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Bears Bites: Mel Tucker Finds New Job in College Ranks

Also, will the Bears find a replacement for Cutler in the NFL Draft?



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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11: Head coach Mel Tucker of the Jacksonville Jaguars watches the action during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at EverBank Field on December 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    In this edition of Bears Bites, we play catch-up on several days’ worth of headlines involving the Chicago Bears, and we also take a look at some of the biggest storylines surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

    -We start out with the whereabouts of a former Bears coach, as ex-defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has been hired as secondary coach at the University of Alabama. [CBS Chicago]

    -Think that the Bears are going to find a replacement for Jay Cutler in the upcoming NFL Draft? Don’t put all your eggs in that basket. [Chicago Tribune]

    -Ernie Accorsi, the consultant that helped Ted Phillips and George McCaskey through the process of hiring Ryan Pace and John Fox, spoke on a Chicago radio show about how Fox’s failures in the Super Bowl could actually end up being a positive thing. [ESPN Chicago]

    -Unlike Marc Trestman and Lovie Smith, whose first batch of assistant coaches were mainly newbies who had never held such high-profile jobs, Fox is hiring a staff full of experienced and well-respected coaches in Chicago. [CSN Chicago]

    -As Vic Fangio tries to transform the Bears’ defense from a 4-3 system to a 3-4, he is going to run into some pretty tough challenges. [Daily Herald]

    -If the NFL finds the New England Patriots innoncent of wrong-doing in “Deflate-gate,” Patriots owner Bob Kraft is demanding an apology from the league. [Shutdown Corner]

    -Kent Sterling wrote an interesting rebuttal to Kraft’s statement, calling it a “self-righteous hissy-fit” and saying that it was an example of an NFL owner playing hardball with Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was weakened by the Ray Rice scandal. []

    -The Seattle Seahawks may have the 27th-ranked passing offense in the NFL, but there’s more than just numbers in play when Russell Wilson is on the field. [Chicago Tribune]

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