Bears New DC Shows Confidence in Keeping Things the Same and More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02:  Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears upends Anthony McCoy #85 of the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Most of the time, it seems nobody in the NFL listens to that old chestnut, but the Chicago Bears' new defensive coordinator, Mel Tucker, just might be.

The Tribune's Dan Pompei says Tucker is fine with the status quo and isn't looking to change things and impose his will when it all worked really well for most of last year.

That's not to say he won't tweak things or add changes and wrinkles—just that he won't blow everything up because "hey, it's my defense now."

If you were a Bears fan worried about the long-time dominant defense was going to get changed, that players like Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman were going to be hammered into a new shape because, well it's new—worry no more.

As Briggs points out, Tucker sounds comfortable and confident in himself and his job. There's no need to come blowing in and push veterans around like some coaches tend to. Not when he sees them as resources who can keep this defense at the top of their game.

That's just smart—and frankly a little too rare in football these days, where egos cause coaches to change what doesn't need to be.

Are there teams with defenses in need of being blown up? Sure, every year.

The Bears' defense isn't one of those, though, and it is good to hear Tucker is smart enough to see that.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

While the defense is staying relatively the same, the offense is about to undergo some huge changes. Brad Biggs of the Tribune has some insight into the various sources and teams it will draw inspiration from. 

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson takes a look at former safety and new defensive quality control coach Chris Harris as he starts his new life on the coaching side of things. 


Detroit Lions

Over at MLive, Justin Rogers reports that center Dominic Raiola took a pay cut so he could stay with the Lions.

The Lions shouldn't pass on a defensive end with their first round pick, according to the Detroit News' Chris McCosky.


Green Bay Packers

Zach Kruse hops in the Way Back Machine over at Cheesehead TV to re-grade the Packers' 2010 draft.

The Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty says that even as well paid as Aaron Rodgers is, it's too little.


Minnesota Vikings

Over at 1500 ESPN, Cris Carter says he wouldn't have been able to fight through his addiction without the Vikings.

The Star Tribune's Dan Wiederer talks about the debate surrounding whether to keep Percy Harvin or trade him.


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