New Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker had his first press conference as a Chicago Bear and the future looks very promising (at least it does to me). Today, we will look at a few Mel Tucker quotes and see if we can read between the propaganda lines.
“We are going to run a 4-3. The plan is to keep the terminology the same…”
“Input from the players is huge… You want to encourage players to give you feedback.”
Even though Tucker later tells the media that the Bears are still in the “evaluation process” on deciding the future of Brian Urlacher – don’t be fooled! If the above quote is true, then Bears fans can sleep easier tonight knowing that Brian Urlacher will retire a Bear. If Mel Tucker really wants input and feedback from players – shouldn’t he want the best player/signal caller ever for a 4-3 defense giving him feedback? Mel Tucker also wants to keep the terminology the same – thus giving new Bears management another reason to retain Urlacher.
Even though the Bears retained coaches Hoke and Phair from last years defense and adding Chicago veteran Chris Harris as a defensive gruntworker - Can you think of anyone, outside of Lovie Smith, who can rally the current defensive roster better than Urlacher? I doubt it. And I have a feeling Marc Trestman and Mel Tucker doubt it too.
It all depends on Urlacher now. Does he really want to retire a Bear? Is he really willing to give the Bears a home-town discount? If the answer to both of those questions is “yes”, then I see no reason Urlacher can’t be standing next to Jay Cutler a year from now hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day Bears Fans!