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Bears defensive coordinator says he’s not focused on future

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker insists he is only focused on one thing.

That would be the next game, not his future.

Tucker says that “may be hard to believe,” but it’s not difficult for a coach or player to focus on the task at hand.

Chicago hosts New Orleans on Monday in a game between disappointing teams that are 5-8. While the Saints are tied with Atlanta for the NFC South lead, the Bears will miss the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.

Their defense has struggled in two seasons under Tucker, who says he hasn’t discussed his future with his bosses.


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