Bears Can’t Give Away Defensive Coordinator Job

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Marinelli: Success is thy middle name

Much like their open offensive coordinator position, which they finally filled with their seventh choice, the Chicago Bears couldn’t find a defensive coordinator.

So, on Friday they decided to give up and make assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli their defensive coordinator.

Wait a minute, you say? I know this Marinelli guy!

You sure do, because prior to joining the Bears staff last season Marinelli was head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2006-2008. You remember the 2008 Detroit Lions – those guys that went 0-16? Well, the mastermind behind all of that greatness was none other than the Bears new defensive coordinator.

Marinelli has never been a coordinator at any level of football before, which you may find curious since he was a head coach in Detroit. I will remind you, though, that Matt “Worst GM In The History of Time” Millen was the boss in Detroit when Marinelli was hired.

But I digress…

The Bears tried to hire former Buffalo Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell as their defensive coordinator, but he chose to take the same job with the New York Giants. The Bears then… sat around for a while with their thumbs in their asses.

Oh, wait, no. They tried to hire an offensive coordinator and on the seventh day try, they finally found someone willing to take the job. So they turned their full focus to defensive coordinator, a role that Bears head coach Lovie Smith held last season.

After an “exhaustive” search, the Bears came up with Marinelli, who didn’t want the job in early January when it was announced the position was open.

“I’ve talked to Rod about all of the different things I am going to do,” Smith said on Jan. 5. “Rod would like to be in his position of being an assistant head coach, and helping me with other things like that, and coaching the defensive line. That’s a full-time job.”

When I say exhaustive search, I essentially mean Smith calling Marinelli and pleading with him to take the job because no one else would, followed by Marinelli relenting.

Let’s face it. The Bears could have bumbled around and tried to interview a bunch of people for the job who didn’t want it, or they could have, with a little spin from the PR department, just given the job to someone in house who’s going to get shitcanned with Lovie next year anyway. In this scenario, at least they don’t look completely inept to the observer like they did during their offensive coordinator search.

Again, well done Chicago.

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5 Comments on "Bears Can’t Give Away Defensive Coordinator Job"

  1. jeremy

    The last time Martz and Marinelli were together they went 7-9. I wouldn’t expect much more than that this time around.

    My question is, why didn’t Smith call around a bit to gauge potential interest in coming to the bears before he sacked his entire staff? He can’t be completely dumb he did win the 2005 COY.

  2. Gerald

    Martz was always their first choice but nice fudge-Packer propaganda

    How ashamed will you be when this former detroit group whups on Greenbay twice next year? Worse then when Farve did it?

  3. Joe

    I agree with Gerald, Go Bears. Wasn’t Dom Capers head coaching record prior to coaching the defense of the pack 2-14. Yes, is the answer. Go BEARS.

  4. Ted

    Another view from a Bears fan – you nailed it. Lovie was kept on simply to save $$$. No one wants the Bears coordinator jobs because they come attached to Lovie, and his outdated ideas. The fact that he keeps a lot of guys on the roster strictly because they are vets he likes – “they are good special teams players”, the team will say, also hurts.

    We basically have the old Lions staff now. Maybe we can go 0-16, too. If I were a Packers fan I would be very happy.

  5. 12meninthehuddle

    Gerald………come on man. Detroit is not going to win 2 games next season. Get back to us when you guys start playing big boy football and not that lackluster, choke artist crap that you have been famous for in the past 5-6 seasons. you guys have a 20 game road losing streak, the 4th longest in NFL history. For your own good stop talking smack…..it won’t end well your ya, you little lions fan.

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