Unless there is another stop on the Rod Marinelli NFL Tour, he will be choosing between the Bears and Houston Texans at any time.
Word out of Seattle is that Marinelli is no longer in consideration for the defensive coordinator position with the Seahawks. The National Football Post reported Thursday that Jim Mora had hired Casey "Gus'' Bradley for the job, although no official word has come on that. However, it's at least in line with what we're hearing from the Emerald City, that Marinelli is no longer in the works there.
That means it could come down to the Texans and deep-pocketed owner Bob McNair and the Bears, where Marinelli has personal ties with several people, most importantly head coach Lovie Smith.
Marinelli, 59, visited Halas Hall on Jan. 2 and was in Houston to meet with Texans coach Gary Kubiak on Thursday. Marinelli said he would wait a few days to see how things work out. We're not sure how much there is to sort through if it's down to these two teams. Marinelli was courted to be the defensive line coach in Houston where Mario Williams is a one-man band. Here, he'd be charged with rebuilding a line anchored by former Pro Bowl tackle Tommie Harris.
The Lions are on the hook for one more year with Marinelli at $2 million. That means if the Texans or Bears were to hire him to coach the line at $1 million per year, they would pay him that amount and Detroit would be responsible for the remaining $1 million.
That kind of price tag isn't out of line with what some of the top position coaches in the league are receiving, and Marinelli certainly holds a reputation as a fine line coach. But that would surely be richer than the Bears would want to go. So it could come down to more money in Houston or a chance to reunite with Smith & Co.