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Bears fire former UND player Tibesar

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have decided to retain defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for 2014, but the team has parted ways with former UND player and coach Tim Tibesar, who was the Bears’ linebackers coach.

Tucker was informed he would return for his second season under head coach Marc Trestman, who blamed injuries and youth for the team finishing 30th in total defense.

Tim TibesarWith linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles Tillman out with injuries for more than half of the 2013 season, Trestman said there was a clear dropoff. The defense was also thinned at defensive tackle by injuries, including franchise free agent Henry Melton.

Tibesar has had coaching stints at UND, Kansas State and Purdue. He was also Trestman’s defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

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