In this edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at an impending Chicago Bears free agent that underwent surgery last week, thoughts from around the web on the team’s decision to retain Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator, and how one team has thrown a wrench into the Detroit Lions’ coaching search.
- We start off with news that came out Monday surrounding defensive end Corey Wootton. Apparently he had arthroscopic hip surgery last week to correct an issue that he has been suffering with for the past few year. Dr. Benjamin Domb’s description of the ailment sounds incredibly painful, so we’re sure Wootton is going to feel a lot better going into next season. [ESPN Chicago]
- Adam Hoge has the latest edition of his Offseason Notebook, and his main focus is a simple one: Why didn’t the Bears fire Mel Tucker on Sunday? [CBS Chicago]
- Rick Telander goes a step further in his column on the subject, saying that Marc Trestman and Phil Emery are putting their reputations on the line by keeping Tucker in the fold for another season. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Grifffin III posted a lengthy comment on his Facebook wall about fame and being an NFL quarterback, and Bears tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t have much sympathy for the former #2 overall pick. [CSN Chicago]
- Do the Bears need to go back to being a defensive-minded team? [Daily Herald]
- Finally, the Detroit Lions were reportedly one of the front runners to land the services of San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their head coach. Unfortunately for them, the Tennessee Titans beat them to the punch and named the former Arizona Cardinals head coach to the same position, leaving the Lions likely looking at hiring a guy like Jim Caldwell instead. Bummer. [Chicago Tribune]