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Rod Marinelli Steps Down As Defensive Coordinator

(Source) New Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said during his introductory news conference Thursday that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has decided to move on. “I had a chance to talk to Rod, and we had a good discussion,” Trestman said. “He’s made up his mind, I believe, to move on. I know to move on. “And we’ll begin the process of identifying those people that can be put in a position. But that’s a process I’ll begin to talk to (general manager Phil Emery) about once we move on today.”

Marinelli spent four seasons with the Bears, including the past three as defensive coordinator. He was previously the defensive line/assistant head coach. The Bears’ defense ranked fifth in total defense this season, 17th last season and No. 9 in 2010. The Bears led the NFL with 24 interceptions, including eight for touchdowns, this season. Marinelli was the Lions’ head coach from 2006-08. He went 10-38, including an 0-16 record in 2008.

 

First of all, for anyone who didn’t listen/watch the press conference today,  Phil Emery and Marc Trestman are essentially the same person. Monotone, boring, but undoubtedly the smartest guy (s) in the room. If you wanted fire and passion, you’re not going to find it at Halas Hall. But I don’t care. That’s a meatball way of thinking. Guys who think yelling=caring. All I want is wins and Trestman and Emery seem so well prepared and smart that I’m supremely confident wins and a Super Bowl are on the way.

 

EXCEPT… the news that Rod Marinelli is no longer going to be the DC. That’s an immediate blow to this team’s 2013 chances. And any thought that Urlacher may come back is probably going out the door with Rod too. I’m sure we can find an adequate replacement but at the same time I don’t think any group of players LOVED their coach more than this Defense loved Lovie, and when Lovie left there was the feeling that if Rod stayed we’d be ok. Well now its a total house clean, and I’m not saying its a bad thing but right now, for this upcoming season, it can’t be considered all that great.

 

Then again, there is one man that would be great for the job….

 

(obviously joking, I’d kill myself if I have to look at his fat mug every Sunday)