More coaching carnage in Chicago

January, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

What once appeared a tweak in the Chicago coaching staff has now turned into full-scale upheaval. The Bears fired linebackers coach Lloyd Lee on Tuesday, the third defensive assistant to leave the organization since the end of the season. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times has the story.

The Bears have now fired Lee and secondary coach Steve Wilks. Defensive line coach Brick Haley reportedly will join the staff at Louisiana State. As of Tuesday, the only defensive assistant remaining is the one many Chicago fans were hoping would depart: Defensive coordinator Bob Babich.

Former Detroit coach Rod Marinelli is a candidate for the defensive line job. The Bears have offered no comment on Babich's status, but from afar it appears that coach Lovie Smith has chosen Babich over the rest of the defensive staff. (Biggs reports that changing Babich's title could be a possibility.)

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