The 2013 Bears coaching staff under Marc Trestman is going to look very, very different than the Bears staff we saw in 2012. In fact, it's almost entirely different. I'll have a post coming up on all of the coaching staff moves, but for right now want to focus on a major hiring to the Bears staff: Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora initially reported that a deal between the Bears and Tucker was being finalized, and the Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei then confirmed it's a done deal:




The Bears have since confirmed themselves that Tucker is the new defensive coordinator.

Tucker, who just turned 41 on January 4th, was the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive coordinator over the last four seasons, and also held the title of assistant head coach for them in 2012. He has head coaching experience as well, as he coached the final five Jaguars games in 2011 following the firing of Jack Del Rio. Tucker also interviewed for the Jaguars' head coaching job this offseason (as well as last offseason), but the Jaguars chose to go with Gus Bradley.

Before working for the Jaguars, Tucker was the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator in 2008. He's also had assistant coaching jobs at the college level with Ohio State, LSU, Miami (Ohio), and Michigan State.

Trestman and Bears general manager Phil Emery made it clear on Wednesday that they wanted Rod Marinelli to stay as the Bears' defensive coordinator, but Marinelli chose to leave the team in search of an opportunity with another team. It's unknown if Marinelli didn't want to stay on the staff due to his friendship with Lovie Smith, if he didn't like seeing nearly everybody else on the staff gone, if he just wanted to go work with somebody he was closer with, if he simply wanted a new beginning, etc.

Whatever the case, Marinelli didn't want to comeback, and news just broke that he's going to take the Cowboys' defensive line job, working under his buddy and new Cowboys defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin:


Reports surfaced that the Bears may promote defensive backs coach Jon Hoke to the defensive coordinator role, as it's assumed he would've been able to run a defense similar to the one the Bears have run under Smith and Marinelli. Hoke is very highly regarded, and the defensive back play was sensational in 2012 with an All-Pro in Charles Tillman, a second-team All-Pro in Tim Jennings. On Friday night, Brad Biggs reported that Hoke will remain as the Bears' defensive backs coach. Very good news:



Additionally, it was reported on Friday afternoon that the Bears planned to interview Washington Redskins coach and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris on Saturday, but minutes later, it was announced that Tucker would be hired for the position.

With Trestman being an offensive-minded head coach that will also have the duties of being the offensive play-caller, the defensive coordinator role is crucial on this Bears team, and I think Tucker is a terrific hire. I even tweeted before the news of the hiring that Tucker was my preferred choice for the job.

As Rotworld summarized well: "Tucker runs a 4-3, Cover-2 style defense, easing the transition from Lovie Smith." Given the Bears' personnel (especially considering the talents, sizes, etc. of core players) and the tremendous defensive success in 2012, there's no reason to change much with the defensive philosophy. However, Tucker's also shown the ability to work well with 3-4 defenses in the past and various defensive schemes/concepts. And I think that's a big part of why Tucker was the choice, as if the Bears decide to change up things schematically with their defense in the next few years, they may be able to do so with Tucker instead of bringing in another defensive coordinator.

It's not just Tucker's defensive knowledge and ability to continue the Bears' general defensive philosophy that makes him an attractive candidate, but he's a highly respected coach, known for his passionate, no-nonsense attitude, and being able to relate well with players.

Here's some tweets I gathered from respected NFL writers and football minds in regards to Tucker and the hire (and note that Michael C. Wright worked as a Jaguars beat writer in the past so he's very familiar with Tucker):






Check back for much more on the Bears' new coaching staff in the coming days.

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