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With Trestman Aboard, Marinelli Out As Defensive Coordinator

Rod Marinelli will need to update his resume, as he will be job searching likely in the next 24 hours.

Reports say that the Bears, fresh off the hire of Marc Trestman as their new head coach, won’t be bringing Marinelli back as defensive coordinator for the 2013 season.

Marinelli, who has a very close relationship with fired Bears coach Lovie Smith, is being recruited by new head coach Marc Trestman to stay on board, but to this point has been unsuccessful and he is expected to leave the team shortly.

Trestman is in the process of putting together a new staff that includes several of the other men who interviewed for the head coaching position (former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, former head coach in San Francisco, might also end up joining this staff, sources said): Marinelli would be a natural fit as the linebackers coach in Dallas, under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, who he has worked with before.

Trestman wants to revamp the team, and it starts with the staff, so canning Marinelli isn’t that big of a shock. He’s part of the reason along with injuries the Bears D withered down the stretch in 2012.



  1. TJ

    January 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

    What are we supposed to garner from this story? If Trestman is trying to recruit Marinelli, then it’s not the Bears who “aren’t brining him back”. It’s Marinelli who wants to bolt. And he must really want to bolt if he’s leaving a proven DC job with major upside for a gig as a position coach. The only thing I don’t understand is why Marinelli waited until now to make the decision. If he had no intention of returning under another coach, he could have started looking for jobs much sooner.

  2. mburton413

    January 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Ya, I’m confused too. If Trestman is recruiting him, it’s not the Bears not bringing him back. And if he’s recruiting Maranelli, how does that fit with the entire last paragraph where Trestman is “revamping” the team so “canning” Maranelli isn’t a shock. Come on, either the Bears want Rod back and he wants to leave, or the Bears don’t want him back.
    Which is it?

  3. Bob

    January 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Mel Tucker is not a bad replacement. Dude has 4-3 and 3-4 experience and was sought after league wide for coaching positions, including head coaching openings. He supposedly was a runner up or the Wisconsin HC job as well. Getting tired of people saying how dumb it was to let Marinelli go. First off we didn’t, he was offered an extension and instead chose to leave. Second, don’t you think there would be some bad blood after losing his buddy Lovie. Best to start fresh. I highly doubt Tillman forgets how to strip the ball or Lance Briggs forgets how to tackle. Peppers, Melton, Shea, Wooten etc will still get after Qb’s. Marinelli is a good coach but he is hardly the godlike coach people are making him out to be. Give half the DC in the league the roster and talent we have and they would look legit also. Marinelli didn’t do anything when he had no talent as Lions Head coach. Same deal with Tice as Minnesota HC, that O-line and D-line made those years semi succesful. Basically, talent will make coaches look good. Good employees (players) and the business will run smoothly. I hope Emery’s second offseason consist of solidifying an O-line via free agency and draft. Same deal with TE. I would like to see Jared Cook as a Bear or go big and trade a pick for Vernon Davis, who is underutilized in SF. Rest of picks toward Defence.

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