When news broke that Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would not be returning to the team, news of replacement candidates soon followed. Head coach Marc Trestman was quick to acknowledge a decision would be made over the next few days during his inaugural press conference, but heres a look at some of the names which surfaced as Marinellis replacement:
1. Mel Tucker, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator
Tuckers defense finished 30th overall in 2012, giving up 27.8 points per game. The Jaguars defense logged plenty of snaps due to an ineffective offense without running back Maurice Jones-Drew and lingering quarterback issues. Tucker has experience in 4-3 and also 3-4 principles.
2. Jon Hoke, Bears defensive backs coach
Hoke who was thought to have the inside track on the job because of his knowledge of the Bears defensive roster, Tampa 2 philosophy and players love him, especially Lance Briggs.
3. Greg Mattison, Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator
Mattison was the former defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Michigans defense has seen steady improvement under Mattison. He has experience in 3-4 and 4-3 principles.
4. Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator
Has had one of the top defensive units in college the past few seasons. Narduzzi can run it all. 4-3, 3-3 nickel with heavy emphasis on blitz and blitz zone principles. If you want to know how to stop spread option attacks, this is your man. With the proliferation of spread option principles from college to pro, Narduzzi is a name that will surface around the NFL again. I am accused of being a homer for Michigan State, but just remember Mel Tucker got his start as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at MSU also. So either way, I win.
5. Raheem Morris, Washington Redskins defensive back coach
Morris was the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and defensive coordinator. Prior to head coaching promotion Morris served as defensive backs coach. Morris is high energy and obviously well versed in Tampa 2 principles the Bears have executed under Marinelli.
All quality candidates who provide a good fit for the Chicago Bears and their personnel.