LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have fired two defensive coaches and decided to bring back defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for next season.
Defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar have been dismissed after the Bears allowed 29.9 points and 394.6 yards per game during their 8-8 season. Phair had been with the team since 2011 while Tibesar was hired a year ago.
The Bears say the rest of the coaching staff will return next season.
Coach Marc Trestman says Sunday in a statement that the team believes Tucker is the right person to lead the defense.