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.