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Everyone wants a piece of Rod Marinelli

1/8/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
You have to wonder how Chicago's front office is reacting as former Detroit coach Rod Marinelli zig-zags the country to interview with teams looking for defensive coordinators.

Marinelli's latest visit is Thursday in Houston, where the Texans have openings at both defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Marinelli has also visited with Seattle officials and apparently has been hotly pursued around the NFL.

The Bears presumably want Marinelli to be their defensive line coach, and he could conceivably get an assistant head coach's title as well. There aren't many positive things you can say about Marinelli's tenure as a head coach, and he's never been an NFL coordinator. But he was widely respected as a defensive line coach with Tampa Bay and would be an excellent hire in that role for the Bears.

We know Marinelli is close with Bears coach Lovie Smith, but would he spurn a coordinator's job to come to Chicago? Marinelli could be facing that decision by the end of this week.

Losing out on Marinelli wouldn't preclude the Bears from finding a strong defensive line coach. But they almost certainly wouldn't find a better one.