ray Lewis become NFL Defensive Player of the year in 2003, San Francisco's Patrick Willis win AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007, and Minnesota's Chad Greenway earn his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2011.
While, Singletary wasn't very successful as head coach in the NFL, he clearly is a person who was made to be a assistant coach who would be an asset as a defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, especially coming home to call the defense again for the Bears. And, I highly doubt Singletary would stand idly by and watch as an opponent picks up a ball off the ground and prances into the end zone, allow his 'seven man' pass run to be blocked by six offensive players on 4th and 8 yards to go, and allow a Green Bay Packers team to gain close to 500 yards against his defense.
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