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Bears promote Marinelli to defensive coordinator

The Bears announced Friday that they have promoted line coach Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator, replacing Lovie Smith.

Smith is obviously staying on as head coach, but will no longer call the plays on defense.  Marinelli will take on that duty for the first time in his coaching career.
Marinelli had previously expressed hesitancy to become coordinator because his work with the Bears’ defensive linemen was not done.
Assistant DL coach Eric Washington was promoted to full-time line coach.
There’s not a great way to tell what impact Marinelli’s promotion will have on Chicago’s defense, but we’re guessing not a whole lot will change on game days.  Marinelli comes from the same Tampa-2 style background as Smith.
The Bears’ coaching staff is complete.
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33 Responses to “Bears promote Marinelli to defensive coordinator”
  1. seskey says: Feb 5, 2010 4:31 PM

    Im a Detroiter and cant be more happy for you Chicago. Fill that Great Lake with your tears…..

  2. JayBot says: Feb 5, 2010 4:32 PM

    Marinelli = The last man standing

  3. Pack_Attack says: Feb 5, 2010 4:41 PM

  4. CYGNUS X-1 says: Feb 5, 2010 4:43 PM

    so in other words the defense will still suck but with a different loser coach calling the shots.

  5. BigTrav03 says: Feb 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    Bob Babich will be??

  6. seskey says: Feb 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    in the D he was Dead Man walking. He’s a stand up guy though.

  7. faulkn22 says: Feb 5, 2010 4:45 PM

    Chicago, your pad levels will be strong, but your win totals will not be. I feel so bad for that team and that city right now…. Wow.

  8. Jimmysmith. says: Feb 5, 2010 4:45 PM

    In a Nation wide study of all cities of NFL teams,it appears that the Green Bay Packers fans are well below the mental retardation in IQ tests.They also scored very low in human relations and reasoning tests.Further more tests show addiction to abnormal sexuality with farm animals and pets alike.

  9. jd says: Feb 5, 2010 4:52 PM

    Now if the Bears can just manage to get back the magic of the ’06 Lions……..
    Da Bears!

  10. Floyd the Barber says: Feb 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    Hmmm. Wonder if Marinelli and martz will have any Gilbride – Buddy Ryan moments?
    One can only hope…

  11. The Polish Rifle says: Feb 5, 2010 4:58 PM

    ” The Bears’ coaching staff is complete. ”
    … but the team isn’t or even close, so unless Rod, Martz, & Tice can put on a uniform & play both sides of the ball, while playing multiple positions on each side then… The bears STILL SUCK!!!
    GO PACK GO!!!

  12. TheGooch says: Feb 5, 2010 5:14 PM


  13. doe22us says: Feb 5, 2010 5:20 PM

    in the end all 4 former head coaches will be looking for new gigs Lovie, Tice, Martz, and Marribell

  14. Peoples Champ says: Feb 5, 2010 5:21 PM

    Two words to describe the Bears next year: SUCK FAILURE!!

  15. Midway Monster says: Feb 5, 2010 5:22 PM

    How predictable.
    Now get out of the news jokers!

  16. perryjoseph says: Feb 5, 2010 5:26 PM

    The Polish Rifle is a HUGE TOOL & D-Bag. Nice post…..

  17. purpleguy says: Feb 5, 2010 5:28 PM

    Of course they promoted from within. No way in hell were they once again going through the adverse publicity of being turned down by 623 candidates.

  18. BoomerB51 says: Feb 5, 2010 5:44 PM

    It’s like an All-Star team of the NFL’s worst head coaches…
    Tice, Martz, Marinelli?!?!
    What the hell, is Matt Millen going to be calling every game too?
    I’m a die-hard Bears fan but this bunch of retreads is not sitting right with me!

