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Briggs: Bears have "different attitude" under "tough SOB" Marinelli

The Chicago Bears promoted Rod Marinelli from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator this offseason, and Bears linebacker Lance Briggs says that has made a big difference.

“My best definition of Marinelli is that he is a tough SOB,” Briggs said, per the Chicago Tribune. “He is the kind of guy you want to play for.”

Although head coach Lovie Smith is still in place, the coaching staff has undergone significant changes since the Bears went to Super Bowl XLI, and Briggs says that’s a good thing.

“We are not the team that went to the Super Bowl,” Briggs said. “We have a different attitude and it’s going to take a new attitude for us to be successful. The goal for us is to get back to being the real Monsters of the Midway.”

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  1. milehiclown says: Jun 22, 2010 8:49 AM

    Semantics. Briggs NEEDS to say: “We are not the team that LOST the Super Bowl.”
    GOING doesn’t mean squat otherwise my Broncos would be the benchmark (2-4 in the big game).

  2. Black QB White RB says: Jun 22, 2010 8:49 AM

    Sounds good!!!

  3. salmen76 says: Jun 22, 2010 8:51 AM

    I’m not a Bears fan but i like this kind of talk out of chicago……maybe my Saints can get revenge on you guys in the Championship game this year….ha ha….we da Champs….Reggie is da man…!!

  4. odds75to1 says: Jun 22, 2010 8:57 AM

    Good Luck with that Lance, he worked so well for the Lions…it’s all about the pad level LOL

  5. jsfb6pts says: Jun 22, 2010 8:59 AM

    “SOB” Marinelli is so tough he was the first coach to loose 16 games .

  6. Patriots51 says: Jun 22, 2010 9:05 AM

    milehiclown says:
    June 22, 2010 8:49 AM
    Semantics. Briggs NEEDS to say: “We are not the team that LOST the Super Bowl.”
    GOING doesn’t mean squat otherwise my Broncos would be the benchmark (2-4 in the big game).
    How can you say going to the Super Bowl doesnt mean squat??? The Bears were still the NFC Champs that season and thats no small feat at all… I would say Buffalo is the benchmark of Super Bowl records…

  7. MACK DADDY says: Jun 22, 2010 9:10 AM

    Ya, he did wonders for the d-line last season didn’t he.

  8. Bun McSticky says: Jun 22, 2010 9:16 AM

    That’s what Detroit said. Its all about the players.

  9. imissmydeadspin says: Jun 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    this crap again. great.

  10. Kris says: Jun 22, 2010 9:24 AM

    Lions were a different team under tough SOB Marinelli too.

  11. digitalbath says: Jun 22, 2010 9:25 AM

    milehiclown says:
    June 22, 2010 8:49 AM
    —————————
    i have to disagree,going is very much an accomplishment,you cant say every team that doesnt win the superbowl sucks,sometimes its not the best team that wins the SB,its the healthiest,colts didnt win last year but i dont think that makes them bad,the saints were better that day,marino never won the SB,he is still one of the best to ever play

  12. Flipadelphia says: Jun 22, 2010 9:30 AM

    Yeah Lions fans have heard all this before. Yeah the guy walked 15 miles uphill both ways to play football when he was younger. Yeah he ‘rassled a bear once.
    Wait till he plucks Dewayne White from the UFL cause he’s a Tampa Bay guy. Then we’ll see how great he is….until then….he’s the first coach to go 0-16.

  13. GBfanForever says: Jun 22, 2010 9:31 AM

    Give me a break. If seasoned veteran linebackers in their 30′s still need a coach to toughen and motivate them, they might be in the wrong profession. I don’t think the defenses’ toughness here is in question, it’s the age and declining level of talent.

  14. MotorCityKitties says: Jun 22, 2010 9:31 AM

    If tough = 0-16. You can keep your tough.

  15. jibfest says: Jun 22, 2010 9:35 AM

    Coaching the Lions to 0-16 would wear on anyone, making them “tough”. Whenever Lance Briggs opens his mouth, stupid stuff always flows out.

  16. Topher says: Jun 22, 2010 9:37 AM

    Translation: “We’d rather play Bears football than win.”

  17. bbeer says: Jun 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    @Patriots51
    remember the vikings too…they love losing in the big game, yet according to their fans, they’re the best team in the league year after year. Weird.

  18. Chicagojeff says: Jun 22, 2010 9:44 AM

    Love it.. Briggs is one of the leaders.. if the players and Coach Love all realize that this season comes down to them.. and no excuses.. Then I can get behind my guys!!! And not to forget Jerry Angelo in the crosshairs as well.

  19. 90ragtop says: Jun 22, 2010 9:57 AM

    It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken.

  20. bennybear25 says: Jun 22, 2010 10:05 AM

    milehiclown says:
    June 22, 2010 8:49 AM
    Semantics. Briggs NEEDS to say: “We are not the team that LOST the Super Bowl.”
    GOING doesn’t mean squat otherwise my Broncos would be the benchmark (2-4 in the big game).
    ———————————————-
    hmm….still bitter about the Jay Cutler thing…but even if just going to super bowls WAS the thing, the Broncs wouldnt be the benchmark. the Cowboys have been to EIGHT.

  21. milehiclown says: Jun 22, 2010 10:16 AM

    @ Patriots51: how can the Bills be the benchmark of superbowl records? They have as many losses as my Donks (4) but no wins (and two fewer games). I think the Vikes have lost four too. My point is that being satisfied with GOING is not the mark of a winner.
    @digitalbath: Marino is NOT a good example. Have you seen that guy seethe with rage whenever anybody brings up he never won the superbowl? Great passer, for sure. But not a great quarterback. There is a huge difference. I mean, he rushed for under 100yards in his CAREER. Sure, he could pass the ball but if he can’t move he is one dimensional, by defintion.
    And: isn’t the mark of excellence, for better or worse, one’s ability to win a superbowl? It was for Elway. Until he won people always claimed that his legacy was tainted.

