Bears will retain coordinator Mel Tucker

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has chosen to retain Mel Tucker as the team's defensive coordinator. Defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers Tim Tibesar have been fired.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears informed defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar that they would not be returning for the 2014 season. Phair originally joined the team in 2011 as an assistant defensive line coach and Tibesar began in January of 2013.

The remainder of the coaching staff will remain in place for 2014.

"We thank Mike and Tim for their effort and dedication," Head Coach Marc Trestman said. "They are men of high character and integrity. These are not easy decisions and we do not attribute our lack of success on defense to two individuals. We need to improve in all areas defensively and that will be a focal point for us this offseason. The process starts with me as the head coach. Our search for a defensive line and linebackers coach has begun and we will be looking for the best candidates whose experience can bring the most out of our veteran and young players in both areas.

"Our team evaluation remains ongoing. We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit. 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."

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