Report: Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker likely out after season

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Bears DC Mel Tucker likely out after season
Sunday December 7th, 2014

Barring significant improvement, the Chicago Bears will likely terminate the contract of defensive coordinator Mel Tucker at the end of the season, reports Ian Rapoport of

Tucker took over as the Bears DC in 2013 and has also held the position with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars

Opponents have gained an NFL-leading 4,911 yards against Chicago this season and the Bears defense is also last in the league in points per game. In Tucker's first season as DC, the Bears finished 30th both in yards allowed and points per game. 

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Rapoport also reports the 5-8 Bears are having "serious buyer's remorse" regarding quarterback Jay Cutler, and that there's doubt Cutler can lead the team to where it wants to go. 

Cutler, 31, has thrown for 3,446 yards, 26 touchdowns and a league-high 15 interceptions this season. 

The Bears lost 41-28 to the Cowboys on Thursday night and have three games remaining. They next host the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 15. 

- Molly Geary

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