Mel Tucker a coaching candidate for the Chiefs, according to report

Joe Robbins

Tucker has been the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars in each of the last four seasons and served as the interim head coach following the firing of Jack Del Rio.

With Romeo Crennel out in Kansas City, Clark Hunt is on the hunt for the new head coach of the Chiefs who will likely determine the fate of general manager Scott Pioli. Among the possible coaching candidates for the Chiefs is Jaguars defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Mel Tucker, according to a report from Warpaint Illustrated.

Tucker, 40, is also a possible candidate in the impending staff search that a new Chiefs head coach would make to presumably fill the same position that he currently owns with the Jaguars. Tucker was a candidate for the Wisconsin Badgers head coaching vacancy and interviewed for the job in December.

After one season as defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, Tucker made a lateral move to join the Jaguars. While the team struggled defensively in the first two seasons of his tenure, the Jaguars defense rose to top 10 in the league in 2011 and he served as the team's interim head coach following the firing of Jack Del Rio.

In 2012, the Jaguars defense finished as the No. 29 team in points allowed and No. 30 in yardage allowed. The Chiefs finished No. 25 in points allowed and No. 20 in yardage allowed.

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