Chicago Bears: assistant coaches
January, 8, 2013
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
Mass exodus of Lovie Smith's assistants must wait until after general manager Phil Emery hires a new coach, according to a source who said the remaining assistants currently under contract haven't been given permission to seek opportunities elsewhere.
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhConsidering Rod Marinelli's relationship with Lovie Smith, would he want to work for another Bears' coach?
That means the staff is left to twist in uncertainty as Emery continues the search for a successor to Smith.
Such a dynamic isn't anything new. It's commonplace for a team firing a coach to want to retain key members of the staff. But it's also not guaranteed Chicago's new hire would want to bring back any of the coaches. By keeping the staff in place throughout the search, the Bears protect themselves in the event the new head coach experiences difficulty in putting together a group of assistants.
Given the team's success on defense over the years, and the pieces already in place in terms of personnel, the Bears would like to bring back defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. One source close to the process said "the key" for any new coach "is to get Rod back; not because he's under contract, but because he wants to work for you."
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