Make your airfare and hotel reservations for Miami for next February now Bears fans. As reported by Vaugh McClure in the Chicago Tribune, Rod Marinelli has accepted the Bears offer as assistant head coach/defensive line coach. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Marinelli was the head coach for a historic team this past season. He guided the Detroit Lions to an NFL first-ever 0-16 season.
Lovie and Marinelli were both position coaches under Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay.
In fairness to the Bears, Marinelli is regarded as a great defensive line coach and had long been on Lovie’s radar. And just to show that he’ll fit in well with the Chicago way of doing business, McClure reports:
Marinelli’s hiring could lead ex-Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry to the Bears as the linebackers coach. Barry is Marinelli’s son-in-law. The Bears have an opening at the position after firing Lloyd Lee. Bob Babich is expected to remain the Bears defensive coordinator.
I’ll save my smart-ass comments about wishing Marinelli’s daughter had married a better coordinator. But do you think they have a safety, linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback in the family???