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Monday, January 5, 2009
Marinelli in demand

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

It's been assumed for a few days that former Detroit coach Rod Marinelli would soon join Chicago's defensive staff in some capacity, but it's apparently not a done deal.

Marinelli was scheduled to speak Monday with Seattle officials, possibly about the Seahawks' defensive coordinator position. Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer notes that Marinelli and Seahawks President Tim Ruskell worked together in Tampa Bay.

I'm aware of no direct connections between Marinelli and new Seahawks coach Jim Mora, who will replace outgoing coach Mike Holmgren. Joining a coaching staff based on a front-office connection is always a dicey situation. The head coach, in this case Mora, needs to be on board.

Bears coach Lovie Smith apparently wants Marinelli as well, and it appears a position is close to opening for him. Defensive line coach Brick Haley reportedly is set to join the staff at Louisiana State. If that move occurs, Marinelli could take over in his area of expertise and possibly add an assistant head coach's title as well.

Make sure to check my colleague Mike Sando's NFC West blog for future developments from the Seahawks' angle.