Now it appears there are two positions for Lovie Smith to fill on his coaching staff. Our cohort Mike Mulligan reports that Brick Haley will accept an offer to become the defensive line coach at LSU making for a nice, tidy exit for him. A web site devoted to following athletics at the school also says Haley is in the door in Baton Rouge. An official announcement could come from the school later today.
The position might not be open long. Smith is expected to add former Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli to his staff. The two met Friday at Halas Hall and things could fall in place quickly.
Haley played for new LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis at Alabama A&M in the mid-1980's, and the two share the same agent. He will be the second line coach to leave Smith's staff and head to LSU. Karl Dunbar made the same move but was with the Tigers for just a season as he then got back into the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.
Smith is seeking to find his fourth defensive backs coach in six years, and when Haley departs he'll be looking for his fourth line coach in the same span. Of course, that search isn't expected to take long with Marinelli on the horizon. So far, the only official move with the Bears' coaching staff has been the firing of defensive backs coach Steve Wilks, which was announced last week. Wilks told the Sun-Times he is weighing options and his first choice is to remain in the NFL.