The defensive coordinator search many Chicago Bears fans expect (pray for) during the next off-season in 2015 just got really interesting. Yes, it’s true Mel Tucker has rallied his unit to give up just 26 points over the past two games while also collecting six turnovers and seven sacks. However, it’s important to note those performances came against the Vikings and Buccaneers who have the 30th and 26th ranked offenses in the NFL respectively.
The two times his unit has faced a top 10 offense? It’s surrendered 106 points.
So it’s safe to say not many people are fooled by this sudden resurgence of the defense, which is why the search for a possible replacement for Tucker is ongoing. The good news is the 2015 pool of options continues to get stronger and may get the biggest infusion yet.
Rex Ryan had hoped to use this season as a way for him to secure a long-term contract and get the New York Jets back to the playoffs. Instead his team has stumbled to a 2-9 record and word leaked recently that the embattled head coach actually found out from numerous sources around the league that GM John Idzik had always planned to replace him with a coach of his own choosing.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 26, 2014
Needless to say Ryan wasn’t happy when he found out and it may have served for reason why the Jets crashed and burned so badly. Who needs that kind of distraction?
Not that the Chicago Bears will complain. Ryan remains one of the premier defensive specialists in the NFL. In 10 years as a coordinator and head coach, his units have never finished worse than 11th in yards allowed and have reached the top 10 five times in fewest points allowed.
He is experienced, proven and a noted motivator. That is everything the Bears could want to get their defense back to its customary levels.