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.