Mel Tucker is entering his first season as Bears defensive coordinator. But regardless of how long he remains in that role, he’ll never stop trying to get players to buy into his system.
“You’re selling yourself every day,” Tucker said. “I learned that a long time ago. Every day you’re selling the program, you’re selling yourself, you’re selling the scheme, you’re selling the technique and fundamentals. Each and every day you’re selling, and that’s never going to stop as a coach.”
Tucker joins the Bears after spending the last five seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Browns (2008) and Jaguars (2009-12). In 2008, Cleveland tied for third in the NFL with 31 takeaways and second in the league with 23 interceptions. Tucker served as Jacksonville’s interim head coach for the final five games of the 2011 season and returned as defensive coordinator on Mike Mularkey’s staff in 2012 while adding the title of assistant head coach.
“You always want to get buy-in,” Tucker said. “That never stops. So each time I have contact with these guys, not just myself but the coaches, we want to build these relationships with these guys. We want to make sure that they know we care about them. We want to make sure that we’re for them, that we’re here for them each and every time we have contact with them.
“It’s in the hallway, it’s at the cafeteria, it’s in the meeting room, it’s on the field. Whatever it is, we’re always selling ourselves and selling the program to the players.”
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