Mel Tucker Background

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  1. riczaj01

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    BiH, everything I heard was how good of a communicator he was. It's why I have faith that he should do okay, don't know it and we'll see this year. But I also liked the blitzes he ran when mostly healthy, and how he was using Peppers instead of just rushing all the time, he wanted Pepp and Shea to rush inside and try and create havoc like w/the DJ/Anderson blitz. And Pepp was good at it, but apparently didn't like others getting the highlights.
     
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    There is no way Tucker CAN'T improve with the influx of FA, starters returning from injury, and draft picks this season. What it comes right down to is what standard Emery and Trestman hold Mel to. Is it having a "just good enough" defense or is it getting a once top 5 defense of not long ago back to prominence in a league that just proved once again that defense wins championships? I would tend to think it's the latter.

    The number one thing I'll be looking for this season is how fast Tucker can adapt and make adjustments. He should have the flexibility now to counter what the other team is doing or at least address it. I will also be interested to see if he employs a hybrid defense if at all.
     
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    SFB, I don't think the team could expect him to have a top 5 D when they have so much money invested in the O. But I don't think it's going to be a "just good enough either" .
     
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    Excellent post and my thoughts exactly. I don't see why we can't have a top D regardless of what we have invested in the O. None of our D guys are breaking the bank including Allen. As a matter of fact, we are probably close to our spending from when we had a top 5 D (I think but not sure). People like Urlacher, Melton and Peppers were earning big money and they are not here any more. Not saying we will have a top 5 D, but I don't see any real barriers, especially if we get one or two additional D difference makers in the draft. If we have the cupbords full of talent, I don't think it is unreasonable to ask the coaches to realize that ability.

    Definitely going to be an interesting season!!
     
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    Didn't say he should Ric but getting back to prominence in top 10-12 isn't out of the question nor is striving to have a top rated D imo.
     
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    I don't think it's out of the question, just not this year, I'm guessing 15-20(depending on health) and maybe the year after try and get a top 10-15. Not saying they'll rest on that, but I think they'll be happy.
     
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    Boy, I hope you're wrong. Maybe I'm being unreasonable. I am looking at last year more of an abberation (Tuckeration ? LOL) and thinking it should not have been that bad, so not looking to rebound from the bottom as mush as I am hoping to go from where we should have been (mid pack) to where I hope to be (at least top 10)
     
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    You bring up some good points. I think some folks believe we can win on offense alone. But I figure a team needs to strive for overall excellence in all areas, rather than being one-dimensional. Sure, one component of a team will be better than the others, and that's fine. But "giving up" on one component of the team by thinking you can't be good on offense, defense and special teams is flawed thinking. I agree with you BIH, I don't see any real barriers to having a rock solid defense here in Chicago under Marc Trestman. I like to think he's a good head coach, and not just a one-trick pony like Lovie Smith who only understood one component of the game, (defense). Trestman will get the D up to speed too, to compliment a solid offense. If Mel can do this for Trestman, great. If not, then he will be gone after the season ends. I'm confident of that.
     
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    I'm hoping top 10, but I'm not expecting it, still to much turn over and to much youth/questionmarks. Seriously Shea is likely the starting SAM, that's a huge questions, we have 2 S's that are average to bad, and neither are who we had last year, big question, the DC is still a question, DJ's ability to stay healthy is a question, and who are the lb's backups?
     
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    It's too early in the day to be slurring your words BIH. :-)
     
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