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Bears turn attention to defensive coordinator

With the Bears having hired Mike Martz to run their offense, the team’s attention now turns to finding a defensive play-caller.  

Roughly one month ago, coach Lovie Smith announced that Chicago would look outside the organization for his right-hand man on defense.  At Martz’s introduction Monday, however, Smith said the club is “keeping all options open right now.”
Line coach Rod Marinelli and defensive backs coach Jon Hoke are in-house options to take over as Bears defensive coordinator.  
Marinelli’s agent, Frank Bauer, indicated at last week’s Senior Bowl that his client might hesitate to give up working with Chicago’s front four after just one year on the job, and Marinelli’s work not done.  Marinelli has also never been a defensive coordinator.
Hoke was Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator at Florida during the early 2000s.
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5 Responses to “Bears turn attention to defensive coordinator”
  1. GBP says: Feb 2, 2010 10:26 AM

    They’ll have a D-Coordinator by June.

  2. rbais2 says: Feb 2, 2010 11:14 AM

    I miss Ron Rivera!!!

  3. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 2, 2010 12:29 PM

    Greg Blache isn’t up to jack squat these days

  4. vegas bears fan says: Feb 2, 2010 1:33 PM

    I second the motion of rbias2. How did Bears reward Rivera for creating a defense that took us to the Superbowl- they fired him. I will be happy with anyone except Marinelli- he couldn’t conjer ebough defense to not lose all 16 games in Detroit- how good could he be.

  5. MarkTroy says: Feb 2, 2010 2:24 PM

    Is the candidate supposed to have a dinner date (i.e. suck-up session) with Urlacher, like Martz did with Cuntler?

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