Sunday was a day many Chicago Bears fan thought be coming much earlier: changes to the defensive staff. The first to be let go? Defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar.
“We thank Mike and Tim for their effort and dedication,” Head Coach Marc Trestman said through a team press release. “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 changes were not expected to stop there as many fans clamored for the removal of defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. However, that did not happen.
“Our team evaluation remains ongoing. We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit,” Trestman continued. “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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