Mel Tucker is back.
I think it is the right move, for now.
Yes, Tucker oversaw a historically bad Bears defense. Yet,Tucker in my opinion, (along those I checked in with) deserved a shot at running his defense with the Bears. Most importantly, Marc Trestman felt this way.
"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."
Tucker apparently was also able to win over key Lovie Smith holdovers like Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, no small feat mind you.
The defensive chief was handed a unique situation of having to essentially run someone else’s scheme. Add to that an aging, injury plagued squad and things fell apart quickly for the embattled coordinator.
Tucker wasn’t exactly set up to succeed. Albeit, he did enjoy some success up until week 4.
Now Tucker gets to run a defense he would plan to employ. From what I hear and gather it will be a more aggressive scheme in nature, featuring more pressure, blitzes.
Even with Phil Emery and Trestman saying everything was on the table, a switch to a 3-4 is not likely. You could see some form of a hybrid scheme to allow Shea McClellin to be used differently. However, I wouldn’t expect anything other than an attacking 4-3 for the base.
I've read we could expect more press coverage. If that is the case, I believe there could be some emphasis placed on corners that can play man more. You could also see a size increase at the tackle position. That strategy would help benefit the run defense and the linebacker group, freeing them up to make more plays.
“We want a physical, fast, playmaking defense, a defense that causes disruption,” Emery said.
Kevin Fishbain points to the Pittsburgh game as a potential blueprint of the Bears’ 2014 defensive style. Bears brass has pointed to this game directly when talking about the defense in a positive light.
According to Pro Football Focus, Ben Roethlisberger was under pressure on 20 plays, six more than any other Bears opposing quarterback. They blitzed Big Ben 19 times, tied for the most all season. After halftime, Roethlisberger started finding success under pressure, but the aggressive defense was too much. The Bears forced five turnovers in that 40-23 win.
Turnovers, disruption…here is your shot to do you Mel.
Don't blow it.
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