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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Bears fire coordinator Turner

By Jeff Dickerson
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Changes are under way at Halas Hall as coaches were told their fates by the Chicago Bears' brass.

As expected, the Bears fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner. The Bears also parted ways with tight ends coach Rob Boras, offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus, quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach Charles London.

Mike Martz, who was the St. Louis Rams head coach for Super Bowl XXXVI and their offensive coordinator when they won Super Bowl XXXIV, told ESPN 1000 he would be interested in the Bears' offensive coordinator position if contacted.

According to the Tribune, the Bears discussed turning over defensive coordinator responsibilities to Rod Marinelli, who was the defensive line coach this season. The Tribune says one source believes Marinelli will take over as defensive coordinator but another says he will remain as defensive line coach.

The team will hold a 3 p.m. ET news conference to announce changes in the coaching staff.

Turner spent nine seasons over two stints as the Bears offensive coordinator. He's been in that role for the last five years and helped guide the Bears to Super Bowl XLI. But the Bears' offense struggled this season, despite the addition of quarterback Jay Cutler, who threw 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

An original member of Lovie Smith's staff, Boras, a graduate of Glenbard West, oversaw a very productive unit from 2004-09. In 2008, Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen combined for 95 catches, a franchise record for the tight end position.