Bears Bites: Mel Tucker Finds New Job in College Ranks

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

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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