  22. Bearing Down says: Jun 22, 2010 10:46 AM

    Apparently Marinelli’s attitude has changed from that year as well.
    My Bears are a dam joke.

  23. purpleguy says: Jun 22, 2010 10:54 AM

    Wasn’t this coach also there last season? So they weren’t tough last year? Aren’t they supposed to be tough every year? If they play better this year it will be because they’re healthy, not any lame new “tough” attitude crap.

  24. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jun 22, 2010 10:55 AM

    nice they feel that way now but the real test comes when they face a team that is moving the ball on them.will he be allowed to make adj. or will Lovie stick to what is not working while the opposing team keeps moving the ball?

  25. TheRedBengal says: Jun 22, 2010 11:06 AM

    It’s too bad for the Bears. They had their window of opportunity, but failed, thanks to Grossman. They were clearly the best team that year. If only they’d of had ANYONE but Grossman as the QB, Manning would still be captain choke

  26. db3300 says: Jun 22, 2010 11:24 AM

    I don’t recall him being the coach that the Lions’ players wanted to play for. The Bears are just another pretender and will be lucky to win 8 games.

  27. vanhelsing says: Jun 22, 2010 11:56 AM

    2008 lions, 4-0 in preseason.
    preseason tough!

  28. BlueLion01 says: Jun 22, 2010 12:50 PM

    So let me get this right. They hired “pick and ax, pad level” Marinelly as DC and Mark “My system needs 3 plus years to work right” Martz as OC right before a make or break season for everybody? Is Lovie just completely nuts or is he on some kind of forbidden substance?
    Damn, Chicago is going to be a fun MESS this season?

  29. brasho says: Jun 22, 2010 1:00 PM

    You guys ragging on Marinelli obviously have forgotten that he was the DL coach of the unit that carried the 02 Bucs to a win in the Super Bowl. Marinelli’s guys on the Bucs loved him and would run theough walls for him. He was the premier DL coach in the NFL in the last 25+ years and HE IS a tough SOB. Maybe he’s not a good or even average head coach, neither are you idiots, but he can coach the hell out of a defense, especially the line. I give him all the credit in the world and wish he would come to my team.

  30. Mean and Nasty says: Jun 22, 2010 1:25 PM

    It takes the biggest loser in NFL coaching history to get you fired up, Lance?? Haha gonna be a loooooong year in the Windy City…

  31. Cornerdenizen says: Jun 22, 2010 1:30 PM

    Excellent point, Brasho.
    @BlueLion01:
    You do realize that both Marinelli (Bucs) and Martz (Rams) have rings as coordinators, right?
    On most planets that means the coach probably knows what he’s doing. Its not a guarantee for an undefeated season or a championship, but it counts as some kind of credibility.
    Do you people even like football? Or are people like you just bitter morons looking for a place to vent?

  32. milehiclown says: Jun 22, 2010 2:11 PM

    @bennybear25: right you are about the ‘Boys. But bitter about Cutler? Why? He sucked with us. He sucks with you.

  33. Other Bears says: Jun 22, 2010 2:29 PM

    brasho says:
    June 22, 2010 1:00 PM
    You guys ragging on Marinelli obviously have forgotten that he was the DL coach of the unit that carried the 02 Bucs to a win in the Super Bowl.
    —————————————–
    You have obviously forgotten that he was the DL coach of the unit that showed ZERO improvement last year over the year prior.
    Add the fact that the team’s 2nd best DE was let go for two unproven players to “step in”, while he signed with the SB champs and is working at the starting spot with them!
    The Bears have little chance this year.

  34. vanhelsing says: Jun 22, 2010 2:44 PM

    db, there aint no coach most lions would like to play for.
    detroit is the next stop on the train line after oblivion.
    oakland and st. louis are after detroit nowadays, however!

  35. cadillacjosh says: Jun 22, 2010 2:57 PM

    Does anyone seem to realize there are only 2 people on the Bears’ D the age of 30 or above?

  36. Jabberwocky says: Jun 22, 2010 3:03 PM

    First, Briggs isn’t in his thirties Cheesefanforever. Second, Marinelli’s 0-16 team was devoid of talent, and had less to do with him being a coach and more to do with Millen being a moron of a GM. Third, getting to the SB is a great feat because it OBVIOUSLY gives your team the chance to win the game. Of course, every losing team tried to win the game, so it’s dumb to speculate on whether or not it’s a good goal to have.
    MileHiClown- indeed you’re a clown cause Cutler was actually good for you. How do you not say he was good with nearly a 90% career passer rating while on the Donkeys?

  37. piccolo says: Jun 22, 2010 7:42 PM

    Soooo … Lovie, the head coach, was the DC last year. Now Rod gets to try the DC job and Briggs says they have a “different attitude”?
    Yikesters.
    Thank God the Blackhawks won. At least we can hang our hats on that for a few years.

  38. Canned Heat says: Jun 23, 2010 12:56 PM

    milehiclown says:
    June 22, 2010 8:49 AM
    Semantics. Briggs NEEDS to say: “We are not the team that LOST the Super Bowl.”
    GOING doesn’t mean squat otherwise my Broncos would be the benchmark (2-4 in the big game).
    On the contrary….the Vikings 0-4 record in Super Bowls should be the true benchmark…along with some team from Buffalo.

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