NFC North: Houston Chronicle

Marinelli watch

January, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

To clarify our Thursday post on former Detroit coach Rod Marinelli, the Houston Texans are interested in him as a potential defensive line coach but apparently not as a defensive coordinator.

That was the information reported Friday by the Houston Chronicle. After interviewing for positions in Chicago, Seattle and Houston, Marinelli told the paper he planned to take a few days to contemplate his future.

There is little doubt the Bears want Marinelli to join their staff in a substantive way after firing all three of their primary defensive position coaches. We're assuming the Bears have their defensive line job in mind for him, considering that coordinator Bob Babich remains under contract. It would be highly unusual for the Bears to demote Babich and hire a new coordinator over top of him.

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