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Bears Fire LB Coach Tim Tibesar And DL Coach Mike Phair


Changes are coming to the coaching staff for the Bears, as the team announced Sunday that linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and defensive line coach Mike Phair will not return in 2014.

The rest of the staff is expected to remain in place.

“We thank Mike and Tim for their effort and dedication,” Trestman said in a statement. “They are men of high character and integrity. These are not easy decisions and we do not attribute our lack of success on defense to two individuals. We need to improve in all areas defensively and that will be a focal point for us this offseason. The process starts with me as the head coach. Our search for a defensive line and linebackers coach has begun and we will be looking for the best candidates whose experience can bring the most out of our veteran and young players in both areas.

“Our team evaluation remains ongoing. We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit. He fully understands where we need to improve, has the skill set and leadership to oversee the changes that need to be made and to execute our plan to get the results we know are necessary.”

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3 Responses to “Bears Fire LB Coach Tim Tibesar And DL Coach Mike Phair”

  1. Dan Hanrahan says:

    what a joke! Mel Tucker is not qualified to coach Peewee fotball.

  2. Fred Roberts says:

    When you fire the two coaches picked by Tucker, it means that his judgment sucked and he should have gone also. This is just a case of not wanting to embarrass Trestman, since he picked Tucker. All the wrong answers!!! The D looked confused, out of place, over ran the plays, and didn’t cover the receivers and most of all couldn’t stop the run. The D organization reflected a terrible management job. Tucker should have been fired!!!!! The players didn’t play for this guy, and emotionally they have to believe in their DC, only a few respected Tucker and that will never get the job done.

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