  19. adeem4578 says: Feb 5, 2010 5:47 PM

    wow i am overjoyed… this of course coming from a lions fan.. enjoy having one of if not the worst defense in the league next year and an overly pass happy offense and the 2-3 wins next year bears fans

  20. bluelion says: Feb 5, 2010 5:49 PM

    “Marinelli had previously expressed hesitancy to become coordinator because his work with the Bears’ defensive linemen was not done.”
    Please provide the reference to this alleged fact.
    Marinelli clearly declined the opportunity to become the DC for da Bears a few weeks ago. The reason? Because he’s much more comfortable not being directly responsible for anything and being a ‘rah, rah’ bag of wind.
    My evidence of this? Take a look at what positions he’s held for his entire career.
    Loser Rod will be one and done as DC. The Bears D will be worse than the Lions this year – take it to the bank!

  21. rbais2 says: Feb 5, 2010 5:52 PM

    Watch Marinelli will screw up the already out-of-date and inept Tampa-2 and blame Martz.
    Rod Marinelli: The last place defense and 7-9 record was all Mike Martz’s fault!!!!
    So was the 0-16 season!!! All Martz’s fault!!!
    Joe Cullen driving in a Wendy’s drive-thru naked!!! All Martz’s fault!!!
    The potential divorce between my idiot defensive coordinator son-in-law and daughter!!! All Martz’s fault!!!!

  22. jasncondit says: Feb 5, 2010 5:59 PM

    All I can say is when Lovie Smith gets fired Marinelli will be promoted by your new GM Matt Millen.
    Bend over Chicago Fans and BEAR DOWN!!!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Signed – Martin Mayhew

  23. GBP says: Feb 5, 2010 6:07 PM

    Jimmy smith – you’re an idiot.

  24. tealc666 says: Feb 5, 2010 6:09 PM

    we let a butkus walk and hire lovies son what a steaming pile of crap i hope they self destruct

  25. bluelion says: Feb 5, 2010 6:17 PM

    In the year 2011…
    Lovie gets fired.
    Martz gets promoted to HC.
    Martz fires Marinelli.
    Payback is a bi@tch.

  26. Jabberwocky says: Feb 5, 2010 6:17 PM

    I was actually happy for the Martz signing, but this promotion is making my physically ill. At least Martz has experience guiding successful offenses.

  27. Rex Grossman says: Feb 5, 2010 6:20 PM

    He didn’t do shit with the D-line, which was his only duty, and so he gets a promotion?
    That sounds fantastic! Go Bears! The future is now.

  28. hizzle1281 says: Feb 5, 2010 8:30 PM


  29. Drat says: Feb 5, 2010 9:05 PM

    Cripes. Good thing they hired Martz, they’ll need the points.

  30. MotorCityDiddy says: Feb 5, 2010 10:30 PM

    Out of options at OT, this “line coach” was forced to play Damien Woody (who had been a healthy scratch for the 4 games prior) at the end of the ’07 season and found out he was the best OT on the team!?! How was an NFL coach (who’s specialty, allegedly, is in the trenches) not able to recognize this in training camp? Or be able to pick his best 7-8 D-linemen as opposed to carrying 10-12 on the roster?
    Bears, good luck amassing the 7-8 pro bowlers that are required to make his D work.

  31. The Polish Rifle says: Feb 5, 2010 11:50 PM

    Glad you liked the post! How about this one…

  32. Mike R. says: Feb 6, 2010 5:39 AM

    The Kansas City Chiefs hire Crennel and Weis as their coordinators and the Bears get two guys that nobody else would hire. When did the Bears become a small market team ? This is what happens when a penny pinching 85 year old woman has a strangle hold on a franchise.
    Lovie Smith shot his brains out when he fired Ron Rivera after the ’06 season and it will be fun watching him get canned after the 2010 train wreck. Maybe after a fourth consecutive non playoff season someone will have enough sense to give Bill Cowher a call.

  33. bluestree says: Feb 6, 2010 9:23 AM

    Sure seems like Angelo is setting up a staf that will be easy to scapegoat after next season.

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