The Road To Bourbonnais

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Road To Bourbonnais: Mel Tucker

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Mel Tucker, 41, takes over a defense in transition. Gone is the face of the franchise as Brian Urlacher retired after 13 years. Tucker has been a defensive coordinator the last five seasons, including the last four with the Jacksonville Jaguars after one year with the Cleveland Browns. Tucker replaces Rod Marinelli as DC, but he essentially replaces Lovie Smith as the man running the defense. Tucker plans to use the same terminology as Smith with a few wrinkles of his own in 2013. But will the defense remain the stingy unit Bears fans have become accustomed to over the years?